Liverpool is a feisty city, to say the least. This is a town that does things its own way, and this is perfectly displayed in the various independent stores seen on the streets. Some things shouldn’t work but persistence is king in Liverpool, and a proud roster of family-run businesses have made all sorts of success in this most passionate of cities. Book shops, whiskey stores, clothing and the rest, these are some of the best independent stores in Liverpool.
A veritable institution on Bold Street, News From Nowhere is everyone’s favourite independent book shop in the centre of town. This place is as forward thinking as it gets, a workers co-operative that has been at the forefront of the good fight since opening its doors ways back in 1974. Radical literature is the main focus, but the basement cafe continues the fight through excellent tea and coffee.
The clue is in the name. We’re fans of booze, we’re not about to deny that, and there are few better places in Liverpool to visit if you’re looking to stock up that home bar. Whisky Business is a spirits and beer emporium in the city centre with stocked shelves and knowledgeable staff, a great combination no matter the game. They also host tasting evenings fairly frequently, so look out for those.
The vintage game may have been taken over by blokes with questionable moustaches and an ironic interest in the useless, but 69A continues to fight the good fight over on Renshaw Street. A Liverpool institution since opening back in 1974, this is place to visit if you’re in search of second hand anything, from antiques to clothes via everything in between.
The Nest is a delightful little gift shop selling contemporary art from around the city, but there is plenty more to the place. The shop opened in 2018 and has been embraced by all and sundry since, a mass of customers who flock (yes, that’s a bird pun) to check out the adorable designs and pick up a once in a lifetime gift or souvenir.
With books from floor to ceiling, of course we’re going to be excited about Kernaghan Books. A champion location in The Bluecoat certainly helps, and we’ve been guilty of spending an hour or two perusing the walls at this magical house of literature. Don’t forget to buy something, obviously.
Liverpool is a musical city, and few shops story this proud history as authentically as Probe Records. First opened in 1971, this independent record store has been championing the purest form of pop music since the good old days, a number of Liverpool music icons have worked in the shop, although the focus has always been on the records themselves. Probe has functioned out of a number of locations, with The Bluecoat home at the time of writing.