Our latest series of Locals’ Guides is going to look at different streets around Harrogate, focusing on the great indies each street has to offer.
A couple of weeks ago we took a look at Kings Road, but as this street is so full of great independent businesses, we had to split the blog in two.
Our Locals’ Guide to Kings Road (Part 1) looks at the clothes, gifts, food and drink on offer. This time we looked at Hair and Beauty, along with a few other different shops running independently.
As ever, let us know if we have missed any of your favourite indies!
To keep up with what’s happening on Kings Road, check out what they’re up to on Twitter @kingsroadHG1.
Hair and Beauty
One of the oldest independents on Kings Road is hair and beauty salon Mandies, which was founded 28 years ago by Mandie Rushton.
Mandie’s career in the hair and beauty sector spans almost four decades. She trained as a hairdresser after leaving school, and worked both in salons and cruise ships, and later as a mobile hairdresser, before launching a salon on Kings Road. The business has moved to larger premises on the same street three times, and now employs six people.
Kingsgrove hair and beauty offers a great range of hair and beauty services alongside personal advice for customers on styles and trends, and packages for weddings and other occasions.
Their Kings Road premises recently underwent a refurbishment to mark their 20th anniversary.
A focus on personal service which caters to each customer’s needs and budget means that a high percentage of October’s business comes from repeat clients and referrals.
Owner Sarah Hargreaves has been in the industry for 17 years and launched the business 10 years ago after managing three salons for a large chain.
This relxed and friendly hair and beauty salon caters for women, men and children, and offers a range of services and treatments.
Vitality is a collection of professionals and highly trained therapists offering a range of services aimed at maintaining and restoring mind, body and spirit.
Services and treatments include chiropody, beauty, sports therapy, aromatherapy, holistic therapies and physiotherapy.
The latest indie to open on Kings Road is Rugs of Harrogate, which launched just two Saturdays before Christmas. But already owners Paul Daniels and Lynda Mair are finding word is spreading about the bespoke service and expert knowledge they offer, not to mention the beautiful and unique rugs.
The expertise comes from Paul, who spent 20 years as the manager of Liberty’s Oriental Rug Department in London, which is just about the best place to buy a rug anywhere in the world.
Lynda, meanwhile, owned Coopers on Kings Road making and altering curtains. So, as well as rugs, the business sells curtains, and also offers an interior design service that ties the two strands together.
All the rugs are one-off handmade pieces sourced from across the globe, some of which are new but many are antiques. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for from the 400 rugs on display, then Paul has a wealth of contacts to help him source your perfect rug. Prices range from £36 to £18,000 (that’s for a pure silk piece), so there’s something to suit all budgets. A valuation and repair service is also available.
Colourful and stunning blooms abound at this long-standing and popular flower shop. There’s an expert team of florists who can make up beautiful bespoke bouquets in the shop for customers to take home or which can be delivered anywhere within the UK.
All occasions including birthdays and anniversaries are catered for, and the shop also sells plants and other floral-themed gifts, as well as greetings cards.
Tailored designer curtains, beautiful fabrics and bespoke cushions can all be found at Graham Sanderson Interiors, alongside blinds, wallpaper and homeware.
The business began as a curtain and fabric shop launched by Terry and Evelyn Sanderson nearly 50 years ago. It remains in the family to this day and is now run by Graham Sanderson, who has expanded the business’s offering and now sells to customers in more than 30 countries. The Kings Road premises is the business’s only retail store.
If you’re looking for a special occasion cake, or have been inspired by the Great British Bake Off to make your own, then this shop is a must-visit.
Formerly called Special Occasions, this cake and accessories business has been around for nearly two decades. It began life in premises on Station Parade before moving to Kings Road seven years ago.
The business sells wedding cakes, birthday cakes and cupcakes – all baked on site – but it also has a large selection of cake decorating accessories, including their best-selling fondants and pastes. It’s also the only place in Harrogate to offer for hire a wide variety of baking and cake decorating equipment such as tins and stands. It even has a sweetie cart that can be hired out and a printer that can transfer images onto icing!
Owner Debbie Smith also runs a cake decorating and basic sugar craft class, which resumes for the new year at the end of January. She says the popularity of the Great British Bake Off in the last five years has led to the growth of the equipment and accessories side of the business, with people wanting to hire or buy equipment as they give baking a go.
A self-taught cake making and decorating expert, Debbie ran Deborah’s All Occasion Cakes for 12 years before taking over Special Occasions in October and merging the two businesses into Twisted Cakes.
There’s more to this shop than just an upholstery service for chairs. Owner Inga Brereton offers an eclectic mix of toys, cleaning and organising products, gardening items and plants, party products and bric a brac. There’s also lots of junk furniture that customers can buy to take home and paint themselces, or to have repainted and upholstered in the shop.