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Discover our hidden gems during Independent Retailer month

1st - 31st July

To mark Independent Retailer Month, we'll be throwing a spotlight on local gems found here at Kingfisher. Stay tuned as we bring you interviews and insights from the retailers themselves throughout the month. 

The newest store in the area, Art is Ar’t, saw its much-anticipated opening in May of this year. Offering a range of original artwork from both local and international artists, Art is Ar’t aims to provide Redditch with a regional outlet for some of the latest up-and-coming art.

Dermot O’Connor, the store’s founder, saw an opportunity when he was made redundant during lockdown of last year to break new ground by establishing Kingfisher’s first fine art gallery: “I have always had a passion for art my whole life, and wanted to provide the area with a source of affordable artwork which can appeal to a range of tastes and budgets.

“At Art is Ar’t, we have an eclectic mix of work, in 2D and 3D, which includes a broad variety of artistic styles. Through our links with DeMontfort Fine Art school, we are able to showcase the work of international artists, such as Fabian Perez and Doug Hyde, as well as an array of talented, emerging artists from the local area. From unique fine art pieces to limited edition prints, we really can cover all preferences and pockets.”

 

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself? Then Lee, Kingfisher’s resident flower man, will have you covered.

A Redditch local for over 25 years, Lee moved his stall into Kingfisher between lockdowns in July 2020, with the aim of putting smiles on his customer’s faces courtesy of his gorgeous selection of fresh flowers. 

“I have always enjoyed interacting with people,” Lee says, “and getting to know them through both the good times and the bad. Whether it be for a wedding or a funeral, I aim to work alongside my customers to provide beautiful, custom-made floral arrangements which are perfect for any occasion.

“The beauty of The Flower Man is that every day is different. Each day I get to see more faces and get to know more people. I love to look after people and aim to provide my customers with lovely, fresh flowers for a good price. As the only florist in town, I can definitely say that I provide a service that no one else in the area does.”

If you are in need of a good pampering session, then Glamour Forever has you sorted.

With expert beauty therapists who are ready and waiting to offer you a range of gorgeous hair and beauty treatments including lash tints, nail extensions and threading, Glamour Forever is here to make its customers feel like their most beautiful selves.

Situated right in the heart of Kingfisher shopping centre, Glamour Forever is a conveniently located and accessible store for anyone wishing to give themselves a bit of TLC.

Amar, the store manager, says: “I started Glamour Forever because I love bringing a smile to people’s faces and helping my customers feel beautiful. Here at Glamour Forever, we aim to provide our customers with a high-end service, using high-end, luxury beauty products and a diverse range of beauty treatments. Our customers never leave dissatisfied.”

 

With over 185 years of experience providing quality menswear, Heaphys is an established and reliable feature of the local retail area.

Offering bespoke, made-to-measure, and individually tailored formal wear, Heaphys ensures that you, the customer, are the designer of your own garment. With the assistance of Heaphys’ expert tailors, as well as Heaphys’ assortment of quality cloths, styles and trimmings, you can be guaranteed menswear which is both refreshingly modern and reassuringly traditional. Heaphys acts as a reminder of a bygone era of quality over quantity, with menswear that is stylish, tailored, and timeless. 

As Dean, the store owner, says: “Heaphys thrives on interaction and a sense of community. I started working at Heaphys 17 years ago because I enjoy engaging with our customers and directly working with them to solve their suit dilemmas. Whether it be for weddings, funerals or work, we aim to deliver our customers results that fulfil their every need. Our tailored service is second to none, so we have a lot of customers travelling to us from afar for our menswear.”

 

After a long day of shopping and running errands at Kingfisher, why not stop off for a bit of a refuel with some coffee and cake at Bono Café & Patisserie?

A charming, family-run business, Bono café aims to offer its customers a chat and a bite with a difference. 

As Omar, the store manager, notes, at Bono you are guaranteed the 4 g’s: “great coffee, great cake, great customers, and a good set-up.” From a tempting selection of hot and cold drinks, to a mouth-watering array of freshly made cakes and pastries, Bono aims to offer its customers a cosy, relaxing environment in which to destress, recharge, and relax. 

