From Japanese gift shops to zero waste refill stores, Leeds is home to loads of awesome indies – and this is how you can support them through lockdown.
Lockdown’s here, but all’s not lost because many indie stores have switched gears to collections and deliveries, while others are still open selling essential groceries. It’s never been more important to support these local businesses – they’re part of what makes Leeds great. To help you do so, we’ve rounded up loads of indies still operating, so go on and treat yourself to an almighty spree.
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Philip Howard Books. This Roundhay bookshop has plenty of books for you to sink your teeth into over lockdown. Romances? Check. Crime thrillers? Check. Sci-fi that takes you to another world? Check. They’ve got plenty of non-fiction too if that’s your bag. Order collections through Facebook.
Colours May Vary. You can get bold art prints, cool ceramics and graphic print books to click and collect from Colours May Vary. They also have an unrivalled collection of indie magazines, like Dazed and Fare, perfect for mixing up your lockdown reading. Order collections online.
The Grove Bookshop. If you’re looking for a new lockdown read, this indie bookshop has just the ticket. They’re offering a click and collect service on their huge selection of titles. From bestsellers like The Thursday Murder Club to Nigella’s latest cookbook, they have it all. Order collections online.
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Haley & Clifford. You can get your fill of deli goodies from Haley & Clifford. Artisan bread, homemade cakes, cheese, chutney, tea and coffee – they’ve got the lot, plus takeaway sandwiches and afternoon teas. Visit in person or order free local deliveries online.
George & Joseph. The award-winning Leeds cheesemonger is still open to keep you well stocked with cheese, wine and kitchen essentials throughout lockdown. They also run virtual cheese tastings. Visit in person or order collections and free local deliveries online.
Pooky’s Deli. The Horsforth deli is open throughout lockdown and they’ve got everything from fresh bread and pastries to charcuterie and beer. They’re also doing weekly cheeseboards, with five hand-picked delicacies for you to snaffle. Visit in person or order deliveries online.
Chevin Cycles. The store is open to keep the city cycling through lockdown. They’ve got a huge range of road, mountain, electric and women’s bikes as well as all the accessories you’ll need. You can even get your bike serviced in the workshop. Visit in person or order deliveries online.
Eat Your Greens. This restaurant-cum-grocers is staying open to supply you with organic produce. There’s fresh fruit and veg, baked goods and cupboard essentials. Or leave the cooking to them and try their ready meals. Visit in person or order collections and deliveries online.
Millies. You can pop into Millies to pick up fine Yorkshire produce for your weekly shop. They sell fresh fruit and veg, grains, bakery treats and health foods, with plenty of vegan options on the shelves. You can even get health supplements and beauty products while you’re there. Visit in person.
Headingley Greengrocer. You can still get your fill of fresh fruit and veg from Headingley Greengrocer. Their shelves are jam-packed with seasonal produce. They have all the staples, like potatoes and tomatoes, as well as Seville oranges, curly kale and local rhubarb. Visit in person.
Once Upon a Vine. This indie is open for all your cheese and charcuterie needs. You can expect artisan farmhouse cheeses like Baron Bignod Brie, plus crackers and chutneys. Of course, there’s plenty of wine too. Visit in person or order local deliveries by emailing email@example.com.
Zero Muda. You can do your weekly shop with less of the plastic thanks to Zero Muda. They have everything from pasta to flour, dried fruit and chocolate – and you don’t even need to go inside. Just drop off labelled containers and they’ll fill them. Visit in person or order collections online.
Yellow Sunrise. This shop specialises in globally-inspired, ethically-sourced home accessories. They have everything from salt rock lamps to incense cones, lanterns and kilim rugs, so you can brighten up your home with fair-trade treasures. Order deliveries online.
The Great Yorkshire Shop. The shop might be closed, but you can still get Yorkshire produce and gifts online. There are traditional treats like parkin and brack, plus art prints, mugs, soaps and candles, all inspired by the region. Order collections and nationwide deliveries online.
