Since all the internal work on the flat has finished I've been taking the time to explore some of the places around my 'new' area. A couple of months ago I took a drive to Sidcup just to see what it had to offer and to my delight I discovered Indian Rose. I've been back a few times since and, having run out of incense sticks, I popped in again last Saturday.
I have to admit there was an ulterior motive as I knew that at Indian Rose the last Saturday of the month is Prosecco Saturday, where you can sip while you shop. It's a fabulous way to entice customers in to the store and keep them there. If only more stores introduced such a lovely way to shop!
The brainchild of business partners Jane Elsden and Veronica Kelly, Indian Rose started life as a small pop-up in Bexley but due to its success the pair decided to take on a permanent home. It's a real family affair too, with Jane's daughter Olivia also working in the store.
As it approaches its second anniversary in September at the current location in Sidcup this pretty boutique has proved a huge hit with locals and visitors alike.
A treasure trove of bohemia, Indian Rose stocks an eclectic range of gifts, clothes and home accessories. Upon entering it feels as though you're instantly transported to warmer climes; it's like being in Goa, Marrakech and Ibiza all at the same time!
Indeed, as I chatted to Olivia over my glass of fizz she told me that India and Morocco are big influences and are regular stops on buying trips. However, as the name suggests, there is also a lot of Englishness mixed in with the exotic - vintage jewellery and items of Victoriana sit happily next to Buddahs and incense burners. It's a diverse range that somehow works.
It's a very girlie store but there is the odd chap who comes in, although Jane says this is usually at the behest of a wife or girlfriend who has a specific purchase in mind! There are some very cute gifts for children too, if you're after something a little different then it's worth a visit.
"Filled to the brim with things that will make your heart sing."
Everything at Indian Rose is displayed beautifully, for visual magpies like me it is a real feast for the eyes. Naturally this pink sari notebook stood out among all the other sparkly items! It is simply bursting with goodies, literally from floor to ceiling; every inch of this boutique store has been filled to the brim with things that will make your heart sing.
This is the kind of store that goes against my entire aesthetic of simple, clean and uncluttered but as a closet Bohemian and an Indian ephemera junkie I love it. It's just so darn pretty! So far I've limited myself to just buying incense and a few gifts for friends but I know that with every visit there'll be something else that I just have to have. Like this chap, right. I think I'll call him Bob.
If you're in the area and looking for a gift or a treat for yourself you won't fail to find it at Indian Rose. If you do, you're doing it wrong.
Indian Rose will be launching their new website, indianrosegifts.co.uk in the next few weeks.
The store is located at 73 Sidcup High Street, DA14 6DW. For more information email Jane or Veronica at email@example.com
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, I just love the shop so much I had to tell you about it!