“Bono café,” Omar states, “is unique to the area. Everything we sell is freshly made in our kitchens. Our staff are friendly and attentive, and our café provides a pleasant and welcoming space for all of our visitors. For those wishing to catch up with old friends or celebrate special occasions, we even offer a lovely afternoon tea service, which includes our own exclusive array of fresh, loose leaf tea.”

Step inside Magical Story and browse a wonderful selection of contemporary, stylish and quirky gifts – ranging from wedding and baby gifts, to a gorgeous scented candle collection, and a choice of garden items.

At Magical Story, beautiful decorations are not just contained to the festive period. Believing that every special occasion deserves celebration, it aims to provide you with the beautiful details you need to make your home a joyous place.

For Lisa, the store manager, it is the shop’s eclecticism which helps it stand out: “At Magical Story, we have unique and quirky stock that you cannot really find elsewhere. Our team are friendly and helpful, and we are lucky to have a group of really loyal and friendly customers that visit us regularly. I love working at Magical Story because I am essentially free to do what I want with the store and am able to showcase my artistry through the store’s displays.”   

At Lovely Things, you are always guaranteed to find something special. Displaying a collection of beautiful, hand-crafted gifts, up-cycled furniture and art, Lovely Things is a hub of creativity and passion.

Katie, one of the store’s crafters, said: “One of the things that I love most about working at Lovely Things is the opportunity it provides to meet such a large and eclectic group of people. Our customers and crafters come from all walks of life and so many people travel to visit Kingfisher, so it feels like there is a lovely community here.

“At Lovely Things, we can offer our customers something that most other stores can’t – a sense of personalisation and personality. We have a made to order service, so we can essentially give our customers exactly what they want and tailor our items according to their tastes and needs. There is always something different at our store and each of our handmade goods feel not only lovingly made, but like they have their own unique character.”

Another staple of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre – Perfect Nails and Brows – recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the centre.

Offering an attractive array of acrylic and gel nail treatments, professional brow treatments and full manicures and pedicures, Perfect Nails and Beauty remains the area’s go-to store for all of your pampering needs.

Asked what she loves about the business and its base in Redditch, Veerpal, the store’s owner and founder, said: “Everything. I always loved this shopping centre even before I set up Perfect Nails and Brows here, so by having Kingfisher as the place where I established my first shop makes it all the more special.

“At Perfect Nails and Brows, we try and give our customers the best customer service possible. We operate at the highest professional standards and always aim to have our customers walking out feeling fabulous. Especially when it comes to our nail art, imagination really is the only limitation.”

Ahead of Wellbeing is here to support the mental health of the whole community.

A not-for-profit community mental health treatment centre, we’ve been at Kingfisher since December 2019.

Brenda, director and therapist at Ahead of Wellbeing, said: “We offer many treatments and therapies, from counselling, massage and reflexology to reiki and crystal healing, as well as hypnotherapy. As qualified therapists, we were active volunteers for a national mental health charity when we realised we could offer our services to the people of Redditch.

“There’s no other business like ours in the whole of Kingfisher Shopping Centre! We love what we do and are astounded at how much of an impact we’ve had within the community.”

For the highest level of care for your eyesight, Bainbridge offers expert examinations using advanced clinical tools – and friendly service.

Steven Bainbridge, store owner, said: “We’ve been at Kingfisher Shopping Centre since 1989, but we had started as a company four years earlier. It was my father’s business, but my wife and I bought the company a few years ago. My favourite thing about running Bainbridge is getting to meet people and spend time helping them.

“I’ve spent my life in the Midlands and grew up shopping and socialising in and around the Kingfisher. I think that what makes us unique is that we don’t just pay lip service to old school values of service and relationships. Caring about individuals is what makes us so good at what we do.”

Step inside and find your favourite footwear brands. Smart or sporty, kids or grown-ups, you’ll find the perfect pair.

Humphries Shoes is the longest-standing store at Kingfisher Shopping Centre. It was founded on Evesham Street in Redditch in 1862 by Walter Humphries and is today run by the fourth and fifth generations of the family.

Julie Humphries, store owner, said: “My favourite thing about running Humphries Shoes is our lovely loyal customers, some who remember our old shop on Evesham Street! Lots of children whose first shoes we fitted now come in with their own children!

“What makes our store unique (aside from our longstanding relationship with the town and its residents) is the personal touch we bring.”

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