Following on from the best tea and coffee joints in the land, I’m continuing my hometown-lovefest with the most colourful shop on the South Coast, Flo and Stan’s.
Owned by Lorna and Del, and named after Lorna’s grandparents, Flo and Stan’s is a wonderful jumble of vintage treasures, kitsch homewares and contemporary gifts, all jostling for space on the hand painted shelves. The walls are covered with prints and vintage suitcases, which are used to store books and handmade toys lovingly stitched by local artist Lou (she made Daisy’s favourite doll from some of her newborn babygro’s, ahhhh), and there are even upcycled lampshades displayed on the ceiling.
Flo and Stan’s is the shop I always go to for, well, everything really. Whether I’m looking for stocking fillers for the kiddos at Christmas, something delightfully kitsch for our house, or a quirky gift for a friend, I know I’ll find it there. Sometimes I wander past and go in just to have a look, because it’s probably the cheeriest shop I know; bright colours, lovely things and a warm welcome every time.
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to live in Southsea, you can still visit Flo and Stan’s – because they have an online shop, hurrah! If you want to find out more about our lovely city, check out the superb Strong Island website.