We are rightly proud of our superb independent shops in Melrose and this is the time of year when we start to think about changing seasons and treating ourselves to something nice.
A Sunday Herald article illustrates the point perfectly:
‘Melrose boasts the kind of high street every town should have. Independent butchers, delis and craft shops; a greengrocer’s and a bakery; a book shop and a classy booze store. Bars, hotels, cafes and bistros. The only chain here is a Boots, its generic sameness at odds with the rest of the town. The chalkboards and handwritten labels contain phrases such as “locally sourced” and “locally made”. The greengrocers has a bucket of carrots for you to feed the horses’.
Here is a baker’s dozen of our own personal favourites!
Martin Baird’s – Quality Butcher’s
Artizan – Jewellers and Goldsmiths
Henderson’s of Melrose – Garden and home store
Michael Vee – Interior Design
Sarah Thomson – Ladies fashions
Butterfly – Gifts
Crafters – Borders artists and designers
Masons – Book shop
Abbey Wines – with 150 malt whisky’s!
McPherson’s – Independent estate agents
Williamson’s Fruit and Vegetables