Traders of the East
Walking in to Traders of the East, is an absolute blast of colour and scent, of Bohemia and contrast, all setting your senses alight with activity. Popular in town, it’s a great place for gifts for other people, or a treat for yourself, an Aladdin’s Cave of free spirit! Get in there, take a nosey about, enjoy the sights and smells, and treat yourself or someone you know to something awesome.
Bill & Bert’s
Bill & Bert’s is owned by Bill and Sarah, the shop is named after Bill and his much loved but sadly passed away dog, Bert. With unique-to-Colchester cards and gifts, you can also find that treat for yourself or your home in this double-frontage size shop. A great place to get a quirky gift for yourself, a relative or friend.
This Colchester shop is a real sparkler, a diamond of a place to get all sorts of lovely gifts, whether for yourself, or someone else. As soon as you walk in you are enveloped by the lovely displays and show cases, full of gorgeously shiny objects of desire! Top class watches, pretty jewellery in all sorts of beautiful colours and designs, new baby keepsakes, wedding gifts, clocks, cufflinks, and lots more! It’s all here in Simpkins!
Colchester-based watchmaker Säntis Watches, located in Red Lion Yard, is a delight of beautiful watches for both ladies and men alike! With over 30 years in the business, owner Simon also runs an in-house repair shop for all major watch brands, and offers battery replacement. Also stockists of a range of stunning jewellery and leather purses and watches.
Located within Säntis Watches on Red Lion Yard is a range of cute and cuddly toys from Maison White. With a variety of different characters and animals, you’ll be guaranteed to find the perfect cuddly companion for yourself or loved one.
Pirates & Princesses
What a lovely place for a whole range of unusual and quirky toys and gifts, all available at the wonderful Pirates & Princesses on North Hill. Run by the lovely Lynda, this is a fantastic, independent shop to get a nice gift or treat. With a lovely welcoming frontage, this is definitely worth a visit next time you are near.
Rocks & Rubies
Rocks and Rubies, located in Museum Street, is pretty in its appearance, and pretty amazing in how it fits so much choice within its walls! From sublime rocks and stones to amazing crystals and ruby-type ornaments, from colourful skulls to delightful scents, from metal wall posters to gorgeous lamps, and with so much more than just that, your choice for the perfect gift is definitely covered here!
Founded in 1981 as ‘American Comics Enterprise’ by owner and managing director Martin ‘Biff’ Averre, ACE Comics is one of the oldest and most reliable suppliers of comic books and cult merchandise in the UK today. So whether you’re a fan of Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Saga, Sonic The Hedgehog or something else, they have got some cool stuff you just might like…