When it comes to online shopping we are so conditioned to go straight to the big boys that we often forget about our local, independent shops. It's also true that we tend to think about our Perth Indies as people and businesses that we visit. We associte them with beautiful bricks and mortar shops, great service and a personal touch that is all too often removed from an online shopping expereince.
However, what if we told you that some of your favourite independent shops are now available to shop with online? Same great quality, same exceptional service and the same warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you've supported a small, family-owned business. And in true Perth Indie style, some of these amazing shopkeepers will personally drop your parcel straight to your door - you don't get that from Jeff Bezos!
Move over Amazon, bye-bye Ocado - the Perth Indies are here and they mean business!
We've pulled together some of Perth's best-loved Indies who are now selling online. Check them out below!
Owned and run by husband and wife team, Hugh and Julie Goring, Frames Gallery started as a picture framers in 1979 but always had a desire to exhibit Contemporary Scottish Artists work. In 1991 they moved to their current premises in Perth to allow the holding of larger exhibitions and this was quickly followed by the building of a large extension to allow expansion in the size and range of their exhibitions.
Now, with online shopping available, Hugh and Julie sell their beautifully curated works across the UK and beyond. They continue to run an annual programme of group and solo exhibitions which include painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, woodwork and metalwork.
Frames has a clear policy of showing the best in Scottish contemporary art and craft and they actively promote emerging artists alongside the more well established ones. They continue to search out fresh, new talent; not only at grassroots and local level but throughout Scotland – and this continues during lockdown.
“With life so uncertain isn’t it good to have things that don’t change and our annual Winter Exhibition is one them. Featuring some of our most popular artists alongside some new ones. With paintings, prints, ceramics and jewellery this is a wonderful cornucopia of work to see.
“Because art is usually seen in close up, weve have started a series of videos, talking about the work that we have on the walls for sale. People can follow these over on our Facebook page.”
Shipping fine art, sculptures, ceramics and jewellery is not a straightforward business but Hugh and Julie have tried to make it as simple as possible and the shipping categories are listed on their website. As a rule of thumb, smaller items will be sent using Royal Mail or Parcelforce and will be delivered by a tracked service, usually within 2-3 days whilst the specialised service for larger items takes a little longer, at a week to 10 days.
Quince & Cook is a independent homewares, kitchenware and cooker shop run by husband and wife team Neil & Sophie.
The wonderful Quince and Cook website is full of everything that you would find in their Princes Street store; from cushions to vases and casserole dishes to candles - you can shop the lot online with delivery nationwide as well as click and collect for local customers.
The team hand wrap each item in their signature tissue, and finish with a pretty sticker - so you can expect to receive a proper treat when you order from Q&C!
Sophie told us: "Our click & collect is a safe and easy way for locals to still shop small. Our contactless service means that you don’t have to enter our store, simply browse online order for free collection and your order will be ready for the next day."
The Wash House Store was born from a dream to reduce single use plastic and the use of harsh chemicals in the home. Having struggled to find sustainable, plastic free natural products our home town of Perth, Sophie set about sourcing products from like-minded companies to create the Wash House Store.
Based in Quince & Cook (see above), the entire team is fuelled by a passion for natural products that make for a happy planet and a happy you. They offer plastic-free refills and plastic free swaps for your household essentials such as sponges, straws, wax wraps and much more.
Their new service sees this great concept rolled out for lockdown, with a fab new system just like your local milk deliveries! Sophie and co will supply your refills in glass milk bottles that you take home, decant and return for sterilisation.
Sophie commented, “We’re so happy to finally be able to offer our collection of natural haircare, bodycare and cleaning refills for delivery or collection locally. We thought long and hard on how to safely provide our refills and this seemed like the best fit.
"This service is charged at no extra cost, so people just pay for the liquid in the bottles. But we would like to stress that bottles must be returned or made available for collection so we can continue to offer this service at no extra cost.”
Collection is free from Quince & Cook, plus local delivery within 10miles of the shop for £2.50 (free over £50).
Mhor Coffee is a range of exclusive artisan coffee blends inspired by the beautiful Highlands of Scotland and expertly roasted in Perth. Owned by sisters Tricia Fox and Kimberley Bauchop, and their husbands, their coffee house opened in Kinnoull Street in Perth in November 2020.
Tricia told us, "Initially Mhor was conceived as a digital platform to sell multiple artisan roasts, but the opportunity came along to open up the coffee house and it was too good to pass up. We're now temporarily closed to customers but the Mhor blends are available to order online, and are delivered by Royal Mail first class."
