Shopping as we know it has changed and with it a shift of customer expectations. No longer is it enough for stores just to be stores and sell their wares accordingly relying solely on standard retail practices to survive. Nowadays, the focus is on developing a real customer experience and where better to do so than in the exclusive continental style shopping quarter of Montpellier with its wealth of impressive facades, boutiques and eateries.
At the heart of Montpellier lies Montpellier Gardens, part of the original Montpellier spa and thus integral to the Regency heritage of the town. For a further cultural immersion in Montpellier, there’s St. Andrew’s church and you can also take a look inside the Park or Paragon Art Galleries along with West End Frames.
For those of us who love to shop, Montpellier hosts some of the finest independent fashion boutiques in Cheltenham such as Cousins, Pink Vintage, Dubarry of Ireland, James of Montpellier and my own personal favourite, the chic lingerie store Sandra Dee. In addition if you’re looking for a costume then Showcase Rental has thousands of quality outfits for all. Montpellier is also home to Bakers Jewellery, which specialises in the highest quality pieces of vintage, antique and modern jewellery.
And it’s not just all about fashion either as other retail outlets on Montpellier include the Spa pharmacy for all your essential needs. For the home there is the luxury furniture store And So To Bed and houseplant store, Folia planting. If this wasn’t enough then there’s L’una Design for the very best in kitchen design, Mandarin Stone for a wide range of porcelain, natural stone and decorative tiles and Rechercher for that quintessential touch of French interior décor. Regency Chandeliers is the place for beautifully handcrafted lights, Montpellier Interior Classics for the finest bathooms, Bang and Olufson for all your home entertainment needs and finally the Square Pillow Store for the lovely softer touches.
For your practical everyday needs, there is also the Miles Morgan Travel Agency and if you’re looking for somewhere to buy or rent in the area then you’re in luck with CGT Lettings and Morgan Associates being just a stone’s throw away. For overnight stays in Cheltenham, then you there is the majestic Malmaison hotel and for the smaller budget, Wyestone B and B.
After all that fabulous retail therapy you have the option of taking advantage of some therapy of a different kind in the form of indulgent hair and beauty services at Blushes Hair & Beauty Salon or enjoy an incredible medical pedicure at the award winning foot clinic, Margaret Dabbs. For the gentlemen, worry not, there’s the option of a short back and sides at The Barber Shop! The theme of relaxation continues with a range of wellbeing stores, which include Dezac and Neal’s Yard Remedies and Natural Skincare.
Last but by no means least- refreshments! After all that shopping and pampering, there are so many dining options on Montpellier. For the perfect pit stop coffee and lunch, there’s Pink Vintage, The Montpellier Café and the new dog café Archie’s, ideal if you’d like to bring your favourite four-legged friend along for the day too. Quite surprisingly quite a few of the shops on Montpellier are doggy friendly so it’s always worth a call ahead to find out if your best friends can come too.
If you enjoy a nice glass of fine wine or three with your lunch or dinner then there’s 131 Cheltenham, Flynn’s Brasserie, the restaurant at Malmaison and the Montpellier Wine Bar. Plus there are cocktails are aplenty at the Soho Bar and Door 4. A warm welcome awaits at Harry Cooks and the Rotunda public house and if you are looking for the best of Cheltenham curries then look no further than the Indian Voojan and Shezan restaurants. What else could you possibly want?
At Montpellier, shopping isn’t just any old shopping; it’s an experience in every respect. So what are you waiting for? On y va!