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Discover the best independent shops in Greater Manchester and explore their online stores.

Browse the latest stock sourced by trusted local independents and discover fresh boutiques that could soon become your new favourites.

When we choose to buy from local indie shops we directly support the creative and unique community of small retailers trading in our city.

Thank you for shopping small and supporting local business, enjoy your virtual wander around Greater Manchester’s indie shops!

The best indie shops in Greater Manchester – all in one place.

Manchester – a city of shops

Cliches are cliches for a reason and the idea that Manchester has a productive and creative attitude may be a cliche but it’s born out of a history of dynamic entrepreneurialism and unorthodox thinking.

As Manchester grew at a bewildering rate during the Industrial Revolution, so did its retail sector. The growing wealth of Manchester’s new middle class and a Victorian society that became more consumer focussed ensured that Manchester’s streets were soon lined with a huge variety of shops.

Marks & Spencer opened their first Penny Bazaar store in Manchester and their first HQ was here too. Manchester became home to not only grand department stores like Kendals, Milne & Faulkner, Lewis’s, Affleck & Brown and Pauldens but a dizzying array of small independent retailers.

Vinyl Exchange, Oldham St, Northern Quarter. Est 1988

Into the 20th Century, whilst Manchester’s fortunes ebbed and flowed so did its shopping experience. The coming of the Arndale Centre gave home to large ‘high street’ retailers whilst small independents thrived in places like the Corn Exchange, the Royal Exchange and, of course, Afflecks Palace.

Nola Boutique, Spring Summer Collection 2021

Fast forward to the 21st Century and the city, and retail, has changed again.

Investment in the Northern Quarter, the growth of buzzing markets and local high streets in the south of the city and, of course, the internet have allowed Mancunians to show their creative talent once again and ply their trade to a world wide audience.

Brothers & Sisters celebrates not only the products and wares the people of Manchester have to offer but also the spirit of the city itself.

66% of shoppers are more likely to shop locally than a year ago

Retail Times, Oct 2020

Undyed organic denim design by NEMCEE

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What are Greater Manchester shoppers saying?

Anon

I’m not a shopaholic, I’m helping the economy.”

Emmeline Pankhurst

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”