Mhor Coffee offers a range of fine tasting artisan coffee blends in whole bean, coarse and fine grind for coffee lovers, including our deliciously tasty No Mhor Caffeine for those who like the taste but with none of the caffeine. Coffee can be ordered online as required or via a subscription option which will ensure you have freshly ground coffee delivered to your home every month.
Coffee lovers can explore our core range of coffees: Etive Mhor, Aonach Mhor and Creag Mhor which are available all year round or, if they are feeling more adventurous they can have a taste of our seasonal and special roasts including Festive Mhor (we’ve still got a little left and it’s delicious!) and Give Mhor Back (a charity edition that supports local charities and community interest companies).
Delivery is via Royal Mail, first class. Orders are dispatched within 24 hours of receipt. For local residents, we offer a free Click & Collect from King James VI Business Centre service (collect between 10am & 2pm, Monday to Friday only, call when you arrive in the car park and a member of our team will bring your order out to you).
Provender Brown is an award-winning, independent delicatessen and cheesemonger located in the heart of Perth. Owned and run by Diane Brown and her trusty team of experienced foodies, you will find passion, enthusiasm and knowledge flowing like the fine wines they sell.
Their beautiful shop on George Street is a food-lover's dream, brimming with the very best in Scottish, British and International produce and now, you can buy all of it on their online deli shop. Their cheese counter alone is a thing of wonder and they are the go-to expert stockist of over 100 Scottish gins. You'll also find you’ll find everything from Italian olive oil to Scottish strawberry jam, decadent Champagne truffles to authentic pasta sauces.
Diane explained, "We now stock over 3000 products on the website, and some of the producers have been with us since the first day we opened the doors. I'm proud to say we have tasted them all – many, a number of times! - in our bid to ensure consistent Provender Brown quality."
Provender Brown is stocks a huge range of Perthshire based producers and offers access to many of our local artisans who don't currently sell online.
As an essential retailer, Diane and the team are currently open so you can collect from shop free of charge Monday to Saturday. They also offer local (Perth) Friday Delivery for £3.99 and standard courier delivery for £6.99.
Copperfields Hair and Beauty is one of Perth's longest-standing salons and is home to multiple award-winning stylists and therapists. Partnering with international brands such as L'Oreal, Shu Uemura and Dermalogica, their online store reflects their commitment to luxury, professional hair and skin care.
"As an award-winning hair and beauty salon we only use and recommend the very best home hair and skin care and our online shop ensures everyone is looking and feeling their best for work meetings on Teams and Friday nights on Zoom! All of our brands are backed by our own experienced and knowledgeable brand ambassadors so if you’d like a little extra advice just drop us an email."
The products in Copperfields online store are all priced at the recommended retail price with no premiums for shopping local. However, regulars will know that the team often run extra-special offers including gift with purchase, quantity discounts and brand promotions.
Delivery is via myHermes and price is £1.95 with FREE delivery on all orders over £30
The Castle Gift shop is a beautiful boutique style gift shop based in the historic surroundings of Perth’s 5-star visitor attraction, The Black Watch Castle and Museum.
You may already have visited this local gem but what you might not know is that they also have an online shop!
Why not take a browse and see their unique selection of gifts, homeware, jewellery, stationary, scarves and much more?
Every item you choose to purchase will help the Castle and Museum to achieve its charitable aims.
Eva Lucia is an independent fashion boutique established in 2009 by fashion lover and mother of two Lori McGaffney as a go-to, on trend footwear retailer. The store has evolved over the last eleven years into a fully fledged fashion and lifestyle boutique with a fantastic selection of clothing, footwear and lifestyle ranges.
Lori and the team aim to bring a real point of difference to their collections and you'll find beautiful every day pieces, as well as a selection of unique dresses for special nights out, weddings, proms and parties.
Lori explains, "At Eva Lucia we strive to inject new fashion into the store on a weekly basis, so our customers always have a reason to visit the store regularly for a browse. We put a massive emphasis on providing excellent customer service, making our customers feel welcome and at ease, as well as offering style advice while shopping - with the added option of a one to one style consultation."
Lori and the team have adapted quickly to lockdown, bringing their customers as close as they can to their in-store experience - but in a virtual sense! They are now offering one-to-one digital video appointments, allowing customers to discuss likes and dislikes to enable the team to style the perfect outfit, a seasonal capsule wardrobe or just pin down that must-have dress or jeans.
