Check out these five brilliant independent shops you might not have visited before.
Leeds has built up quite a reputation for its amazing shopping scene, and you may think you’ve seen just about everything. But, there are still some cracking stores that will have flown underneath your radar. These five underrated gems are helping to bring a little variety to the city’s high street.
It may be on one of the city’s most well-trodden streets, but chances are you’ve never been to ID Aromatics. This little indie shop specialises in essential oils, with everything you need all under one roof, including expert advice on everything from aromatherapy to soaps, creams and cosmetic bases. They make their own products, and you can even request specific creams, oils and lotions if you like.
ID Aromatics, 12 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
You may not have heard of it, but Aladdin’s Cave is one of the most interesting jewellery stores in Leeds. It has been a mainstay for over 25 years now, and the name is certainly apt. The shop is a treasure trove of one off finds, whether you’re looking for special period pieces, or something more specific like gold, diamonds and precious gems. Expect nothing you’ll see in your usual high street store.
Aladdin’s Cave, 19 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
There’s no other store like Lambert’s Yard in Leeds, but it’s not the easiest one to find. Tucked away above Lower Briggate, it’s a haven of fashion and design. They work with the finest emerging brands and designers, so you can see clothes from the likes of Kings of Indigo, Bethnals, Violet & Wren, with selections for both men and women. Pair that with their range of homeware, grooming and gifts and you have a shop you’ll want to spend an age in.
Lambert’s Yard, 162-163 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
A unique Leeds institution, skate store Welcome is everything you’d expect from an independent – knowledgeable, friendly and full of quality gear. Owned and run by skaters, you can shop safe in the knowledge that everything you see is tip-top. On the ground floor, you’ll find all the latest skate threads, with brands like Thrasher, Vans and Emerica. Upstairs, is where the skateboards live, and you can pick from the likes of Anti Hero, Call Me 917 and Palace.
Welcome, 22 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.
Outrage has been tucked away in Leeds Corn Exchange for 25 years, but it’s time to seek it out. They specialise in hand-crafted gemstone jewellery, with a collection of beautifully crafted pieces worth treasuring. From bracelets to earrings, necklaces and rings, they have plenty on offer. Each one is made with a unique gem stone, be it jade, amethyst or sapphire – giving you a piece of jewellery like no other.
Outrage Jewellers, The Concourse, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.