The best independent shops on Birmingham's high street

Planning a trip to Birmingham once lockdown is over?

We’ve rounded up the best shops to add to your must-visit list.

Don’t worry, they also have online stores, so you don’t have to delay buying the best bits.

As part of The Local List, each week we’ll be encouraging you to keep the UK’s high streets alive by buying from your local independent stores online.

This time, Nicole Mowbray gives Birmingham shops a helping hand.

Liquor Store

Menswear shop featuring both heritage brands and modern labels, hailing ‘from Japan to Birmingham and everywhere in between’. When we can return properly, check out the speakeasy-style bar in the basement.

Where: 3 The Grand, 27, Colmore Row, B3,

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Sara Preisler Gallery

Sara Preisler’s family history in jewellery and fine crafts goes back hundreds of years. These days, she sells contemporary art, jewellery, gifts and homewares in a beautiful exhibition space, which is currently open for click and collect (though they’ll deliver, too, of course).

Where: The Custard Factory, 7 Gibb St, B9

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Harvest Skincare

An independent, organic, home-grown skincare brand, started in King’s Heath in 2009 and now boasting nearly 100 stockists worldwide. It’s also home to Harvest’s treatment and therapy room.

Where: 34 Poplar Road, B14

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Van Doodle Design

This art and design store have been putting their own bespoke spin on everything from movie posters to mugshots. The perfect place to find a quirky gift.

Where: Link Street, Bullring & Grand Central, B5

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Swordfish Records

This independent record store has been in business since 1979, buying and selling new and used vinyl and CDs and collectibles. Boasts customers as diverse as Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters to Neil Diamond.

Where: 66 Dalton Street, B4

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Disorder Boutique

From bespoke printed T-shirts featuring original artwork to custom-made clothing and alterations, locals cannot praise ethical clothing store Disorder highly enough.

Where: 14 Needless Alley, B2

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Peter Forson

Launched by Daisy Nyamie in 2015, Peter Forson is home to Peaky Blinders’ style flat caps beloved by David Beckham – not to mention a full range of millinery for men and women.

Where: 17 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2

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Expect a well-curated selection of high end menswear here, with names such as Off-White and Yohji Yamamoto mixing with labels more closer to home – Paul Smith and Belstaff.

Where: 15-17 Ethel Street, B2

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Top Banana

A super-cool vintage store in Kings Heath specialising in men’s and women’s vintage and retro clothing. Top Banana specialises in imports from the USA, including Vans and Converse shoes and Hawaiian shirts.

Where: 14 York Road, B14

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