Telegraph Best Small Shop Awards 2011

The Telegraph Best Small Shop Awards is about to close and if you haven’t voted for your favourite independent retailers yet there is still time.  We are lucky enough to live in Stoke Newington, an enclave in Hackney that is renowned for its creativity and it’s fiercely independent spirit . The quality of the shops in our neighbourhood rival any independent shopping area and they need your support so why don’t you make your own list and vote today.

If you haven’t ever paid Stoke Newington a visit we are really easy to find.  Jump on a no 73 bus in the Angel  and 15 minutes later you will be in a very different place.

The Telegraph are running a prize draw with 6 luxury prizes including a holiday so good luck!

It’s hard to choose but here are just a few of our favourite picks:

Hub Menswear recently awarded Drapers Best Menswear Store 2011

Hub Womenswear for handpicked contemporary classics and footwear.

Askew Eyewear for an inspired selection of contemporary optical frames and sunglasses and expert eye testing…pictured below


The Spence for the best home baked bread…try their carrot loaf.

Olives favourite hairdresser Beau Catcher for stylists happy to give children creative and edgy haircuts.

The  award winning Stoke Newington Bookshop

My favourite haven for complimentary therapy and hair treatments Shine Holistic…pictured below

Rosa Lingerie for personal service and expert fitting

Itto for home Chinese fusion cooking…love their new lighting and their cherry blossom window art.

Yum Yums for award winning classic Thai cuisine…pictured below.

Rouge for Chinese decorative homewares and furniture…love love Rouge from their giant carp kites to teapots to lacquer cabinets

Homage for contemporary and classic homewares…not forgetting their in house coffee!…pictured below

Two of our new comers with Committee of Taste for vintage furniture and collectables and for the best coffee and avocado breakfast Fred & Fran

and not forgetting our own store Olive Loves Alfie that we love heart and soul...pictured below



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