Shopping and Coffee – what’s not to like!

Two fabulous independent shops in Axminster joined forces to share a space in 2017.  Since writing this post Little Bits of Lovely has moved to new premises and the West Country Higgler coffee shop has expanded. It’s great to see both these businesses doing well in Axminster.


The Courthouse Makers

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 in Axminster.  Originally called Little Bits of Lovely, owner Pippa has new premises and a new name, The Courthouse Makers. Here quality crafts for presents and are easy to find.

Little Bits of Lovely Axminster
Little Bits of Lovely keyrings

You can find the Courthouse Makers on Church Street in a little courtyard that was once the Police Station. It is next door to the Arts cafe. 

Enjoy Browsing

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

So many lovely things everywhere you turn – gorgeous jewellery including 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

For a great cup of coffee and homemade cakes visit  The West Country Higgler coffee shop on South Street.

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 owner Laurence.

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.

You can also order coffee and tea from their online shop The West Country Higgler.  Just in case you were wondering about the name, a higgler is “a person who travels around selling small items”.

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
The West Country Higgler Axminster

Directions to The West Country Higgler

The coffee 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).

Thursday is a great day to visit the town as there is a market in the square and Axminster Country Market also on South Street in the Masonic Hall.

LIttle Bits of Lovely and The West Country Higgler

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).

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