5 of our Favourite Independent Shops (Church Street Edition)

Posted: 20th November 2023

Our blog post of our favourite independent shops on Falmouth High Street was so popular, we’ve written a second one focusing exclusively on Church Street – the home of Heather & Lay. So, without further ado, here are some of our favourites to explore on our lunch break, perfect for the upcoming gifting season.



The Bosun’s Locker


Established since 1946, The Bosun’s Locker is officially the oldest yacht chandlery in the UK. Renowned for their diverse stock of chandlery, The Bosun’s Locker pride themselves on being able to source any item. If they don’t have it, they say they’ll get it and if they can’t get it, they will have it made. They have over 70 suppliers from the UK and across the seven seas, so they are confident that they will find it. With everything from blocks, rope, rigging, navigation tools and boat building material, to GPS systems, plotters, radio-communications equipment, gas, paraffin and waterproof clothing, Bosun’s is your one stop shop for all your boating needs. You’ll also find shoes, boots, charts, books, binoculars, nauticalia, traditional boatbuilding materials, brassware and nautical gifts galore. Their clothing ranges include Patagonia, Rab, Holbrook, Fjallraven, Yeti, Mountain Equipment and Mousqueton. An experienced team at the helm, their knowledge of boating, sail and motor is second to none and they offer an abundance of help and expertise.



Falmouth Bookseller


Falmouth Bookseller is simply iconic. In a time where bookshops are struggling and so many people are buying online, we are proud to support our local independent book shop. Just a few doors down from Heather & Lay, here you’ll find a selection of books, from art books and creative inspiration to modern fiction, children’s books and ideas for interiors. From new releases to old classics, this beautiful bookshop is a highlight of visiting Falmouth. We only wish they would put a table and chairs outside to enjoy your new book watching the world go by. What we need is a Falmouth Bookseller Barista!



The Oyster Catcher


This new shop opposite Heather & Lay has quickly become a firm favourite for us. A combination of gorgeous gifts and homewares, here you’re find everything from handmade Cornish jewellery and art to lamps, throws and pretty coffee table books. It’s got the most calming feel and we are always inspired for home décor ideas. After all, home is what Heather & Lay are all about. Technically, shopping here is “work” right? Well worth a visit, this boutique has the most wonderful silk kimonos, cushions, cards and ceramics. A treasure trove for late night shopping and exquisite gifting.





Little Nelly


It’s hard to find beautiful children’s clothes which is why it’s wonderful to have a boutique dedicated to this on Church Street. The quaint and cosy Little Nelly has a combination of clothes aimed at newborns and tots, right up to older children. With brands such as Frugi and Kite, there is a colourful selection of seasonal clothing and beautiful keepsakes and handcrafted wooden toys. Run by the friendly Katy, you’re always greeted with a smile and a genuine love for children (helpful if you have them with you). It’s our go to place for a new baby gift.





We couldn’t feature the best independent boutiques on Church Street without a shout out to our neighbours. Seasalt is an iconic Cornish brand and one of the most successful retailers (if not the most successful) to originate from Cornwall. With shops all around the country, Seasalt has become a household name and it’s a firm favourite with Team Heather & Lay. From bright prints and beautiful fabrics to quirky accessories, Seasalt always add a pop of colour to the scene. The best bit? They are right next door – making us perfectly positioned for a bit of après-work shopping.



Which are your favourite shops? Where do you go in Falmouth for gifts and beautiful items for your home or wardrobe? We would love to know. See you in Church Street and if you’re popping by, come in and say hello, we love to welcome our customers into the office.

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