It was wonderful to see another small independent business open yesterday in Peterborough’s Westgate Arcade, so I popped in to see what they had to offer our lovely Peterborough residents.Elsie & Me is the proud boutique of Helen & Amber Hardy. A mother and daughter duo, Helen has named the shop after her Nan, Elsie, whose name has come down through the generations as it is also her mother’s and daughter’s middle name. I also asked Helen why a clothes shop? Her response was very similar to a lot of ladies in Peterborough finding it hard to find good quality clothing from a range of designers now that we no longer have John Lewis as an option. She is tired of having to travel outside the area and has created a lovely shop for us full of beautiful clothing along with a few items for the home too. So let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

Helen & Amber have carefully selected reputable brands for their fashion shop, but it’s not expensive to get good quality clothing – you’ll find some of the brands reasonably priced offering value for money and longevity like their dresses starting at around £35, as well as the higher end where you’ll be spending £119.  Brands like Religion, Clothing, Co’Couture, Soya Concept, Grace & Mila, Saint Tropex are all available. You’ll find classic lines but also some lovely fresh & fashionable like long floating summer dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, full-length jumpers and of course jumpsuits. They are not just aiming at one demographic but a mix. On top of the classic muted greys, creams and blues the shop is currently displaying some lovely bright spring coloured clothing for women like bright yellow, meadow blues & green, so if you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe you definitely need to come and try here, now it’s open.

They’re passionate about the planet so you’ll find a lot of items created from sustainable products like Lyocell. They have also decided to only buy recycled packaging. However, you’ll also find a large range of accessories and home items… jewellery created with sustainable resin sourced from leftover glass, natural oil candles, vegan jeans (no you can’t eat them!), some gorgeous teacups and saucers designed with a modern twist, vases & votices, cushions & throws, candles & diffusers, and bags.

They will be open 7 days a week: Monday to Saturday 9.30-5.30pm and Sunday 11-4pm What are you waiting for? Go and see them.

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You’ll also find them on social media: Facebook and Instagram for their latest lines and offers @elsieandmecontainer

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