So now we know who our top 10 are, and whilst we are eagerly awaiting the results to discover our overall winner, we thought now would be the perfect time to get to know our finalists a bit better…

Hyde & Seek

You can ‘seek’ out this award winning contemporary gift shop along Paris Street – and it’s well worth the visit too! If you’re on the hunt for something a little different from the run of the mill, Hyde and Seek stock quirky, colourful and fun gifts, homeware items, toys, books, prints, cards and more. With a price range to suit all purse strings, you’re sure to find something here that will brighten that special someone’s day!

Choccie Bar

Known as the ‘guardian angels of luxury and indulgence’ Choccie Bar creates velvety, scrummy artisan chocolates perfect for any occasion. Unique gifts, fantastic wedding favours or sculptures, corporate events, office stashes, special luxury presents for a loved one or just a simple, elegant bar or box of chocolates for you. Let Choccie Bar seduce you with chocolate which looks as stunning as it tastes.

V&M Hair

V&M Hair is a high class hairdressing establishment found in the city centre of Exeter.  All staff are continually trained and updated in the latest techniques, using the best products on the market. V&M strive to provide you a top class, unique experience that will surpass your needs and expectations, wrapped up in an easy going atmosphere.

No Guts No Glory (NGNG)

Housing a collection of greetings cards, books, independent magazines and journals, art prints, t-shirts, locally crafted homewares and house plants, NGNG is as unique as they come. Everything on offer is personally selected by the shops owners – the Makers, and is designed to feel like a home from home. The products chosen are not only beautiful to behold but carry a message of sustainability and slow living.


Handmade in Dorset, Chococo craft fine luxury chocolates with origin chocolate made from the highest quality cocoa beans, and local, seasonal ingredients (with no additives, preservatives or added sugar), so they are truly handmade, handpacked and delivered fresh. Chococo have won over 70 fine food awards over the years including most recently, 3 World medals at the International Chocolate Awards!


Serving up all of your favourite home cooked dishes and homemade cakes, Ferns is a large and traditional café situated in the heart of Guildhall shopping centre. You can expect very friendly service alongside a varied menu to suit all tastes. The perfect pitstop whilst shopping!

The Real Food Store

The Real Food Store is a community owned shop, café and bakery, newly situated in the centre of Exeter. All of the fresh fruit and veg that they stock are organic and GM free. They prioritise local produce as it is fresher, better for the environment, strengthens our local economy and tastes fantastic! Pop into the store and taste one of the regularly changing daily specials, or check out their recipes to try at home!

Bunyip Craft

This friendly, wonderful shop (formerly known as Bunyip Beads & Buttons) invites you to flex your artistic muscles and ‘make lovely things’. On offer are funky buttons, bright beads and exciting charms, exclusively designed kits, beautiful handmade jewellery, alongside anything and everything else a crafter may need. Bunyip Craft also host a range of regular classes, spanning from Beginners Jewellery Making to DIY Skirt Sewing and can also offer parties and bespoke workshops.

John Gandy’s

John Gandy’s boasts Exeter’s best weekend party bar with great music and a wide selection of local real ales, lagers and wines – perfect for those looking for an alternative to the clubs. Don’t forget to pop your head upstairs where you’ll find the hidden gem of the Cocktail Bar, taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Exeter’s busy streets and into a great place to catch up with friends.

Healthy Pulses

More than just a shop, Healthy Pulses gives great advice – led by manager Trish who has a great knowledge about health, natural remedies, food supplements and body care. Stocked with a wide range of supplements and veggie foods, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome from staff that are always happy to help.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the Summer of Independents campaign! There is alot of love for the independent retailers that make Exeter so great, and the highly anticipated winner will be announced shortly.

Watch this space…

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