"We noticed a big shift in shopping habits last year - as you'd expect of course - and it was really importnant to us that we found a way to give people the Evalucia expereince. If you're more of a solitary shopper, the online store is the perfect way to shop from home with a coffee or large glass of wine in hand!"
Lori, Sonia and Mags are delivering locally (6 mile radius of Perth) for £2.50. UK and international delivery are both available.
Precious Sparkle is an award-winning, independent lifestyle shop with a wide range of gifts including everything from interiors items to ladies accessories. Established in 2005 by Dawn Cotton Fuge, it has grown substantially over the years and now prides itself on having something for almost everyone and every budget.
On Precious Sparkle’s website you will find the same items as their Bridge Lane shop including the vast range of scented candles & reed diffusers, ceramics, kitchenware, furniture and lamps as well as jewellery, fashion, scarves, handbags, bath & body. With personalised packaging you can be sure of an enjoyable unboxing experience!
Dawn is passionate about the environment and this ethos runs into the beautiful clothes she stocks which are now available online as a curated collection for the first time since she diversified into a fashion offer.
"I love finding new labels that not only look good an doffer women like me a great alternative to the throw-away fast fashion that has become so popular, but that also take their environmental responsibiity seriously and go about their business in a way that makes me proud to stock them." Find out more about Dawn's eco fashion offer on our Shopping With A Concscience blog.
Precious Sparkle ship across the UK and internationally and offer many different postage options. Dawn also likes to go that extra mile for her customers and is happy to deliver locally where requested. Click & Collect is also available subject to government restrictions.
Byers & Co is a independent, designer owned jewellery boutique in Perth's George Street and in the five years since she opened it, Linda Byers has established herself as one of Scotland's leading jewellery creatives.
Every piece that she sells, both off-the-shelf and her bespoke commissions, is designed, hand-made and finished by her. Add to this her principled approach to buying precious stones, gems and metal and you will bing to understand just what makes a Byers & Co item so unique. Read more about Linda's fair trade gems and gold on our Eco-Shopping blog > (Was this update okay?)
Linda's reputation has seen her commission service quickly grow, and during lockdown she has ensured this can continue with zoom calls and emails replacing face-to-face chats.
"I do love to chat to people so the Zoom calls are important. I think the only way you really get to know a person when you're designing for them is to have a good blether! I've had to get creative with some parts of the process ring sizers are being posted out free of charge for people who don't know their size, and initial drawings are being sent via email. You do find a way!"
Linda has also taken this time as an opportunity to create new collections for her online shop which is still relatively new but has proved to be extremely popular. You can also book an online consultation via the website either for a bespoke commission or to ask questions about the items online.
"Yes, the cogs are still turning and all of these beautiful new pieces are being displayed on the website which I usually never have time to do."
Byers & Co is delivering jewels around Perth twice a week, and is also posting via Royal Mail special delivery for anyone further afield.
B.A. Kerrigan has been providing Perth with tobacco products and confectionery for over 100 years.
Now run by Lyle Kilbane, this fabulous wee tardis of a shop has everything for both the occasional cigar smoker and the connoisseur. As a licensed premises, they also stock the finest Scotch whisky as well as a selection of beers, and finally, their bags and boxes of pick-n-mix are the stuff of childhood dreams!
Their website now offers everything you’d find in store and Lyle would love Perth locals to head over for a browse; so much so in fact, he is offering free local delivery in Perth, Scone and Bridge of Earn.
“I think one of the reasons people love us so much is the authenticity of our products. That wonderful feeling of re-living your youth through sweeties is hard to beat! We’ve flying saucers for eighties kids, cherry lips for the children of the seventies and the perennial favourite, soor plooms, for grannies and grand-dads!"
Sweets are available to buy online in either 200g bags, 500ml bell jars or in a massive 2.5l jar - a treat the whole family can enjoy.
Lyle has paid the same attention to detail to the tobacconist offering and stocks both loose tobaccos – from hand rolling to sweetly flavoured aromatic pipe tobacco - and a wide range of cigars including miniatures and panetellas, all the way up to premium brand Havana sticks.
BA Kerrigans newest offer comes from their bottle shop where you’ll find a wide range of single malt and blended whisky, a range Lyle hopes to grow to include rarer and more intriguing bottles. Beer is also on the drinks menu, and a selection of lagers and ales can be delivered to your door.
The Bean Shop is a coffee roastery established in 2003 by Lorna & John Bruce with the aim of supplying freshly roasted specialty coffee to Perthshire and beyond.
