50 best fashion boutique shops to shop local from, across the UK in 2022

We’re a nation that loves to shop clothes, shoes and accessories, and luckily for us there are amazing boutiques the length and breadth of the country ready to cater to our every style whim.

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the idea to shop local really took off and since then, we’ve really stood by independent shops and boutiques – aiming to support smaller businesses when and where we can.

Fashion boutiques are a great spot to pick up clothes and accessories that you can’t find on every online retailer’s website – or that you won’t see worn by ten other women who went to Zara. They’re a great spot to pick up a treat for yourself or friends and family too.

If you’re on the hunt for a new look for the new year- and opting for something a little more unique – we have compiled

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Old-fashioned candy shops satisfy sweet tooth | Food For Thought

I have to admit, I love candy. All kinds — sweet, salty, chocolate, chewy, gummy, nutty. The list could go on and on.

If you are like me, you are always on the lookout for candy and might be willing to drive a bit to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Here are three old-timey candy shops in Northeast Pennsylvania to help keep your candy stores stocked this winter.

Ballyhoo

Where: 128 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Stepping into Ballyhoo in West Pittston is like stepping back in time.

The shop features ice cream sundaes and old-fashioned soda drinks in addition to the candy of your youth (and the youth of your parents and possibly your grandparents, too).

The candy is like you remember — a nickel, a dime and maybe a quarter for the satellite wafers, gummy bears and wax soda bottles.

If

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7 L.A., O.C. shops to find vintage bridalwear and accessories

A collage of women wearing vintage wedding dresses.

(Photo illustration by Ross May / Los Angeles Times; photos from Maison Sully, Stone Bridal, the Kit Vintage and Getty Images)

Despite the coronavirus, wedding season is back — with a slight twist. Brides appear to be leaning into vintage dresses for their big day. The desire for vintage gowns may be influenced by multiple factors: sparse stock in stores because of pandemic production lags and shipping delays; an increasing shift toward sustainable fashion; and tastes awakened by the Regency style of “Bridgerton” and the ’70s-style wedding gown donned by Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in the “House of Gucci” film.

What’s certain, though, is that the pre-loved gown business is booming in Los Angeles, where the vintage fashion market runs deep. Local shops are bustling to serve options for the bride’s big day, rehearsal dinner and after-party, as well as for guests and mothers of the couple.

According to

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I was embarrassed to shop in charity shops but it saved me thousands on designer gear

WITH second-hand and sustainable fashion becoming bang on trend, charity shops are quickly becoming clothes lovers favourite place to bag a bargain.

But for one girl, stocking up on her wardrobe staples at charity shops was something she was initially “embarrassed” about.

Hope Bailey admits she used to be "embarrassed" about shopping in charity shops, but it's saved her thousands of pounds (pictured wearing blazer £4 and boots £7).

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Hope Bailey admits she used to be “embarrassed” about shopping in charity shops, but it’s saved her thousands of pounds (pictured wearing blazer £4 and boots £7).Credit: Kennedy News
She's managed to snap up high-end designer goods, including vintage pre-owned Coach bags and Burberry bags

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She’s managed to snap up high-end designer goods, including vintage pre-owned Coach bags and Burberry bagsCredit: Kennedy News

Hope Bailey, 18, from Manchester, admits she used to hide away while sifting through the rails in her local charity shops, as she never wanted anybody to see her picking out second-hand items.

Now, after saving thousands on her designer wardrobe, Hope is championing second-hand stores and is encouraging others to ditch fast fashion retailers for their

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