Small Business Saturday takes place on the first Saturday of December each year, a grassroots campaign to support and celebrate all things independent. For one day, why not boycott the big brands and bring genuine joy to someone by supporting their enterprises and pick up some great gifts or a treat for yourself in the process. From specialist shops offering original and unusual finds, to quirky bars and charming cafes, exploring some of Nottingham's plethora of great independent businesses will give you a real taste of Nottingham's spirit.

Often these local gems lie a little off the beaten track and are the reserve of those in the know, but we’ve taken all the work out of exploring the best of Nottingham’s independent spirit with our handy Nottingham Independent Shopping Trail.  Wander through retro arcades, peaceful courtyards, and offbeat districts to find an array of niche, independent businesses offering unique handpicked goods that you won't find on the high street. Either pick up a paper copy from Nottingham Tourism Centre or check out the Guidigo App which lets you discover as you go straight from your mobile! We’ve picked just a small selection of Nottingham’s amazing array of local superstars to give you a taste of what’s on offer.

Cobden Chambers

The charming Cobden Chambers is a hidden gem of independent retailers located just off Pelham Street in the bustling district of Hockley. Here you’ll find Ideas On Paper, home to a huge range of thought-provoking magazines, journals, and books. Independent titles on a huge range of topics, from fashion, art, culture, and design to economics, food, wine, and travel are complemented by a range of stationery. The adjacent Keishi is a treasure trove of exquisite jewellery that’s unique, modern and classic all at the same time. The super-friendly and genuinely caring staff are always on hand to help you find that special piece or guide you in creating your own bespoke item and make the whole experience of shopping with them extra special.

Debbie Byran Gift Shop

Nearby, in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, lies the award-winning creative gift shop and tea room, Debbie Bryan. Brimming with one-of-a-kind trinkets, gorgeous homewares and beautiful items which showcase the best in traditional craftsmanship, it’s a lovely place to browse and enjoy a tea or something sweet. This Saturday between 10-12, get a free taster of their varied creative programme of workshops, and make your own wire-work creation.  

Delilah Fine Foods

Those seeking specialist foodie treats and local produce should be sure to take a trip to Delilah, packed floor to ceiling with exceptional foods and drinks: from self-serve olive-oils and cheeses from around the world; to honey, chutneys, meats and even wine made right here in the East Midlands. All their products are sourced from small artisan producers, locally and further afield, reflecting the commitment to provide authentic, flavoursome produce to excite and inspire the palette.

The Worm That Turned

Located just a short walk from the city centre on Derby Road, The Worm That Turned is on a mission to help you make any outdoor space absolutely gorgeous, offering an excellent selection of furniture, lighting, and other outdoor décor, alongside fine gardening gifts. They’ll even wrap them up ready for gifting if you ask nicely.

Le Chien et Moi

If you prefer to get your shopping sorted online, you can still support fantastic small businesses and find fabulous wares. Nottingham based, family-run & independent to the core, Le Chien Et Moi offers a covetable collection of unusual and beautiful things, with a strong common thread of traditional craftsmanship, exceptional quality and interesting history. From exquisite apothecary collections, hand-distilled scents, and homeware sourced from around the world to their unique curation of vintage, antique and recycled furniture, objects, and curiosities, there’s sure to be something unique to suit all tastes.

For more on independent shopping in Nottingham,  please click here.   

This blog was written by Claire Jones, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire.  


Debbie Bryan
Speciality Shop
Debbie Bryan in Lace Market

Number one for shopping in Nottingham, Debbie Bryan, are an award winning, independent creative retailer. With an in-house design studio, creative space and award winning Tea Room - they are a haven of gift giving, eating, drinking and things to do.

The Worm that Turned
Speciality Shop
The Worm that Turned

With a mission to help you make your outdoor space gorgeous and an edited selection of some fine garden gifts, The Worm that Turned is more Kings Road that Derby Road.



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