[Gifted] It’s been a while since I was able to attend one of the events at my local shopping centre in Peterborough, Queensgate – the past few months have been busy and the last events have clashed with my calendar, but on the invite to attend a breakfast to celebrate shopping with Independent retailers at Queensgate of course I said yes, with an added bonus of a voucher to go shopping with afterwards and get aquatinted with some of the retailers.
Westgate Arcade adjoined to Queensgate has been given a celebratory splash of colour with a bike at the top of the arcade filled with faux flowers leading down to the Archway which had been given a flower wall makeover ready for a competition (more on that in a second, locals!) and the shop fronts had been adorned with flowers hanging from above. The arcade has seen a big freshen up over the past few years and it feels more fresh, modern and inviting than I can remember as a child.
First off, if you’re local to Peteborough through the month of July there are two prizes available to win a £400 bundle! Find the flower wall at the top of the arcade or take a snap whilst shopping and post to Instagram with the #discoverwestgate to be in with the chance to win!
After I had meet and greeted with faces old and new I began exploring a few of the shops with old Q Blogger chums Lucy and Laura. We spent a good hour or so exploring a few stores in quite a lot of detail as we got familiar with the stores in the arcade.
Soul Happy is a newer addition to Westgate, and embraces sustainable living, well being, vegan lifestyle and workshops. There is so much that happens here, with a space upstairs for running different classes and workshops (we got invited to go and have a peek at a drum circle happening upstairs), whilst the downstairs we had a lovely chat with Jessica who spoke to us about the store and ethos and showed us the wares which are handmade and sourced by locals.
I need to pop back at some point and pick up some of their microfibre cloths as shown above, but it was interesting having a look at their teas and work by local craft makers and artists. The store was cosy and had a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, I know people who want to visit stores like this but find them intimidating if it’s new lifestyle choices that they’re not sure where to start with – however Soul Happy was anything but that and we was made to feel thoroughly welcome!
We spent a lot of time in the Style Boutique, we were all like moths to the flame with the heavy dose of sparkle covering the shop, almost from ceiling to floor. Style is a shop I have visited a few times before, but not in a good few years and not since it’s been in it’s newer unit at the top of Westgate, now I’ve carried myself over the stores threshold, I might not be able to keep myself out of it!
The shop window of Style is very inviting, with a lovely Trollbeads display right at the front, next to the very glitzy and loud Butler and Wilson. There are other brands featured in smaller areas along the window, but also many of the incredibly detailed Vendula handbags (which I thought I took photos of, but I didn’t!).
There were beautiful pieces at a range of price points around the shop and you’d easily be able to find something special at any price point. From Brooches to earrings and even a giant flamingo necklace, there was something for every style and budget.
A few years ago my sister and I were shopping and spotted a necklace we both loved in Swarovski, a simple but eye-catching pendant that could be worn every day, my sister ended up being gifted it by her now husband for Christmas, but she’s pretty much wearing it (and rubbing it in my face!) every time I see her, and I’ve wanted something similar since.
I laid my eyes on a piece in the window from brand Fervor Montreal, it had the same triangular shape that my sisters had but was smaller and a little more detailed, similar and a fitting tribute to the geometric necklace I’d also loved. I asked to take a closer peek and once the assistant informed me that it was sterling silver and made with Swarovski elements, it was made to be.
I tried it on and it was the perfect length for me and it had an adjustable chain being able to tighten or loosen the chain to different lengths, immediately I knew that this was what I’d been waiting to jump out at me whilst I’ve been low-key looking, and I took it there and then and put my voucher to use. At £49, I thought it was a good price and looked more expensive than what it was – I think I’ll be back here in future when shopping for presents as I saw a few things that I know would have caught my Mum’s eye too.
Thank you Queensgate for inviting me to celebrate the Independent retailer month and I hope you enjoyed a look at two of the favourite stores I popped into! Don’t forget if you’re a Peterborough resident, to enter that competition, the chances are normally really good!
Voucher gifted in exchange for social coverage to spend in Queensgate as desired, I was not required to make this blog post.