Quality Hotel Birmingham South NEC
47-49 Sherbourne Road
Birmingham, EN B27 6DX
Phone: (44) 121 706-5900
Fax: (44) 121 624-5900
This woman's bridal boutique can provide the fashions and accessories for all female members of the wedding party. In addition to its dressmaking service, Special Occasions stocks a wide range of ready-to-wear bridal gowns, jewelery and hats. The in-house designer dressmakers work with a variety of high quality fabrics such as Nottingham and Gulpure lace to tailor clothes for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride. The store also offers an alteration and repair service.
Those who love scuba diving say there's nothing quite like it, and it's the closest you can get to being on another world right here on Earth. If you're not a diver, and want to find out if it's true what they say, then this is a good place to start. Everything a novice or experienced diver needs to practice this sport in safety is here, and information on courses is also available.
Fishing is a very popular pastime in the UK and Birmingham is no exception. Walk along the riverbanks, canal towpaths and reservoir shores of the city at weekends and you're bound to encounter intrepid souls hoping for a bite. The Fishing Lodge caters for all the needs of the keen angler. Everything you might need is here, and all the best known names in this sport are stocked. A call is always worthwhile to check opening times as they may vary (the owners are keen anglers).
Asda is one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, and has now been taken over by American giant WalMart. Its prices are generally reckoned to be keen and the Small Heath branch is open for 24 hours a day (with the exception of Sundays, owing to UK trading laws). Asda doesn't sell groceries alone but has a well-regarded clothes section too. It offers various other items such as kitchenware, pharmaceuticals and electronic goods.
Scott's Cycles is a family firm, founded way back in 1906. You will no longer find the kind of rickety bicycles that were de rigueur in the Edwardian era, but you will find the latest in cycling technology. All the major makes are stocked, and repairs/renovations are carried out. Accessories and clothing are also sold, so whether you're entering the Tour de France, out for a Sunday ride, or just commuting, you should look the part.
The Robin Hood Golf Centre first opened more than 20 years ago and claims to be the largest golf equipment supplier in Europe. Everything the keen golfer needs is available on this huge site. If you can't get along in person, there is now a comprehensive web site which offers online ordering. A recent addition to the Robin Hood Golf Centre is an in-house specialist travel agency, known as Go2Golf, where you can book a golfing holiday just about anywhere in the world.
Whether you're an Olympic-class sprinter or just enjoy a morning jog, the Birmingham Runners Shop can provide you with all the equipment you need. The store offers a wide selection of running, sports and aerobic shoes, plus a range of fitness equipment and accessories. It also offers a mail order delivery service for customers who place their order with a major credit or debit card.
Madeleine Ann holds a large range of classy separates, hats and jewelery to complete the look for well-dressed ladies. Personal attention is available whether you require a business suit, an evening dress or a going away outfit. The fashion here is from the middle to the top of the range and includes styles by Frank Usher, Betty Barclay and Joseph Janard, alongside Wolford bodies and tights.
Serene Order is a lovely shop, which is worth a visit for the décor alone, which is al fresco and high-ceiling. Here you'll find Vivienne Westwood, Dexter Wong and John Rocha to mention just a few of the high fashion designer names. The clothes, shoes and accessories are for both men and women and where required a personal service is available.
Bridge is a fashion store that begins with the premiss that its prime customer will be a well-dressed woman of 25 upwards. You can start by buying a capsule wardrobe and build it up from there. "Bridging" is the key word meaning to bridge the age gap with timeless updated classics with a twist, and bridging the price gap as well. Shop here for casuals and business wear, including KS, Marella, Falke (tights) and Gerard Darel.
The large Sing Fat Supermarket offers a huge range of value for money Chinese products. Examples of oriental items sold here include noodles, crackers, seafood, sauces and a wide selection of exotic teas including Ginkgo, Magnolia, Jasmine and Osmanthus Oolong. It's worth a look around even if you aren't after anything in particular and offers a fascinating insight into a much-loved cuisine.
BC Sports is both a retailer and wholesaler of all kinds of clothing and equipment for martial arts enthusiasts. Close to Birmingham's Chinese quarter, friendly staff will advise on your needs for sports such as karate, taekwondo, aikido, judo, kick-boxing and many more. Discounts are available for instructors. The range on offer is pretty comprehensive, but a telephone call before making a journey is recommended to check on items currently in stock, especially if you have very specific requirements.