Shopping in Babbacombe Bay.
From St Marychurch, Babbacombe, Wellswood and all around there are plenty of great shops in the area. Many independent businesses making shopping in Babbacombe Bay an absolute treat.
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Bay Cycles in St Marychurch precinct has everything bike-related you could possibly need, whether it be bicycles, accessories, clothing or servicing, bespoke bike builds, assistance and expertise. This amazing shop is run by serious cycling experts so you really can be sure that you’re getting the best possible advice, information and products. The professionally trained mechanics are on hand to carry out simple repairs right through to complete rebuilds. The shop stocks trusted bands, including Trek, Bontrager, Whyte and Pearl Izumi. As well as all of that, Bay Cycles also runs regular Saturday road rides, starting at 8am. With average speeds of 13-15mph, distances vary each week and end with complimentary refreshments back at the shop. To join in, or for more information, please email Jez at firstname.lastname@example.org. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm with late opening on Thursdays until 6.30pm. To keep up to date with all the goings-on from the team you can follow them on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For full details of the products and services they offer, simply simply click here to visit their website.
As well as being a well-known attraction in Babbacombe Bay, Bygones also has a fantastic shop, full of great vintage products. Ideal for something a little bit different. Open every day and FREE to look around, whether you’re visiting the attraction or not. So, why not pop in and see what this treasure trove of gift ideas has to offer? You can also buy on-line as well, with a large selection of their products available via the website. Click here to have an on-line browse.
Cloudberry Lily is a delightful interior décor shop in Reddenhill Road, Babbacombe. With all sorts of lovely items for the home including original works, vintage pieces and plenty of French-inspired, handpainted furniture. A bespoke painting service and a sourcing service is also on offer. Owned and run by Julie and Steve Hickey whose passion for interior design really shines throughout the business. Julie and Steve offer a full interior design service either chatting to clients in the shop or by home visits. For those who fancy trying their hand at furniture painting the Cloudberry Lily workshops could be just the thing. Held on site you get to learn all about various paint effects using the Annie Sloan technique. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Click here to visit the Cloudberry Lily website
Cockington Chocolate Company
Conveniently located in St Marychurch Precinct, award-winning chef Tony Fagan and his partner Simon Storey make up the fabulous, independent business, the Cockington Chocolate Company. Inspired by a holiday in the South of France in July 2011, Cockington Chocolate makes innovative, bespoke, handmade chocolates using only the finest Belgian chocolate. Products on offer range from exquisite truffles, solids and moulded items to magnificent ‘centre-piece’ sculptures. As if it wasn’t enough to be able to buy these amazing creations, they are all handmade from raw materials in the shop in full view of customers. So, not only is this the place to buy these delicious treats, you also get to see them being created. How fantastic, and unusual, is that? As if all of that wasn’t enough, the shop also has an incredible range of paintings, resin work, greetings cards and ‘Chuckles’ gift design range created by Tony, who is also an acclaimed artist and designer.
With plenty of parking nearby and then the safety of the pedestrian precinct, the shop is easily accessible and, of course, currently practising a range of extra precautions to keep everyone safe at this time.
Tony and Simon are always happy to chat to customers about ideas or projects that they may be thinking about. So, why not pop in to 26 Fore Street, St Marychurch Precinct, from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday? You can give them a call on 07935601212. Or, for a more virtual experience, check out their websites at www.cockingtonchocolate.co.uk and www.tonyfagan.co.uk
DragonflyHDesigns is owned and run by Louise Roberts from her Babbacombe Bay base. Not available in local shops, Louise designs and creates from her home in the bay and sells on-line via Etsy. As well as a huge range of novel, beautiful and intricate designs, Louise also loves producing bespoke items and will match jewellery to a certain outfit or theme to suit. Louise takes huge pride in her business with every piece being unique. A classic case of someone doing what they love for a living, the first ever piece of jewellery Louise made was a turquoise earring and necklace set. Enjoying the challenge and the creative process she was hooked and her business gradually developed. With a wide range of fabulous pieces available, one of Louise’s favourites are the hair clips, which prove particularly popular with children and the mermaid tail clips are one of her best-sellers. To get in touch with Louise, drop her a line at email@example.com or to browse the full range, including some great gift ideas, click here to visit the website.
Fiesta Red Florist
Fiesta Red is a family-run, independent florist in the heart of St Marychurch precinct. Whatever kind of floral gift, tribute or arrangement you’re after, Fiesta Red is sure to be able to help. All work is done on site by the team with the freshest flowers formed into unique designs. At Fiesta Red, the team pride themselves on customer satisfaction and really good value, whatever your budget may be. As well as the stunning floral creations on offer, a simple bunch of flowers and an array of potted plants are also available to buy, along with various other gift ideas, cards etc.
If you’re getting married then you definitely need to have a chat with the team and have a browse of their beautifully inspirational wedding albums. Sometimes, the need for flowers is due to a very sad situation. Fiesta Red offers custom and speciality funeral flower designs. An arrangement of flowers can be a welcome reminder of happier days, evoking fond memories that provide comfort. Whatever your requirement, the team are always happy to chat about ideas. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Alternatively you can give them a call on 01803 328007 or click here to visit their website.
Hillfolk is a local business owned and run by Beth Hill. Originally a graphic designer Beth has recently set up her own business creating and selling a series of illustrations with plants and flowers as the focus. Having studied Fine Art at university Beth did lots of work using oils and acrylics. However, now her computer is her canvas and she uses a digital stylus and design software to ‘paint’ pictures. This combination of focussing on the natural elements of a scene and the computer “painting” creates a new take on some very familiar views meaning that Beth’s work really is something a little different to what you may have seen before. It’s refreshing and natural as well as very beautiful.