Our Handmade Collective. You can get an array of locally-made gifts from Our Handmade Collective. Everything they stock is handcrafted by Yorkshire makers, so it’s a treasure trove of unique ceramics, jewellery and beauty products. Order collections and deliveries online.
On the Wall. Getting bored of staring at the same four walls? Add a pop of colour with On the Wall’s prints and posters. From vintage Vogue covers to classic Star Wars posters, they’ve got something to suit everyone’s style. Order collections and deliveries online.
Chirpy. This Leeds favourite has an online shop so you can still get colourful and quirky gifts throughout lockdown. They’ve also moved their popular craft workshops online to keep you busy with paper cutting and needle felt at home. Order collections, deliveries and workshop tickets online.
OK Comics. Comic lovers, listen up. You can still get your hands on OK’s comics, magazines and graphic novels in lockdown. They’ve got everything from Marvel to Outcast, and you can even pre-order limited new releases. Order nationwide deliveries online.
Released Records. Vinyl lovers don’t have to go without through lockdown as Released have plenty of records to browse online. They specialise in electronic and soul wax, but have a truly eclectic collection that covers everything Afrobeat to classical. Order deliveries online.
Giant Kitten. You’ll find all things cute, kitsch and kawaii at Giant Kitten. There are plush toys, quirky clothes and unusual sweets, to name but a few of their treasures. They import new and vintage items from Japan, so their stock is unlike anything else in Leeds. Order deliveries online.
West Yorkshire Cameras. Want to get into film photography? West Yorkshire Cameras are analogue specialists who lovingly restore vintage cameras. They sell all the equipment you’ll need to get started, including lenses and filters. Order free collections and deliveries online.
The Plant Point. Spruce up your home with greenery from The Plant Point. Their online shop makes it easy to find a plant to suit you, whether you’re after a sun-lover or an air-purifier. They even do self-sustaining terrariums. Order free collections and local deliveries online.
All Blues Co. This menswear shop has everything you need to refresh your wardrobe. They stock premium brands from around the world, including Resolute Denim and Frizmworks, to kit you out with casual but classic gear. Order collections and national deliveries online.
Welcome. This Leeds store is a skater’s paradise. Bearings, bolts and boards – they’ve got the lot for you to browse online. You can also stock up on threads from the likes of Carhartt and Levi’s, and pick up the latest Thrasher mag. Order nationwide deliveries online.
Little Leeds Beerhouse. You can still get your hands on their quality craft beer. They have over 200 different cans and bottles to choose from online, with local favourites from the likes of North Brewing Co alongside intriguing imports like wild Aeblerov cider. Order deliveries online.
Village. This seriously cool, indie bookshop will keep you well stocked with reading material through the lockdown. They’ve got an array of art, fashion and design books alongside artistic self-published zines and special-edition fiction classics. Order deliveriesonline.
Accent. A family-run designer fashion store, Accent will kit you out with top-quality, on-trend clothes. Everything they stock is specially selected by the team, from the True Religion jeans to the Barbour knitwear and Love Moschino bags. Order national deliveries online.
Northern Acoustics. This indie guitar store will keep you strumming through lockdown. They stock acoustic guitars from the likes of Martin, Sigma and Faith and have a huge range for you to browse online. You can also find accessories like amps and capos. Order deliveries online.
The Vinyl Whistle. Pop, Motown, rock, indie, jazz and blues – whatever your music taste, The Vinyl Whistle has a record for you. Their collection is huge, with lots to browse online, and the ‘New In’ section is regularly updated with fresh finds. Order deliveries online.
Aladdin’s Cave. This jewellery shop has been a Leeds staple for over 40 years and they’re operating online through the lockdown. You’ll find an array of vintage treasures on their website, with sparkling necklaces, rings, earrings and watches to tempt you. Order deliveries online.
The Little Bookshop. Keep the youngsters entertained with kid-friendly reads from The Little Bookshop. They’ve got something for all ages, plus activity books that are perfect for when you need a break from home schooling. Order collections and deliveries online.
Raynville Superstore. You can stock up on craft beer from Raynville Superstore. They have over 900 different world and UK beers waiting for you, with Belgian Witbier and American wild ales sitting alongside British pale ales. Order free collections and local deliveries online.
