SHOPPING IN FAVERSHAM IS ON THE UP
With existing shops expanding their businesses and many new premises opening,
Faversham town centre is on the up.
An impressive number of new shops and businesses are opening in Faversham, improving the town centre appeal to both local shoppers and those from further afield. New businesses are attracted to the town partly because of the quality of existing shops and services and partly due to the loyal support of those customers who visit and shop in Faversham.
Faversham is popular due to is combination of practical shops for those carrying out essential shopping along with leisure shopping for those looking for an enjoyable day out. The town’s thriving markets also attract shoppers with their wide range of stalls and products.
Ideal for buying those essentials
Shops including the Stationery Shoppe, JC Lock, Whites of Kent, Gullivers and Multisave have long been providing practical items for the home and everyday living. For groceries and other consumables, other shops such as Ollie Bongo’s, MB Farms and Iceland, along with Faversham Market, have ensured it’s easy to pick up bits and pieces when in town. But with Morrisons and Tesco on the doorstep, stores for those with a longer shopping lists are also near at hand.
Faversham is also jam-packed with shops offering important services. Need your shoes heeled? Your suit dry-cleaned? Pictures framed? Desperate for a haircut? Fancy a manicure? Does your house need new carpets or curtains? Faversham town centre can help you with all these needs and requirements!
A big draw for many shoppers and visitors is the picturesque, historic town centre. Along with its collection of cafés and pubs selling delicious local food and drink, Faversham is perfect for a day out.
For anyone searching for the ideal gift or treat there are many shops that fit the bill, including Barley Mow, Faversham Frames, Presentimes, Luvies Boutique, Lotty’s Flowers, 19 Preston, The Hat Shop, Butterfly Boutique and the Creek Creative Shop.
As if the beautiful town centre, independent shops and mouth-watering eateries weren’t enough, Faversham also boasts many town centre attractions such as Creek Creative, Faversham Swimming Pool, The Fleur de Lis Museum, Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre and Standard Quay, which appeal to locals and visitors alike.
Faversham is also embracing the trend of shops which appeal to people pursuing their arts and crafts hobbies. The Yarn Dispensary has proved to be a great success selling quality wool and accessories whilst also holding successful workshops and knitting evenings, attracting people from far and wide – many staying at local hotels to make the most of their visit. Two new shops have since opened along a similar vein. All Stitched Up for all those who love to sew along with the House of the Crafty Fox for ceramics fun. Not forgetting Creek Creative which continues to offer art workshops at its studios at the top of Abbey Street.
Another sector which has grown significantly in Faversham in recent years is ‘antiques and collectables’, with thriving shops at Standard Quay, The Mall and in the town centre. These, along with the Antiques Market on the first Sunday of the month, generate a great deal of visitors and shoppers to Faversham.
A great night out
Faversham’s appeal continues into the evening with an ever-increasing choice of pubs, bars and restaurants. From wine bars to micro-pubs; traditional public houses to fine restaurants – it’s all here! The Royal Cinema continues to prosper and grow, showing the latest releases at down-to-earth prices and the Arden Theatre offers a regular programme of shows and events. Faversham is also well-known for its live music with many pubs and venues hosting music most nights of the week.
Come and visit
So, to those who haven’t visited Faversham recently for shopping or an evening out – what are you waiting for?! You’ll find many of your favourite shops and eating places are still here…..along with some exciting new businesses for you to enjoy.
New shops and premises
Why not visit and show your support?
All Stitched Up, Court Street – fabrics, sewing accessories and craft workshops
Angie’s Personalised Gifts, Preston Street – glass etching, fabric printing and engraving
Apothecary, West Street – holistic health, natural remedies and beauty products. Moved next door to larger premises
Hamiltons International, Belvedere Road – interior design studio including fabrics, wallpapers and soft furnishings
Hobby Shop, Preston Street - model railways, kits, Warhammer, LEGO and BRIO. Expanding and moving to new premises in Preston Street
House of the Crafty Fox, West Street - pottery decorating for all ages and Ceramics Café
Light of My Life, Preston Street – wedding services and supplies
Soiree, Preston Street – cocktail lounge
Sweet Expectations, East Street – sweets, chocolate and ice-creams
Vino, Court Street – wine shop and tastings
19 Preston, Preston Street – art gallery and shop
Supporting Faversham businesses
If you’re a Faversham business and would like to find out about local support, networking and town marketing, you may be interested in joining the new Faversham Traders Association. For more information visit ‘Find it in Faversham’ on Facebook.