Whether you’re in Skipton for business or pleasure – if it’s shopping you’re after, you’re in luck. Independent shops are the backbone of Skipton as a destination – with specialists in just about anything you can think of. As a consequence, it’s one of the best places in North Yorkshire when it comes to shopping.
However, if you’re new to the area – it can often be difficult to know where to begin. But don’t fear, we’ve put together this handy guide on where to find some of the most wonderful independent shops in Skipton.
You’ll find this family run jewellers on the balcony of the Craven Court shopping centre. Between them, the owners have an impressive 36 years in the industry so they’re certainly the people to go to if you have any questions or queries about fine jewellery. They stock an ever-changing collection of beautifully restored antique jewellery and they also offer repairs, re-modelling and a bespoke jewellery making service. If you’re thinking of popping the question or you just want to invest in something sparkly, these friendly jewellers will do their best to either find or create your perfect piece.
The Home Company
Located in the historic High Corn Mill, The Home Company was first established in 1881 as Pottery & Pine. Over the years, they have evolved and expanded to keep up with trends in home furnishings. In 2015, they added a new showroom, increasing their floorspace to a whopping 4,000 square feet. At The Home Company, you’ll find a vast selection of beautiful chairs, tables, cabinets, desks, beds, wardrobes and much more.
Keelham Farm Shop
Keelham Farm Shop has been providing local residents with excellent quality, local produce since it opened its doors back in 2015. The Keelham team come from three generations of farmers and producers so they are passionate about supporting those in the same industry. You’ll find everything here from gloriously fresh fruit and vegetables and locally reared meats prepared by their inhouse butchers, to wonderful Yorkshire cheeses and homemade cakes.
If you like shoes, you’ll love Eshoes on Skipton High Street. The family run, independent shoe shop stocks a diverse collection of quirky shoes designed to reflect your unique personality. With funky and fabulous brands such as Irregular Choice, Ruby Shoo, Dr Martens, Poetic Licence, Rocket Dog and Skechers all adorning their colourful shelves, it’s absolute heaven for the man, woman or child who can never have too many shoes. They also sell loads of gorgeous handbags so you’re bound to find one to match your chosen pair of heels, boots or flats.
Out of the Ordinary
This is a real hidden treasure trove of unique products from Yorkshire makers and crafters. The Craven Court shop stocks all kinds of trinkets and treasures across two floors. It’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for a souvenir or an unusual gift. You’ll find everything here from handmade soaps and bath bombs to handcrafted jewellery and delicious local jams and chutneys. It’s definitely a shop you’ll want to visit again and again! They stock items from over 40 Yorkshire crafters so there’s always something new and interesting to discover.
Home & Kitchen
Home & Kitchen on Swadford Street is the best kitchenware and cake decorating equipment shop in the area! With a huge selection of food preparation and baking equipment on the ground floor and another floor dedicated to cake decorating, it’s a must-visit for both amateur and professional cooks. It’s absolutely bursting with tins, utensils, gadgets and books and has probably inspired many locals to get in their kitchen and create culinary masterpieces! They often hold cake decorating workshops so you can learn some new skills from their talented staff too.
Let’s Make Something Beautiful
Let’s Make Something Beautiful is one of Skipton’s favourite gift shops. Located in Craven Court, it’s owned and run by a very talented graphic designer who also offers bespoke, award-winning Wedding stationery. The shop itself covers two floors. The ground floor displays a magnificent collection of themed gifts, goodies and collectibles. The upper floor is dedicated to Harry Potter merchandise and they probably have the largest selection of Hogwarts-inspired products in the area. If you’re a Potter fan, then you won’t want to miss this little gem during your trip to Skipton.
The Present Planners
The Present Planners is an independent Toy Shop and is another one of the fantastic shops located in Craven Court. The company itself was established back in 2006, offering a range of both traditional and innovative toys, games and puzzles for all ages. They stock a huge amount of great toys all ages from babies right up to adults. They even have a Bear Planet on the ground floor so kids can design and make their own soft toys. It’s a real fun-for-all kind of shop but children in particular are usually reluctant to leave once they’ve ventured inside!
Family run independent Bridal store, Cinderella’s, has been providing Skipton brides with their dream dress for many years. They recently moved premises and are now located at High Corn Mill, from where owner Mandy, sells, alters and repairs an impressive selection of stunning gowns from various designers. Whether you’re looking to purchase your dream dress or you’re just in need of some inspiration, customer service here is second to none. Both Mandy and her team of staff do their utmost to make future brides feel special but most importantly, they ensure they are comfortable and confident when choosing and trying on gowns.
Chocolates & Truffles
Chocolate & Truffles at the top end of Skipton High Street, sell a mouthwatering range of handmade chocolates and truffles. All of their chocolates are made using the finest ingredients and the chocolate is picked to perfectly complement each of their delicious fillings. As well as their yummy chocolates and truffles which are available in both bag and boxes, they also stock some wonderful single origin chocolate bars for those with an expert palate! The staff here will happily put together a bespoke chocolate hamper if you want to take some of their treats home as a gift. We recommend getting one as a gift for yourself…