Global Tribe. For crystals, incense and essential oils, look no further than Global Tribe. Many of their products are designed to promote inner calm and wellbeing, ideal for these hectic times. You can also pick up books that cover mindfulness, reiki and natural healing. Order deliveries online.
Crash Records. Vinyl, cassettes, merch and even tickets to late-2021 gigs, Crash Records has it all online. Their collection of wax is varied to say the least, with new favourites like Celeste alongside classics like Fleetwood Mac and Ramones. Order collections and deliveries online.
Latitude. Wine, glorious wine! The folk at Latitude will make sure you won’t go without in lockdown. Their website can be organised by country or style, so you can easily find your favourite, whether it’s an Australian shiraz or an Italian pinot. They also have craft beer and spirits. Order deliveries online.
Refilling Station. You can fill your pantry with plastic-free oats, rice and pulses from the Refilling Station. But that’s just the start, because they also have vegan-friendly groceries, including tempeh and oat milk, alongside sustainable beauty products. Order collections and deliveries online.
The Chilli Shop. You can spice up your lockdown with The Chilli Shop. They’re selling much of their usual stock through Facebook, including world-famous hot sauces, hot-as-heck chutneys and chilli chocolate. Think you can handle the heat? Order free local deliveries online.
ID Aromatics. You can still treat yourself to soothing aromatherapy thanks to ID Aromatics. They sell all the essential oils you can imagine, each with different properties and benefits. You can also find luxurious bath and spa products for a proper pamper. Order deliveries online.
Hidden Wardrobe. This women’s boutique sells clothes and accessories all sourced from independent makers in the UK, Italy, Spain and France. That means you can find really unique pieces, like fun pom pom scarves and delicate leaf jewellery. Order deliveries online.
Jumbo. This record shop is a Leeds institution, and while their doors might be shut, they’ve still got deliveries flying out. From new indie and electronica releases to funk and soul classics, there’s something for every muso. They also sell mags, books and their own merch. Order deliveries online.
Best. This cool clothes store specialises in re-worked second-hand and vintage threads. You can find old-school Nike hoodies and Harley Davidson tees, but they also have their own Best label with original pieces designed in Leeds. Order collections and nationwide deliveries online.
Armadillo Toys. You can treat the kids to new gadgets and games from Armadillo. They’ve got all the traditional toys like jigsaws, dolls and puppets, as well as more high-tech gizmos like robot construction kits and friction-powered trucks. Order free collections and local deliveries online.
Ecotopia. If you want to make more eco-friendly choices, check out Ecotopia. They sell all kinds of sustainable goodies, like bamboo toothbrushes and beeswax candles. You can even get cereals, pulses and nuts, all wrapped up in paper bags. Order collections and deliveries online.
Dale Photographic. A specialist camera store, you’ll find everything you need to get snapping at Dale Photographic. They sell both brand-new and refurbished cameras, so there’s something for every budget. You can also get high-tech lighting equipment, lenses and filters. Order deliveries online.
Seagulls. This Leeds paint shop is selling art kits so you can get creative in lockdown. From mosaics to lino-printing, each one comes with the equipment you need to master a new artistic skill. They’re also doing virtual workshops. Order deliveries by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauden Chocolate. Why not indulge in luxurious treats from this Kirkstall chocolate factory? Their bars and boxes are oh-so decadent it’s hard to resist. You can get classic bars of dark and milk or try a box full of unusual flavours like passion fruit, champagne and lemon. Order deliveries online.
Craft Centre and Design Gallery. This Leeds gallery boasts an array of original ceramics and sculptures by local artists, and it’s all for sale online. Alongside the wooden vases, colourful pots and felt animals, you can also find intricate hand-crafted jewellery. Order deliveries online.
Refill and Go. This eco shop is doing local deliveries to keep you stocked with ethical goodies. From muesli to lentils, cupboard staples will come packaged in recyclable paper bags. You can also buy reusable kitchen accessories like metal straws and cloth tea bags. Order deliveries online.Cover image credit: Richard Walker