Shopping and Coffee – what’s not to like!

As my family and friends get older with me, it seems harder every year to find presents for them – most people have what they need and the high street gift offerings have become so homogenised it’s depressing.

So how great to find local crafts thriving here – they make great presents and are easy to find at Little Bits of Lovely in Axminster. To make it even better, after having had a good look round, I didn’t even need to step outside for a great cup of coffee thanks to Laurence who owns The West Country Higgler’s coffee shop under the same roof.

Little Bits of Lovely Axminster
Little Bits of Lovely keyrings

Little Bits of Lovely by name….

I felt a bit like a magpie looking around Pippa’s shop.

So many lovely things everywhere you turn – gorgeous jewellery including upcycled silver spoons which make amazing bracelets and key-rings; delicate earrings; ceramics with a trademark turquoise that I recognised as Damson Tree Pottery. Wonderful mirrors, stained glass, cards and lots more in a relatively small space. Pippa has a great eye for what people will like, with a back ground in fine art she clearly knows what’s what.

Little Bits of Lovely necklaces

The West Country Higgler and Little Bits of Lovely share a great space in Axminster

West Country Higgler

This coffee shop is dog friendly (after 10am) which is great news and now open on Sundays from 10am -4pm.

Being an entrepreneur is something many people aspire to be. Having the nerve to step away from the security of working in large hotels and the wine industry at a young age was clearly just the beginning for Laurence who owns The West Country Higgler.

Starting off with a  Land Rover converted to serve proper coffee (which is still going strong at events and markets) Laurence had already spotted the expanding need for coffee in our modern lives. Like a drip Britons apparently spent nearly £8bn on coffee last year!  I’m not sure what percentage of that reached Axmintser but The West Country Higgler is a great place to get your fix (or tea and cake if you prefer). With coffee roasted locally in Budleigh Salterton and cakes made by his mum it’s got my seal of approval.

The West Country Higgler coffe shop Axminster

Browsing in local shops followed by a cup of coffee and a cake – what more could a girl want!

Bits of Lovely Axminster

West Country Higgler & Little Bits of Lovely

The West Country Higgler Axminster

Directions to The West Country Higgler and Little Bits of Lovely

The shared shop is on South Street in Axminster opposite the Co-op. Postcode EX13 5AD.  If you are lucky there might be a free parking space on the street (one hour limit), otherwise there is a carpark about 100m away on the left (turn just after Cinnamons Indian Takeaway).

If you are new to the town Thursday is a great day to visit for the market in the square and Axminster Country Market also on South Street in the Masonic Hall.

Over the winter there is reduced rate parking n East Devon so you can enjoy your coffee and shopping at your leisure!

LIttle Bits of Lovely and The West Country Higgler

If you want to learn a bit more about the lovely East Devon town of Axminster why not try out the Heritage Trail and visit the new Heritage Centre (check opening hours as this is seasonal).  Take a look at my other post (click here) where even my mum learnt new things about Axminster when we walked around.

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