Independent businesses continue to invest in Leamington

Independent businesses continue to invest in Leamington

A trio of independent stores are among a number of new small businesses which have recently opened in Leamington town centre.

The Stagey Fox, a theatrical gift and book shop, Grounded, a footwear store, and Claire Marie, which specialises in ladieswear, have all launched in Regent Street, boosting the street’s eclectic identity. 

Each store is independent and their owners based locally – including one who relocated both her business and home to the town and another who returned from London to set-up her business.

Leamington town centre is recognised for its retail and dining offering – with around 14 independent stores  and restaurants opening in the past six months alone.

Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington which works with businesses to promote the town, said: “Small businesses like these are the lifeblood of the town, as they attract visitors by having such a distinctive offer and wonderful welcome.

“Leamington has established an enviable reputation for having a unique variety of shops and independent stores such as the three on Regent Street which are wonderful examples as they help make the town centre into a community hub.

“We are always excited to welcome new businesses and it is great to be able to support them and also see them collaborating and supporting each other as this is what makes the business community so positive and vibrant.”

Family-owned The Stagey Fox is the youngest business on Regent Street after opening six weeks ago. The store, co-owned by Amanda Walsh and daughter Amy Walsh, also hosts cultural events such as play readings and cabarets for anyone to attend including those in the local arts scene.

Amy, who has recently returned to her hometown from London, said: “Both my mother and I love the arts – she was a theatre manager and administrator and I’m an actor and trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – so opening a theatrical gift shop was combining both our passions.

“Leamington offers a rich cultural experience and we hope The Stagey Fox will add to the arts scene – our events are also proving popular.”