Spotlight on Whitstable

2 February 2021

Whitstable. This is a place where “what’s not to love?’ is the question.

Small businesses are a prominent feature at the heart of this quaint seaside town, with dozens of much-loved indie shops lining lanes that are just a stone’s throw from the beach. You’ll find gems including Jane at Graham Greener, Mosaic, Whitstable Produce Store, Harbour Books and Honey Kanes all dotted amongst each other in Harbour Street, Herbert’s Cycles and Betty Loves Bryan (by private appointment) along the High Street and Scandinavian Touch on Oxford Street.

During a recent Whitstable day trip we checked in with a number of independent shops that care passionately about what they do. 

Jane at Graham Greener

Set back from the road with an open front garden, Jane’s flowers and plants are housed in Graham Greener’s store that calls the curious inside. Visitors are welcome to browse the boutique where Jane’s available to discuss bespoke flower arrangements for special occasions.

Whitstable Produce Store

Steve Jones and his team at Whitstable Produce Store offer a tasteful array of fresh take away meals and locally sourced food and drink products to tempt us. A true supporter of everything local, the store stocks goods from over 30 independent Kent makers and suppliers and is a first port of call for anyone that’s keen to make an impact by shopping-local.

Mosaic

Shernaz who moved all the way from Mumbai to Whitstable, sources an eclectic range of jewellery, clothes and accessories from far and beyond for her shop Mosaic. She’s been running her store since 1999 and it’s become a destination-must for regular visitors that are seeking out something truly unique.

Scandinavian Touch

Yusef who runs Scandinavian Touch with his business partner Marianne invites shoppers in to explore their independent homewares and design showroom in Oxford Street. A family interior design business that was founded 22 years ago in Norway is the inspiration behind the unique product collections. This is a gem of a place for home lovers and for anyone seeking out a special gift. 

Honey Kanes

For those with a sweet tooth or shoppers looking for tasteful gifts, HoneyKanes is the go-to that has been delighting Whitstable since 2018. As an independent sweet shop, they’ve taken care and effort to find the most exceptional suppliers to bring us the best quality confectionery possible. This is a colourful, sweet-tastic heaven with shelves full to the brim and bursting with colour, while the HoneyKanes Express whizzes around the ceiling and the Whirling Twirling Bean Machine does its thing!

We’ve covered just a handful of what’s on offer in the town. There’s so much more to explore and it’s not just team-Localise that’s slightly in love with this thriving little seaside town. Janet Street-Porter’s a big fan too. She’s been known to dive straight into the waters for her exercise and highly recommends taking your swimmers with you. 

Beyond shopping and swimming, the town boasts great independent pubs, cafes and restaurants that are dotted within the town’s main streets, as well as along the harbour and seaside promenade. While Whitstable is undoubtedly best known for oysters and fresh fish, there’s enough culinary choice to satisfy everyone’s dietary requirements and tastes. Check out where to eat in Whitstable here

Still not convinced? For even more ideas on how to make the most of a day out in Whitstable see Time Out magazine’s recommendations.

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