Hitchin is a cool little town – sandwiched conveniently between Cambridge and London! It’s a hugely desirable market town in Hertfordshire to live in for so many reasons. I often think of it as St Alban’s little sister, or Cambridge’s cousin.
Things to do in Hitchin
There is so much to do in this great little town! Things of note are the Church, the Market, and the theatres, Hitchin Lavender, British schools museum, comedy clubs, even our music festival! We have great restaurants and cafes, food and drink markets, a fabulous outdoor swimming pool. There are events like Hitchin Fashion Show, beard championships(!) and The Scate Jam! Keen ‘can do’ people organise great events for our town, these are real people, real shop owners and residents. If you open yourself up to what is going on, you will get to know these characters who are part of the town that people just fall in love with.
Use it or lose it
Business owners and residents feel a special bond. Hitchin has a vast selection of independent shops, restaurants and cafes – these make it unique! It’s Black Friday this week, there is lots of temptations to make you buy, buy, buy online or join a stampede to get a discounted item. And it seems like it has turned into a week this year, my inbox has been full of it from Monday to get me to ‘add to cart’. I can’t help thinking that prices are overinflated in the first place for big companies to be able to offer such deals. Or as is sometimes the case there are very few available at the cut price.In an anti Black Friday and local loving way, I thought I’d showcase just what makes Hitchin’s independent shops, great! I went to each shop and asked could I take a photo out of a selection of the goods they sold. All the shops below are shops that I love, that I use and that I would be sad to lose! These shops have that personal service, expertise, or something that you can’t quite put your finger on! They sell MUCH more variety than I featured here, of course, I just selected items I thought looked good together and that which caught my eye.
You can make a difference – Where to shop in Hitchin
So if you want to help build communities, try or see before you buy and boost local economy – shop local. Christmas sales can account for between 1/3 or nearly 2/3 of a retailers annual turnover. A bad Christmas can mark disaster for a small business. This is just a selection of course, and by no means a complete list, just those who I popped into and who were friendly enough to let me take over their shop for a bit.
I took these photos for a little project on twitter where I posted a photo and asked people which shop I was in. If you click on each photo it will take you to their website or facebook page. So can you guess the shops? Are these amongst your most visited? Which other shops should I go to? Leave me a comment and I will try and add to this list.
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Featured shops are. click on each image above to take you to their website.
- Hermitage Road cafe/shop
- Jolly Brown
- Gilroy interiors – Habberdashery
- What Sarah Did
- Chilli B
- Hitchin Lavender
- Rosita Lollipop
- Stephanie Rose Florist
- Pauls Bikes
- Dance of Hitchin
- The Wool Shop
- Quotedien Bakery
- Kinetic Cycles
- Fabios Gelato
- Vanity Beauty Academy
- Vinegar Hill
- Twisted Fabric (Mens)
- Twisted Fabric (Womens)
Of course there are lots and lots more indi shops and long standing high street stores. I visited these visits in one week. I tweeted each day and some shops followed the game and tweeted back or messaged me asking could I please include them. Just leave a comment if you think I should add other shops to this post and I will try and add them too.