Shopping Travel

>A Shop named.. SHOP and the Christmas Steps


I promised I would write up my exciting finds from when I visited Bristol last week and so… first up!:
The awesome Christmas steps (I know, that word made me shudder too).. and particularly the shop named SHOP, the best of a bunch of specialist craft and artistic shopettes along the ancient stepped alley.
My Boyfriend getting the adventure bug down the Christmas Steps on one of our evening walks and me looking deceivingly moody in an alcove at the top of the steps.

The Knifesmith gallery is a teeny, pokey but no less artistically worthy gallery at the top of the steps. The gallerys’ tag line is ‘Dark Art in Bristol’ and they describe their choice of artists as those who show ‘challenging and beautiful contemporary and historic work.’

This genre can be seen at the moment as Knifesmith showcases the canvasses of the skilled St. Leger Brothers, displaying wild mythical beast illustrations and flowing surreal landscape paintings.
Next along the well-trodden path is West Region Stamps, an old stamp dealers. I didn’t go in, its window displays were enough to take in but I assume that with such a geographically wide spanning name, it must be a biggun’ in its field!

And then, opposite the specialist musical bow making shop, proudly sits SHOP. With its pretty bunting and charitable mission statement at the window, I was in the door in no time!

SHOP is a sweet arrangement of 3 rooms; one with vintage clothes and bits & bobs, the main room with vintage crockery and homely objects (as well as artwork from Bristol artists/community on the walls) and the 2-tier Zine room where life drawing and community projects are held.

oh, and this was my favourite dress, £20 but I was on a strict ‘no buying’ day…

Picnic basket with artists posters for sale inside and a pretty vintage dress, £15
So if you’re passing by Bristol/live there and haven’t sniffed out SHOP and the Christmas Steps, don’t miss them!
(or, well, you MUST look at SHOPs website or blog)


  • oviya May 7, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    >Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!


  • Alexandra August 9, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    >Bristol looks amazing, i really want to go now!!!!!

  • WeShop August 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    >The shop called SHOP looks incredible. Will take a look at their website. xx

  • Jazzabelle August 7, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    >ohh, what a beautiful shop! i agree with saskia, it's also my kind of place to shop 🙂 i'd definately be rummaging in the postcards box, hehe. i've never been to bristol before, but i'd love to go!

    love, jazzabelle. xxx

  • the style crusader August 6, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    >shop looks very cool! lovely shots. xx

  • thelonelyteapot. August 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    >SHOP looks like such an amazing shop! I'll be sure to visit the website since I don't live anywhere nearby! 🙂


  • notjustmedical August 6, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    >If I ever pass through Bristol, I'll have to take a gander at Shop…looks like my type of shop…can't go wrong with a well-organised shop…repetition much?


  • Hannah August 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    >SHOP looks amazing, I really want to go there and SHOP!!

  • Archives August 6, 2010 at 2:51 AM

    >oh my gosh i want to shop at SHOP!!!! 😀

  • Kit August 6, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    >Oh damn I went to Bath Spa yesterday shoulda gone to Bristol too :S