It’s hard not to notice the shops opening in Belfast this year in the run up to Christmas.
Newly relocated and relaunched is the Jaeger store on Arthur Street, it’s only the second of the new style of shop fit to open in the UK. Jaeger have been in Belfast for many years and it’s great to see them treat us to their new look before most other cities.
LIDL has arrived in the City centre. Yes, in what used to be the old Hi-Park shopping centre, is now a huge and already very popular LIDL store! Get ready for all their weekly promotions. I know quite a few people who are very excited at the arrival of this store.
Opening on Church Lane is the pop-up Terry Bradley shop….Sure he’s only the most popular Belfast artist this decade isn’t he? Well, I think so anyway!
Check out the relocated Studio souk on Castle Lane. The Soul is an open plan studio and retail space which allows artists and designers to work while shoppers browse for handmade and unique treasures.
In the old Treat Boutique cupcake heaven opposite Starbucks in Victoria Square is the new Swarovski shop which adds a bit of sparkle just in time for your Christmas shopping. If you didn’t already know, Swarovski are the premium brand for finest crystals.
Just across the walkway is the newly opened Boutique Goldsmiths, bringing younger stylish brands of watches to the shopping centre. With BOSS, DKNY, Ted Baker amongst the brands for sale, this new addition to Belfast shopping could be your must-see Christmas gift destination.
Heading along towards Ann Street and you’ll notice a few changes. The first to happen was the relocated and much bigger Costa. Personally I prefer the original Costa upstairs, I loved sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the shoppers in Victoria Square, but times change and the bigger site is definitely looking much busier!
Next door in the old Clockwork Orange store is The Good Food and Wine Company food hall with award-winning local artisan produce. A great place with luxury gourmet food gifts, baskets, hampers and treats for foodies. I’m already planning my Xmas hamper for my parents!
Upstairs is the Belfast TeaHouse. The Teahouse is a first for the city and with local and award-winning Suki Tea on board, it’s definitely a tea treat! And finally we are able to say, ‘let’s meet up for a cup of tea’ rather than the coffee we’ve got used to saying!
Across the mall from this is the new Yo! Sushi site. Opening in December this year, Yo! Sushi brings you tasty Japanese food in a fun environment and it’ll soon be right in the centre of the city.
Just outside Victoria Square on Ann Street I noticed Doris and Jeannie from the Belmont Road, and now right in the city centre. They are Belfast’s official stockist of Annie Sloan™ chalk paint™ but in store is also a treasure trove of gift delights! It’s and absolute gem of a store packed full of home accessories. Definitely worth a visit.
Back in Victoria Square and it’s all change for Customer Services as they are moving into an empty unit which I don’t think anyone knew was there. In fact it’s the very same unit that I always thought would be a great spot for Belfast Times HQ to sell my designs from, but in the meantime I’ll stick with St George’s Market.
That’s it for now, but happy shopping in the run up to the biggest shopping season of the year, in a city centre starting to see even more new retailers after a long recession!