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Spotlight: Penhaligon

Penhaligon’s 147 year heritage is at the heart of everything they do, creating innovative fragrances that tell a story, taking inspiration from the unexpected and their precious archives. Penhaligon’s is the story of a Barber, William Penhaligon, who travelled to London and opened up shop next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors. Who received the royal warrant and trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard at a time when one’s toilette was of primordial concern and to be a gentleman was an affair of great application. True to William’s founding principles, they continue to create products of the highest quality imbued with the elegance of their impressive heritage. They continue to deliver their story with integrity, personality and sophistication. William Penhaligon, arrived in the vibrant capital city in the 1860’s to seek his fortune. Victoria was Queen, antiseptic was making its first appearance – and ankles were considered titillating stuff. Wildly creative and ambitious, William was inspired by the Scent of neighbouring Turkish Baths on Jermyn Street, creative his first fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, in 1874. Showing his flair for business, William opened his own shop in 1874 selling perfumes and other fragranced delights. Penhaligon’s today is still produces in the UK, in the original bottle design. Visiting the shop on the corner of George Street and Hanover Street is a delight and treat for the senses. You are greeted like a true...

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Spotlight: Pride of Scots

Pride of Scots is not just a souvenir shop, although they do send plenty of those. They are a retailer of gifts and clothes, as well as souvenirs trading in London, Scotland, York and Liverpool. What started as a London shop quickly grew and on their second anniversary, the company opened a retail shop in Liverpool as well. Not long after came York and of course, the Edinburgh shop located at the west end of Princes Street. Pride of Scot has what all visitors to Scotland are looking to buy as souvenirs and to gift to their loved ones...

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Spotlight Business – Starbucks

Starbucks first came on the scene in the UK back in 1998 but it seems like there have never been a time without them. We all know that Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees but that’s not all there is to it, right? These days you can get a decent cup of coffee almost anywhere, so why do we love Starbucks so much?

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Spotlight: Taco Mazama

Taco Mazama is Scotland’s original chain of Mexican street food. Independently owned and free-spirited, Taco Mazama believes in delivering fresh and tasty Mexican street food to the hungry public. Starting with one branch in Glasgow City Centre, they now have three permanent branches in the city and three in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Their promise is to provide quality, delicious and healthy grub time and time again. The Edinburgh City centre branch is located at 95/96A Princes Street. It’s a bright, lower level restaurant/take away with indoor and outdoor seating. They serve all the Taco Mazama hits including vegan,...

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Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie started life back in 1926 when Belgian born Madam Valerie opened her cafe in London’s Soho. Though the business has grown substantially since its birth Patisserie Valerie has managed to retain its continental feel and flare. The branch on Edinburgh’s Rose Street offers a bustling slice of Parisian cafe culture in the heart of Scotlands capital.   Patisserie Valerie prides itself on creating the best quality handcrafted cakes and patisserie using fresh ingredients and traditional baking methods resulting in award-winning croissants and viennoiserie. Alongside the indulgent offerings, they also serve continental breakfasts and lunches. To complement their culinary...

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