This stunning series of illustrations are mainly of vistas in the English Riviera with two particularly lovely pictures of Babbacombe Bay. With others including Cockington, Goodrington, Brixham and a host of other locations they are available as various sized prints, with framed versions an option. Many of the designs are also available as A6 greetings cards – the perfect way to send a message to someone who loves the area. Beth’s range is growing all the time as she is often out and about taking photos and getting ideas for her next illustration. And, given that so much of her work is based on the flowers and foliage, the views change with the seasons so there’s always something new for her to focus on. As well as the local scenes that Beth produces she also offers custom portraits which are absolutely delightful.
To find out more and browse Beth’s on-line store click here to visit her website.
Knit and Stitch
Knit and Stitch, in St Marychurch Precinct, is a knitter’s paradise full of everything you could need to create all sorts of fabulous things. The shop is owned and run by Pam who has turned her hobby into a business. What could be nicer than that? Not only does the shop contain all kinds of haberdashery Pam is always on hand to give advice, chat about ideas and requirements and help you find exactly what you’re looking for. In fact, Pam now offers one to one crochet and knitting lessons as well as offering a commission knitting service. Brands stocked in the shop include King Cole, James Brett, Sirdar, Anchor, Mettler, Craft Cotton, Stylecraft and Rico. As well as offering a huge range of supplies, Pam sells her own creations in the shop. Pam also offers classes to anyone looking to take up knitting. When you visit Knit and Stitch you’ll soon get a sense of quite how passionate and enthusiastic Pam is about knitting and crafting generally and you’ll leave inspired. Current opening hours (at July 2020) are Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm but if you want to call with any queries, the phone number is 01803 411415. For more information on the shop and classes etc, click here to visit the Knit and Stitch website
La Vie En Rose
La Vie En Rose is a stunning gift shop brimming with bohemian goodies and all sorts of gorgeous gift ideas. Based along the main Babbacombe Road, this lovely store at no. 56 is an absolute treasure trove and well worth a visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (late opening until 7pm on a Wednesday) you can follow them on Facebook for all the latest news.
MooBoo Home is a homeware business which features stunning hand-made furniture and lighting. Owned and run by husband and wife team Andy and Nic, the business began out of a desire to have some interesting shelves at home. Unable to find what they were after they thought they’d make their own. Interest from family and friends followed and, after moving to Babbacombe Bay in 2017, MooBoo became full-time for the duo. Currently the only company in the UK making cable reel chandeliers they have designed and made these for two wedding venues in the Cotswolds. Designs can be adapted to clients’ wishes and this on-line business has shipped products all over the world. Click here to visit their Etsy Shop or here to visit their Amazon shop. As well as larger items MooBoo also make trays, tea light holders, test tube spice racks, test tube flower racks and coasters. With a lamp of theirs recently featured in “Good Homes Magazine Best of British” edition it is, unsurprisingly, now sold out. As well as their on-line shop, the good news is that the couple are about to move into a unit at the lovely Cockington Craft Centre so you’ll now be able to browse in person. To find out more about this amazing duo, then check out their website by clicking here.
Ness’s Heavenly Cakes
This lovely, local, cake-making business is run by Vanessa Bullock who creates beautiful bespoke and freshly homemade celebration cakes to order. With over twenty years of experience of cake decorating and sugarcraft, Ness offers all types of celebration cakes, large and small, in various flavours, covered in butter cream, cream cheese or fondant. Prices include cake, decoration, boards and box. She even offers edible photo cake designs! Ness is happy to chat about what kind of thing you’re after and make suggestions so that the ideal cake can be created for that special someone….. or two! She also offers cupcakes and traybakes for any type of family meal, office/staff meetings etc. Ness is also on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Nesss-Heavenly-Cakes-2217323028547493/ and Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/johnandness2018/ so you can follow her for a scrumptious addition to your timeline. So, if you’re looking for a celebration cake or some lovely little cakes, treats for a party or special occasion or just some inspiration and ideas, why not get in touch?
You can drop Ness a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call on 07733 108038. Alternatively, check out her website at https://www.nesssheavenlycakes.com/
Portfolio Gallery is a picture gallery, framing workshop and coffee shop situated in St Marychurch. Open since 2000 this lovely gallery on Fore Street (with parking right outside) specialises in modern framed prints and canvases, greeting cards and contemporary gifts. Portfolio has built up a strong local following all year round as well as being extremely popular with the many visitors the area attracts. Portfolio has an on site framing workshop. The backbone of the business it has an excellent reputation for quality service and workmanship. This is backed up by the repeat business from both private and business customers. Through the gallery is the coffee shop where locals and visitors meet up regularly. Here they put the world to rights or quietly read the paper, over an Italian style espresso coffee with a selection of cakes and bakes. Open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm (coffee shop closes at 1.30pm) and Saturdays from 9.30am to 2pm (coffee shop closes at 1pm). Click here to visit the Portfolio website
Tessera Hub is both a workshop and shop and the perfect location to unleash your artistic and creative side. Owned and run by Anita Batson, the hub is nlocated in the Reddenhill Road parade of shops. Tessera Hub welcomes individuals, groups, parties etc for a lovely opportunity to create coasters, frames, boxes, pictures and all sorts of other delights. Prices to create your own project start from just £7 and you can take as much or as little time as you need. With tuition and guidance all the way along, a morning or afternoon spent at the hub is a total treat. A popular idea for birthday parties, Anita can also come to you for a party at home if that suits you better. As well as the in-house crafting there is also a shop to buy DIY packs or some finished artwork if you’d rather buy something made by someone else!
Opening times vary so check out the website at http://www.tesserahub.co.uk/ to be on the safe side. With afternoon and evening appointments available most days, for more information give Anita a call on 07802 293 016.