Come and celebrate on Wyle Cop - July 4th is Independents’ Day!

It’s been a few weeks since my last post on Love Shrewsbury, largely because it’s all go here at It’s a nomad life, and it is set to get busier on Wyle Cop this week!

The 4th July sees a national campaign celebrate Independent Retailers, in the aptly named Independents’ Day! The day, which is backed by Dragon’s Den star and retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, encourages shoppers to buy from their local shop keepers. The Day is being marked all over the country and Shrewsbury is no exception.

We are right behind the campaign at It’s a nomad life, where we sell antiques, collectables and gifts from around the world, and we are not the only ones! A group of traders on Wyle Cop have come together to celebrate the day. There will be refreshments, fun competitions and many shops will have sales and offers for visitors.

There is a lot of excitement from retailers on and around the historic hill, for Independents’ Day and beyond. Yes, that’s right; we have more events planned for the future (watch this space!). You don’t just have to take it from me though…

“We think it’s a fantastic way to start our joint initiative as there are so many unique and quirky businesses here,” said Stacey Hill of Oberon, which sells women’s clothing and accessories and is amongst Wyle Cop’s longest-established retailers.

“Wyle Cop is one of Shropshire’s most historic roads and provides a striking entrance into the town. We have always been proud of the thriving independent shops and businesses here and we thought it would be good to act as a unit and support each other in a cohesive, pro-active way.”

Jenny Goodman of Enjoy, which sells organic and ethical products, added that it was hoped this would be the start of a long-term campaign. “There has been a really positive response from a large number of the businesses on the Cop who are all keen to work together and give people even more reason to visit this beautiful shopping street in Shrewsbury”, said Jenny.

So, why not pop down to Wyle Cop on the 4th July? You can support your local retailers and possibly bag a bargain or win a prize.

We all hope to see you on the Cop on Thursday!


It’s a nomad life

Pictured are Wyle Cop traders, from left, Scott Sheffield, Stacey Hill, Lucy Hinds, Simon Cook, Nicola Dalton, Jeanette Sherry and Jenny Goodman.


Vicky Vicky

Vicky runs local antiques business It's a nomad life with her partner Sam Handbury-Madin. The shop, which moved from Wyle Cop to Green Lane in 2015, sells Tribal and Asian art and collectables from around the world. Vicky is a Shropshire lass, who moved back to Shrewsbury in 2008 after time spent in Italy, London and St. Andrews (where she studied archaeology and ancient history). She met her husband Sam on her return and they opened It's a nomad life in 2012, combining their love of travel and old things! Vicky also works as a Freelance Fundraising Consultant.

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