Shopping in Ryde
The largest town on the Isle of Wight, Ryde is best known for its sweeping golden sandy beach. But as well as offering traditional seaside fun, the town is fast becoming renowned for its specialist boutiques, which offer everything from local Island produce to designer fashion. Liz Kavanagh goes shopping...
Health & Beauty
Gibbs & Gurnell, 34 Union Street. Tel. 01983 562570
Gibbs & Gurnell is the oldest pharmacy in Ryde and first opened its doors in 1856. The pharmacy oozes history, with old medicine jars lining the walls and ancient prescription books including details of Queen Victoria’s medicaments. Alongside the pharmaceutical memorabilia the pharmacy stocks modern-day medicines and a range of designer perfume. http://www.gibbsandgurnell.co.uk...
Union, 22 Union Street. Tel. 01983 813980
Beauty guru Liz Earle opened Union in 2001 and here you’ll find her complete face and body range as well as testers of everything – so you can try them too. The company is based on the island and sells its award-winning products across the world. http://uk.lizearle.com/our-island-store...
Fashion & Jewellery
Bou Chic, 2a Melville Street. Tel. 01983 614587
Shop here for fashionable ladies’ clothing, beautiful leather handbags and accessories as well as hand-made jewellery and gifts for the home. http://www.bouchic.co.uk...
Mia, 63 Union Street. Tel. 01983 810581
Run by fashion consultant Maria Guy, this is the place to find the latest trends with great style advice on hand and exclusive brands including Part Two, InWear, Jackpot, Vero Moda and Saint Tropez. http://www.mia.uk.com...
House & Home
Crocus, 51 Union Street. Tel. 01983 611144
Crocus specialises in imaginative gifts for the home, with collections from Cath Kidston, Sia, Jellycat and Rowan as well as a comprehensive range of paint, buttons, fabric and quality yarns. http://www.crocusinteriors.com...
IW Natural Candle Company, 1A Union Street. Tel. 01983 616095
Made on the island from naturally-sourced wax and essential oils, IW candles come in a range of sweet-smelling fragrances including uplifting seaweed and juniper, relaxing lavender and bergamot and restoring rose and sandalwood. http://www.iwnaturalcandles.co.uk...
Beachcomber, 3 Union Street. Tel. 01983 568632
Bring the beach into your home with driftwood mirrors and sculptures, shell garlands and nautical-style cushions, kitchenware and more.
Lavender Blue, 11 Union Street. Tel. 01983 612010
A lovely little shop for classic children’s gifts including Flower Fairies, Paddington Bear and Peter Rabbit.
Antiques and collectables
Royal Victoria Arcade
The Royal Victoria Arcade, half-way down Union Street, dates back to 1834, when the underground market used to be a drinking club and the 14 shops were originally houses. Today it’s a great place for picking up unusual jewellery, music memorabilia and antiques.