Exeter has a wide-ranging independent scene, from Magdalen Road, to Fore Street, and then onto Gandy Street. Don’t just fit in with the crowd and try something new this month!
One of the fastest growing independent shops on Fore Street is without a doubt Sancho’s Dress. This Fairtrade and ethical clothes shop is making a difference in the city, offering fashionable outfits, bags and other accessories, including where it all started: the Sancho’s scarf. With a friendly team and rapidly building Instagram page, it’s about time you checked them out!
Looking for more of a retro 80s look? Always in Colour has you covered. From brightly colour Nike AirMax to an Avocado bag, this treasure-trove has the tools for you to really vamp up your style and experiment! For those who prefer more if the vintage, laid-back look, Sobey’s on Gandy Street has an endless array of large-fitting lumberjack shirts and distressed ‘Mom Jeans’. Both shops have a really individual vibe which is already attracting students who want something different to the rest of campus.
Going for independent doesn’t just mean clothes, there’s some really great places in Exeter to grab a bit or grab a book whilst still supporting local businesses. Roly’s Fudge Pantry makes a delicious fudge right before your eyes, often causing a delicious fudge smell to linger outside the shop when you walk past. Step up to their counter and take your pick of their great selection of flavours. How about lemon meringue fudge? Or maybe chocolate fudge? If it’s sunny then why not take it out with you as a snack while you explore the rest of the city? They’re only down the road from the Northernhay Gardens and their beautiful hill views. For those of you searching for a new sound, and not just a download from Spotify, why not get lost in the selection available at Rooster Records? It’s time to take things back and find that time to take a break from studying and relax.
Maria Gibson Vázquez
University of Exeter