INCREDIBLE INDEPENDENT SHOPPING
Alongside its range of utilitarian objects for the home and traditional hardware shop paraphernalia, including tools, cleaning products, candles and soaps, Frome Hardware offers expert laser etching and cutting. This service is available on a wide range of materials, and bespoke items can be made to order. One-off items and batches of products can all be accommodated and are all completed in the shop. Available for commission by the public or businesses, Frome Hardware combines this contemporary service with the traditional expectations of an old fashioned hardware shop.
PENLEIGH FARM BUTCHERS
Run by local farmer Owen Singer, Penleigh Farm Butchers have tradition and quality at the heart of everything they do. From free-range farming and slow meat production to providing an easy-going, friendly service, they maintain a personal relationship with customers, offering advice on the right choice of cuts and how best to prepare your meat. Alongside the meat raised on their own farm, Penleigh Farm Butchers also work with other local farmers and suppliers whose methods and ethos closely match their own. Owen is the fourth generation of farmers in his family, working with the land and animals on their farm just outside Frome on the border of Somerset and Wiltshire. Alongside their meat and poultry, they often stock game as well as Lovetts Pies and sausage rolls by Little Jack Horners. Based on Stony Street, Penleigh opens Tuesday – Saturday, and also on market Sundays.
Postscript sits halfway up the cobbled hill on Stony Street. Much more than your average stationers, Postscript sells a range of exquisite stationery, chic office supplies and art and craft materials to die for. They also host local experts who run workshops for grown-ups, on anything from calligraphy to print making. They also run crafty children’s parties. Not satisfied with establishing a stationery shop of distinction, owners Garry and Rachel soon discovered the untapped talents of their team and nurtured their growth, meaning they can now offer a full design and printing service for everything from business cards to bespoke wedding invitations. Their ethos has always been at the forefront of what they do: to get things right for the customer. And they seem to be doing that brilliantly.
NOMAD SUPPLY STORE
Nomad Supply Store is an independent menswear shop, selling timeless, durable clothing, designed to be worn for the long haul. Nomad make sure the kit and clothing they stock is built to withstand the rigours of the great outdoors. Their current brands include Filson, Carhartt WIP, Millican, Deus Ex Machina, Edwin, Red Wing Shoes, Stance, and much more. With stylish and utilitarian items like the Filson Dry Backpack, or the Maap All Conditions Phone Pocket, Nomad sell more than just clothes. Visit Nomad at their premises on Frome’s iconic Catherine Hill, or on their extensive online shop.
Pop! is a shop like no other, luring you in with a veritable rainbow of colour and sending you out smiling with gifts galore, thanks to their surprisingly affordable prices. One look at the shop and you feel like you’re stepping into a living, breathing Pinterest board of fun, with quirky, design-led gifts. Make no mistake, these are not novelty gifts but light-hearted, cleverly designed items that play on design classics and make you smile.
The gifts are sourced both locally and from as far afield as Japan and Korea, and often come from tiny Instagram-based makers, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else on the high street. You’ll find everything from clothing and accessories to jewellery and trinkets for the home. Importantly, most things are under £10, earning owner Helen the local title of the “Willy Wonka” of gifts.
Established in Frome for over 100 years, Millers is an unfailing source of useful, practical and stylish goods for your home. Their massive range includes kitchenware, hardware, garden equipment and gifts. They sell a great variety of baskets, large and small, as well as rugs and bedding. Their range of pillows and duvets from The Fine Bedding Company offers high quality at affordable prices, and their range of curtains is extensive, with both contemporary and more traditional fabrics to choose from. You can order in store, and your curtains will be ready to collect within seven days.
THE WHY GALLERY
The WHY Gallery is both an exhibition space and a makers’ shop. Each month the gallery space is used for an exhibition of work by local artists, with hugely varying styles and mediums - from illustration to embroidery, painting to sculpture. The WHY Gallery has become renowned for stocking an amazing selection of contemporary jewellery by exciting new designers, as well as a large range of prints, homewares, textiles, cards, baskets and bags, ceramics and soaps. This is a little gallery with a big heart as it is run to raise funds for We Hear You, a Frome-based charity which offers free, professional counselling to children and adults affected by life-threatening illness. A percentage from all sales goes directly to We Hear You, while the rest goes to the artists and makers.
MATTHEW PAUL INTERIORS
Matthew Paul Interiors opened its doors at 1 Bath Street Frome in July 2018 and is fast becoming known for its beautiful range of home and interior accessories at very affordable prices. The shop is the local Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wall Paint stockist and also sells other Annie Sloan products including waxes, brushes, stencils and books. As well as selling the products, owner Matt Gillman hosts Annie Sloan painting workshops and offers a commission painting service where he will paint your piece of furniture for you. The shop also sells a wide selection of accessories for your home including vases, jugs, picture frames, cushions, rugs and throws.
Fromie Gifts curates exclusive gift boxes that champion and support the best suppliers and makers in Frome, with boxes for him, for her, for teens, for kids and even for pets! Available to buy both online and in store, these beautiful boxes house items from Frome suppliers including Frome Hardware, Truly Sopel, Kobi and Teal and Charlotty, to name just a few. Owner Nicky Bragg, is passionate about Frome and its many creative businesses, starting Fromie Gifts as a way to promote them both. With boxes including items like handmade knickers, resin jewellery, luxury candles, locally roasted coffee and monochrome bunting, there is something for everyone, presented perfectly in one of Fromie’s brilliant gift boxes.