WITH Christmas drawing closer, and Wales out of its firebreak lockdown, many of us are starting to think about Christmas shopping.

There are a diverse range of independent, or small businesses, throughout Newport city centre which need support now more than ever.

So, why not support local businesses this festive season? Here is just a selection of some of what Newport has to offer.

Tina's Gift Shop

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Tina Louise opened her very own gift shop in Kingsway shopping centre just a few days ago on Monday, November 9, following 16 years of running a temporary stall based there.

The shop, which will be based there until Christmas Eve, has various gifts on offer which can be personalised while you wait - as it's all done in store people with less common names can still have their gifts customised.

Shoppers can expect clothes, teddies, stockings, candles, balloons and more - with a wedding showroom also on display at the newly launched venture.

Owner, Tina Louise, said: "Shopping locally helps small businesses stay afloat. I have lots of loyal customers in Newport and I appreciate it."

Heart Of The Home

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Owned by Lesley Skiffington, who formerly worked at Newport's legendary Wildings department store, this shop opened its doors in Newport Arcade in January 2019.

It offers a variety of cookware and gifts with a 'steady supply' of new stock being sold throughout the year.

Ms Skiffington said: "More people should shop locally and support small businesses; we have many unusual items on offer and are happy to help customers however possible.

"It's also safe to shop here - we have markings on the floor for social distancing and sanitizer available for customers."

Freestyle Skatestore

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Also based in Newport Arcade, Freestyle Skatestore is a city centre fixture, having first opened its doors in 1995, and specialises in custom made skateboards and a range of skateboarding products, including clothes and merchandise.

Owner Darran 'Grim' Ward said: "Supporting local doesn’t buy some mega corp’s boss a new Jag, it helps me pay for my daughter's ballet lessons, and that money gets put back into our community.

"Keep our town alive - be part of the solution, not the problem.

"And a big thank you to all of our customers - you're the best; without you we would literally be nothing."

Freestyle Skatestore is currently closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.

Xclusive Jewellers

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A well-established shop, Xclusive Jewellers has been part of Newport for 30 years - but last year marked a new dawn for the business, when it moved from Newport Market to the High Street.

The shop has been decked out with coronavirus safety in mind; there are fitted screens and a reception area.

The shop offers jewellery, including designer silver and watches with Renata Swiss batteries, along with gold and silver, all guaranteed. They can also carry out repairs on jewellery - perfect if you want to fix something sentimental for your loved ones this year.

Hetty's Baby Boutique

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Formerly based in Newport Arcade, this store is now based on Commercial Street and specialises in Spanish and boutique clothes for little ones ages 0-3.

It's owned by Charlotte Young who said: “It’s important to support high street and Newport has plenty of independent companies compared to some city centres, offering a variety of products”

Bubble Bath & Bodyworks

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This beauty supply store, based on Commercial Street, has a Christmas range on sale now.

Bubble Bath & Bodyworks offers handmade soaps, bath bombs, and other beauty products which are cruelty-free, vegan and avoid single-use plastics.

Shop-owner, Teg Crathern, said: "We have been getting our Christmas range ready and have a full range of perfumes and aftershaves.

"We are also stocking copycat make-up, inspired by Mac, Urban Decay, Huda Beauty and many more big brands."

Belle Femme

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Owner of Belle Femme Tracey Stokes

Based on Llanarth Street, this boutique sells elegant ladies' clothes and accessories, plus - during the festive season - Christmas decorations.

The shop, which was formerly based on Commercial Street, has new products coming in frequently, so why not pop in?

  • Where will you be doing your Christmas shopping this year? Let us know on newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk