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5 to try – Suffolk shops

Suffolk offers fantastic shopping opportunities and here’s some of the best places to shop. One of the county’s most treasured places to shop has got to be Snape Maltings. The elegant buildings in which the retail outlets are housed date all the way back to the 19th century. Eclectic furniture and homeware can be found in House & Garden, unique clothing pieces in Samphire, and quirky kids’ bits in Little Rascals. Meanwhile, up the B1125 at Southwold, you will find a plethora of independent retailers along its pretty High Street and down its lanes – assuming you can tear yourself away from the glorious beach, that is! Denny of Southwold, established in 1861, sells contemporary and traditional jewellery. Another Southwold independent, Tilley and Grace, is a favourite with locals and visitors.


Elm Tree Gallery
Elm Tree Gallery

The Old Bakery, The St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 9QG

Elm Tree Gallery was established in 1978, and prides itself on giving a friendly and personal service to all customers. Many visitors make a point of regularly returning to the Gallery because of the unique and friendly ambience and excellent selection of gifts and greetings cards. Visitors can relax with a tea or coffee and a delicious piece of cake! There is limited seating inside but additional seating outside, weather permitting. Visit website


Sahara
Sahara

8 The Traverse, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1BJ

Sahara are unconstrained, its adventurous spirit leads beyond the high street to destinations lesser known. For clothes that mean more. That add to life stories. Sahara is unique and believes that demographics divide, age is just a state of mind and body type is what each one of us sees in the mirror. Sahara are leaders and visionaries in their own right. Creative, passionate – and only ever underestimated once. Visit website


The Woolpatch
The Woolpatch

Hall St, Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9JR

The Woolpatch is a delightful little shop stocking beautiful yarns, fabrics and haberdashery sourced from the UK and afar. The Woolpatch also runs classes and workshops during the day. Examples are: general knit and knatter classes, skills workshops learning how to crochet for example and craft workshops where you can just make wonderful things! Visit website


Zebra Chic
Zeebra Chic

14 Dial Ln, Ipswich IP1 1DL

Zebra Chic is a small and friendly independent shop based in the heart of Ipswich, offering a unique collection of Italian clothing, gifts, accessories and that little something different. The shop is open from Monday until Saturday, from 9am until 5pm. Visit website


Marisa Arna
Marisa Arna

High St, Thorpe-le-Soken CO16 0EA

Marisa Arna designs and makes her jewellery, including any stone-setting, at her studio in Thorpe-le-Soken, near Frinton-on- Sea, in Essex. Her work in silver, gold, platinum and gemstones including diamonds is both contemporary and timeless and comfortable enough to enjoy wearing every day. It ranges from ready-to-wear inexpensive gifts to bespoke engagement, wedding rings and any other piece of jewellery marking a special occasion. Commissions can include the remodelling of old gold jewellery into new, wearable pieces which can be enjoyed for many more years and will make future heirlooms. Visit website


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