5 of the Best - Institutions
Independent Shopping Guide
Grassmarket and Clerk Street, Edinburgh, www.armstrongsvintage.co.uk
The grandmamma of vintage shops, its cavernous depths are hung with old furs and flapper frocks, as well as many wearable bargains. Must-stop for fashionistas.
Tam Shepherd’s Trick Shop
Queen Street, Glasgow, www.tamshepherdstrickshop.co.uk
Pretty much our definition of an institution, as it’s been in the same place for over a century, selling practical jokes and funny hats.
King’s Court, Glasgow, www.mrbenretroclothing.com
Another vintage clothing shop, and one responsible for transforming pallid Glasgow Uni freshers into splendidly-Afghaned hipster creatures of the night.
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, www.avalan cherecords.co.uk; Dundas Street, Glasgow, www.avalan cheglasgow.co.uk
Arguably the Central Belt’s best-loved muso havens. Generally staffed by minor members of Scotland’s indie aristocracy too.
West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, www.word-power.co.uk
Opened by James Kelman in 1994, Edinburgh’s only radical independent bookshop feels increasingly necessary in the current climate. Part local treasure, part rallying point for the community.