Uncovering Local Treasures

July - August 2023

Celebrating Independent Retailer Month at Kingfisher

During Independent Retailer Month (July) we're thrilled to highlight some of the hidden gems right here in Kingfisher. Take this opportunity to read the below blog and learn more about our fantastic retailers. Will you visit somewhere new on your next trip to Kingfisher?


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Habbi Kids

For all of you crafters, artists, and creators, look no further than Habby Kids.

Selling everything from wool, haberdashery and craft supplies to artificial flowers, cake decorations, and even baby clothes, Habby Kids is a charming, family-run business which is here to support all of your creative endeavours.

Debbie, the store manager, said: “My ambition was always to run a shop where I could express my passion for sewing and knitting. The best thing about it is that it gives me an opportunity to engage with a like-minded group of people. I love talking to my customers and sharing my own knowledge and experience to help them in their creative projects.

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Bainbridge Bespoke Opticians

When it comes to taking care of your vision, look no further than Bainbridge Bespoke Opticians. The team offers expert examinations using advanced clinical tools and a 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.”

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Ahead of Wellbeing

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

The not-for-profit community mental health treatment centre has been at Kingfisher since December 2019, with the aim of self-betterment and keeping people in work and function in life positively.

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.”

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Riley Boutique

At Riley Boutique, customers can take advantage of a personal stylist and enjoy a premium service as they look and feel fabulous.

The boutique opened its doors in 2015, focusing on traditional values of premium customer service and offering authentic, premium styles.

With the guidance of personal stylist, you can browse through its impressive collection of clothing, handbags, and accessories – all modelled on the latest and best Italian style.

For Neil, the store’s owner and founder, it is the opportunity to make its customers feel like the best version of themselves that is central to the ethos of Riley’s Boutique: “At Riley Boutique, we are passionate about finding and sourcing stylish, unique pieces that you would never see anyone else wearing. Our top priority is to find our clients clothing items and accessories that not only make them feel comfortable but help them look and feel amazing.

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No matter the occasion, you'll be sure to discover the ideal outfit at Ministry.

This clothing store carries a wide range of brands, from Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger to Superdry and Calvin Klein. It strives to provide luxury at an affordable price, featuring the newest and most fashionable designer items.

When asked what makes Ministry so unique, Lisa, the store manager, says: “We’re the only branded store in Redditch. It has been a real joy seeing Ministry grow from strength to strength over the years, and seeing us move from stocking mainstream clothing brands to world-renowned designer labels like Hugo Boss.

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Heaphys has been a trusted and dependable presence in the local retail area, providing quality menswear for over 185 years.

At Heaphys, you are in control of your own garment design with bespoke, made-to-measure, and individually tailored formal wear. Expert tailors and a range of high-quality cloths, styles, and trimmings are at your disposal to ensure a refreshingly modern yet reassuringly traditional look. 

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.”

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Humphries Shoes

Discover the perfect pair of shoes for any occasion at Humphries Shoes. From smart to sporty, for kids or adults, you'll find your favourite footwear brands waiting for you inside.

Humphries Shoes is the longest-standing store at Kingfisher Shopping Centre, founded on Evesham Street in Redditch in 1862 by Walter Humphries. Today, the store is proudly run by the fourth and fifth generations of the family, ensuring a commitment to quality and tradition.

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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Fat Giraffe

From jewellery and hair accessories, to haberdashery, glassware, and even healing crystals, Fat Giraffe has it all.

A family-run business which has been at Kingfisher for over 10 years, Fat Giraffe aims to offer its customers beautiful, unique products that you cannot find elsewhere. Whether you are looking for something quirky and eclectic or something delicate and classical, you will be sure to find that perfect gift at Fat Giraffe.

For store owner, Katie, it is the level of care and attention to detail that goes into selecting stock that allows Fat Giraffe to stand out: “We sell things that we love, which is why we have such a broad product range. The store is constantly evolving to be able to meet new demands and trends. Like many, my mum got into knitting over lockdown, so we started selling knitting supplies as a way to tap into this growing consumer interest.

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Founded by friends Becki, Jacky, Gail, and Sarah, Maya Gifts is one of the newest and quirkiest stores in the Kingfisher shopping centre.

A fusion of three, female-led independent businesses, Maya Gifts is here to offer its customers a wide variety of innovative items and one-of-a-kind curios – ranging from locally made preserves and hand-crafted jewellery, to ethically sourced clothing and mystical statuettes.

As Becki, Jacky, Gail, and Sarah the store’s founders note, an independent spirit infuses Maya Gifts: “At Maya, we adore the sense of community we have been fortunate enough to foster amongst our customers. As a small, independent store we are able to take the time to talk with and get to know our customers, share our product knowledge and seek out items we know our customers will love.

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Perfect Nails and Brows

For the perfect manicure or pampering, visit Perfect Nails and Brows – another staple of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

With an attractive offering and a variety of acrylic and gel nail treatments available, as well as professional brow treatments, full manicures and pedicures, Perfect Nails and Beauty remains one of the area’s go-to stores 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.”

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Magical Story

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, 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.”  

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