Sunday 18 February 2018

14 shops to add to your Cheltenham wishlist

While Cheltenham's retail scene continues to develope at pace, there are still brands we'd love to see open stores, with SoGlos selecting 14 shops that would be a welcome addition to the town.

With the much-anticipated John Lewis opening in spring 2018, along with the arrival of Oliver Bonas, it’s fair to say that the town is having a bit of a retail surge.

And while SoGlos is first to champion local and independent options, there are some big names still to make their mark on Gloucestershire’s growing shopping scene.

Whether you’re looking for fashion favourites, cosmetic choices, gadgets galore or children’s toys, SoGlos has selected 14 brands to add to your Cheltenham wishlist.

1. Zara

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Appealing to male and female fashion-lovers alike, Spanish brand, Zara, would definitely be a welcome addition to the town, with its affordable, wearable and on-trend collections providing staples for the office, weekend wear and much more.

2. Build-A-Bear Workshop

With interactive teddy-making stations, Build-A-Bear Workshop offers children of all ages the chance to create their very own personalised stuffed animals, with a choice of 30 different furry friends to make, along with a range of fun outfits and accessories.

3. MAC Cosmetics

Make-up lovers would be queuing down the streets for the opening of MAC Cosmetics, with its products spanning everyday essentials to playful palettes for creating show-stopping looks, while the brand is also known for its impressive collection of brushes and tools.

4. Urban Outfitters

Combining fashion-forward pieces with streetwear, Urban Outfitters is heaven for shoppers looking for something a bit different to add to their wardrobes. Catering for men and women, the brand also offers vintage pieces, along with quirky homeware and gifts.

5. Cos

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Cos, the big sister to H&M, is a Swedish fashion brand that’s known for its understated collections that are made to last beyond the seasons. The shop stocks modern and function designs for both men and women, favouring fabrics such as silk, wool and cotton poplin.

6. KIKO Milano

A favourite among beauty bloggers, KIKO Milano is an exciting new Italian make-up and skincare brand offering a wealth of affordable products, whether you’re a lover of lipstick or a nail polish addict. The brand is expanding rapidly in the UK, here’s hoping Cheltenham is on its radar…

7. Boux Avenue

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From romantic lingerie and playful pyjamas to cosy loungerwear and stylish bikinis, Boux Avenue is a haven for those seeking a bit of luxury in their lives. The store offers free bra fittings and stocks underwear in an array of sizes, with styles spanning everyday essentials to lacy numbers.

8. Apple

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There’s no denying that Apple stores are aesthetically pleasing even from the outside, but inside gadget lovers can expect to discover the latest products from the tech giant, displayed in the trademark minimalist surroundings that its shops have become known for across the globe.

9. Muji

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Minimalist Japanese emporium, Muji, is the perfect place to stock up on all manner of design-led products that are both simple yet pleasing on the eye. Expect to find everything from notebooks and storage solutions to suitcases and kitchen accessories that combine form and function.

10. Mothercare

Formerly located in Regent Arcade, Mothercare closed down in Cheltenham in 2014 to make way for Carluccio’s, but parents would definitely be happy to see the British retail institution, which stocks everything mums and dads could need for little ones, return to town.

11. Sweaty Betty

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Purveyors of stylish fitness apparel, Sweaty Betty offers colourful collections of clothing to leave you fashionably equipped for a range of activities spanning yoga, running and swimming, along with a host of accessories guaranteed to give you workout wardrobe a new lease of life.

12. Anthropologie

Expect to discover a unique assortment of boho-chic and handcrafted pieces for the home, along with clothing and accessories at Anthropologie. The upscale sister brand to Urban Outfitters caters to an older demographic and offers a unique retail experience brimming with gift ideas.

13. Banana Republic

Part of the Gap retail group, Banana Republic is an upmarket lifestyle brand specialising in modern and classic contemporary styles for both men and women, with collections spanning office wear and holiday essentials along with stylish occasion dresses and suiting.

14. Joy

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With statement prints and colourful homeware its signature style, you can expect to find a curated selection of clothing and pieces for the home at Joy, which now has over 30 stores across the UK. The fashion and lifestyle brand also has a quirky selection of affordable gifts on offer.

Which retailers would you like to see open in Cheltenham? Have you say by leaving a comment below.

By Anna McKittrick

© SoGlos
Tuesday 12 September 2017

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