Quality Hotel Dudley
Dudley, EN DY1 4RN
Phone: (44) 1384 458070
Fax: (44) 1384 457502
Not strictly in Birmingham, this enormous shopping complex is close enough to the city to make it easily accessible for all, and buses run regularly from the center of town. Hundreds of stores are represented, mainly high street retailers like Next, Monsoon, Dixons, Waterstones, W H Smiths and The Disney Store. There are plenty of eating places too, like the ubiquitous McDonalds and Pizza Hut, and it gets as busy as you'd expect. Good car parking though.
Pickles Pantry is a fantastic little deli, which is hidden away in a Harborne side street. It's only small, but sells an enviable range of cheeses; many organic and most quite rare; as well as hams, fresh bread, preserves, wines, pastries and the eponymous pickles. Everything is deliciously tasty and certainly worth the little extra you'll have to pay.
Faced with stiff competition from high street chains able to offer huge discounts on best-sellers, and with W H Smith just down the road, it's a wonder places like Bonds manage to survive. You are guaranteed help when you need it and if you do purchase something you'll leave with the knowledge that you've helped a local business. This is a good place to look for mainstream and local history books.
With a variety of sizes, Davenports has two floors offering a wide choice of fashion garments including designs from around the country. You can choose from casual wear to business styles to evening dress. For special occasions there are outfits with matching hats fit for any wedding and there are sets of pretty underwear by Lejaby. A workshop on the third floor will make any necessary alterations for that perfect fit.
Harborne Sports has been in the business for more than 30 years and stocks clothes and equipment by the best known makers including Slazenger, Nike, Adidas and Reebok. The shop specializes in clothing and equipment for a variety of sports but especially racquet sports such as badminton, squash and tennis. A 24-hour stringing service is offered. The shop is on the Harborne High Street, in the south-west of Birmingham and is easy to find.
Situated in the heart of the city's famous Jewellery Quarter, Hockley's Design Centre offers some of the finest jewelery you can find anywhere. Official agents for Gucci, Raymond Weil, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss and Ellesse, Design Center stocks a huge range of watches and a large range of certified diamonds. Gold and platinum jewelery can be bought here, and if you're an overseas visitor refunds are available on value added tax, making your visit even more profitable.
Carino Kidz Design sells clothes for those exclusive children, whether they be babies, infants or 16 year olds. If you are a tiny girl or boy, your first taste of designer fashion could be a silk christening outfit. Then progressing to both casual (Calvin Klein jeans) and smart wear for special occasions. It is situated just to the west of the city center, in the smart suburb of Edgbaston.
Whether you are a budding Picasso or Leonardo, or even if you just fancy a dabble, Everyman offers all the equipment you will need. It is a well-known and popular place to buy everything from a tube of paint to an easel, and it also offers craft kits to suit all levels of ability as well as some stationery products. The shop is located in the heart of the city center.
This intriguing shop is situated in fashionable Brindleyplace, and specializes in all things New Age. This means things like ethnic furnishings and sculptures, books on world religions and psychic matters, and you can even have your future foretold. There are recordings of New Age music and sound effects, and you can buy crystals and aromatherapy kits. You can also find out about alternative therapies of all kinds.
The spacious mall at the International Convention Centre leads from Centenary Square to the waterfront at Brindleyplace and is open throughout the day. It contains a cafe, plant shop, gallery and tourist information centre, with leaflets and information on local attractions. There is also a box office for booking local events, not just at the ICC and Symphony Hall, but at other venues too. The telephone number given is for the box office, which is generally open from 10a-8p weekdays, 10a-5p on Sa and 2p-5p on Su. These hours may be extended on concert/event days.
Even if you don't fancy tackling the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel just yet, Spectrum Fine Art can provide you with everything you need to create your own mini-masterpieces. Along with a range of paints, pastels and paper, the shop also supplies a selection of videos and books so you can develop your artistic streak further. The store is the leading stockist for such names as Windsor and Newton and is within easy walking distance of the city's Snow Hill station.
From gloves to fit long fingers to evening dresses for the very long legged lady; Long Tall Sally has a full range of casual and smart clothing. You don't have to be tall all over; you could be of average height but with a longer torso or arms. Schoolgirls to older ladies all shop here for advice and friendly service. Standard sizes range from 10 to 22, but you can also get advice on where to buy other difficult sizes. For the out-of-towner, there is catalog shopping available.