As an expert independent, you’ll find The Bean Shop stocks a large range of specialty origins and bespoke blends to choose from. They also run a loyalty scheme for regular shoppers through Perkville, where you earn points each time you shop, tweet or have a birthday!
If you find your new favourite coffee at Bean Shop – which we’re sure you will! – you can choose to place a recurring order. Or, check out their fab subscription service offering a different roast every month – ideal as a gift or as a way to ensure you never need to run out of great coffee.
Located on George Street in Perth city centre, the team at The Bean Shop continue to roast, pack, and serve their customers during lockdown and are open from 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday
You can shop socially-distanced straight from the doorstep or you can collect ‘pick up’ online orders from their website. Orders are usually packed in a few hours and they’ll email you to let you know when it’s ready. You can also choose to have your coffee and tea posted out to you.
“We roast daily at the shop, and we usually get the coffee out to our customers the same day it’s roasted. It is genuinely that super-fresh and this is what makes the difference when you buy our coffee.
“We can grind your beans for any type of coffee maker and we also have a large range of loose tea, chocolate and accessories.”
Order online, email or phone on 01738 449955 - Team Bean are always happy to hear from you.
The Bean Shop use postbox friendly packaging for 1st class orders of 1 or 2 bags, and send larger parcels next day delivery via DPD, which is a trackable service.
TB Mitchell is a second-generation, family-run jewellers, established in Perth 85 years ago. Grown and run by Graeme & Christine Mitchell for over half that time, the entire team are well-known experts amongst the people of Perth and Perthshire.
This long-standing service, makes TB Mitchells ideally suited for helping each customer select a perfect gift for themselves or their loved ones. IN recent years, they have expanded into online shopping and now offer a stunning range of jewellery, watches and independent designers from their website.
The website reflects their actual stockholding - if you see it on screen they have it in stock! They offer fully-insured, free delivery on all online purchases so you can buy with confidence or click and collect if your local.
Paul Williams, the manager, who has worked for TB Mitchell for nearly 30 years says, "A lot of our customers use our website as a virtual shop window, browsing at their leisure before visiting the shop. During lockdown of course, it has proved invaluable to people looking for a special gift or a treat for themselves!
“Our stock contains world-famous brands such as OMEGA, FOPE, TAG Heuer, Longines, Tissot, and Georg Jensen. We also deal with internationally-renowned, yet independent, family-run brands such as Raymond Weil, Clogau, and Shaun Leane.
“We like to think we offer the best of both worlds - the convenience of online shopping with the service of a local independent.”
Whilst they have access to the full ranges of all these wonderful brands, it is their local knowledge that allows them to select the items that will be best received in Perth and the surrounding towns.
Slinging beers since 2018, Craft Beer Bottle Shop is a small independent bottle shop situated in South Methven Street in Perth City Centre.
Owned and run by Daniel O’Connor, their speciality is sourcing weird and wonderful beers from the UK and abroad. They have four rotating taps where you’ll find an ever-changing selection of beers for you to try out.
During lockdown Daniel has been sharing his love for craft beer by sending his delicious beers to the homes of discerning drinkers in Perth, and further afield. His goal is to make sure Craft Beer Botlte Shop delivers the best quality beer to your door with the best quality service.
“Since we opened it’s been our aim to bring the newest, freshest and best craft beers from around the UK and abroad to our home in Perth. With online now such a big part of what we do, staying relevant and introducing new bottles and flavours is even more important than ever.
“We take care of sourcing, packing and booking couriers so our customers can get to what’s important as fast as possible – enjoying some tasty beverages!”
Craft Bottle Beer Shop offers free local delivery and their quick turnaround means you’ll never be caught short of beer! They also run a loyalty scheme where you are awarded 10% back from every order to redeem on your next purchase.
“It’s simple really. We love to drink good beers and we want everyone else to be drinking good beers too!”
Order by 2pm for same day delivery locally. UK wide delivery also available, delivery charges apply.
This fantastic independent comic book, graphic novel, and tabletop gaming business is based in Scott Street in Perth and offers everything from latest releases of your favourite superhero comics, to classic graphic novels, full ranges on Dungeons & Dragons materials, board games, and other pop culture entertainment.
Their website brings all four of the Big Dog services to your home during lockdown. A range of tabletop gaming, a brilliant online bookstore, tickets for upcoming events - more below - and articles and news about what’s going on in the comics industry just now
Stuart Kane, owner, commented, "We're currently running several online games and meet ups a month throughout lockdown and they're prving really popular! you can find out more on the website event section"
Big Dog Books offer local, national and international delivery.