News Archives - Local Shopping in Smith Street, Warwick | Party 2014

Party on Smith Street, 28 July at 10:00–20:00

This unique event celebrates the independent businesses on Smith Street. Come and see what individual delights the shops have to offer from bespoke clothing, unusual gift ideas, hair & beauty treatments and a variety of food options. Smith Street is a delightful area to explore and whether you’re new to Warwick or not, the Party will be sure to give you a reason to return. In addition to the shops providing a warm welcome to visitors, there will be street entertainers, live music, craft stalls, street food, face painting and balloon modelling

Come and enjoy Warwick on a day that is full of activity with the Folk Festival in town on the same weekend.

Find out more on our Facebook page.

By Paul Evans | Categories News, Whats On!

Annual Smith Street Party

Smith Street history

On Saturday 28 July, the annual Smith Street Party will be returning.

The current businesses on Smith Street range in longevity from 52 years to one week which includes longest serving businesses Piccolino’s restaurant ,at 36 years, Warwick Vac at 33 years and Duncan M and V Allsop Antiquarian Bookseller at 52 years.

The newest additions include Green and Wild, Peeli and Happy Puccia. The street is also home to a number of historic buildings. The Roebuck Inn at the eastern end of Smith Street, dates back to 1470 and is said to Warwick’s oldest public house. Robbie’s Restaurant is also an early 15th century Grade II listed building.

To keep up to date with the news and events in Smith Street search for Instagram and Twitter.

The Smith Street Traders Association look forwarding to welcoming you on Saturday 28th July 2018

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On Street Parking

On November 1st 2014 the on street parking enforcement was taken over by a private contractor.

Warwickshire County Council put offers for tender by private parking contractors. A company called NSL won the bid process and now are the county’s parking enforcement operator.

Currently there are 30 civil enforcement officers for Warwickshire. Under the arrangements we will not see a traffic warden presence like we are used to. It appears that NSL will operate a “Out of car – drop on enforcement” style.

This means that a car or van will turn up with enforcement (traffic wardens) officers inside, get out, check tickets, issue a penalty notice and then leave by car to the next street or town.

Previous arrangements by Warwick District Council had the wardens patrolling, which acted as deterrent and as a reminder to get a ticket because they were out and about. Now members of the public may be lulled into a false sense of security because they won’t be seeing the wardens until its too late.

Our advice is to always buy a parking ticket, its just not worth the risk. We suspect that NSL will want to maximise their income from enforcement notices and we are unsure about their process if you should wish to appeal against a fine. Use the link above to find out more about appeals process.

It a appears that NSL have a bit of form:

However I suspect that NSL have resolved any problems that have shown up on any Google searches freely available to anyone.


When the contract was taken over their were 25 ticket machines not working. This was across the county not just Warwick.

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Ostrich Pink Official Opening

Ostrich Pink opens its doors




Ostrich Pink Welcomes you.

This week, the new Mayor of Warwick  performs one of her first official duties when she cuts the ribbon of a new business that has recently opened on Smith Street.
The new business; Ostrich Pink, offers quality fashion clothing, shoes and handbags for the discerning ladies.

Katie, the owner of the boutique fashion store, would like to extend an invitation for the grand opening on Friday 30th May 2014.
Fizz will be available from 15:00 onwards.

For further details contact Ostrich Pink:
39 Smith Street, Warwick CV34 4JA

01926 407835



ostrich interior photo Ostrich Interior 2 photo





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Aspire Style – National Award Winner

Aspire Style wins best multiple gift retailer national award



Last week Aspire Style were thrilled to be presented with the national award for best multiple gift retailer at The Greats.  The Greats Awards, now in their 12th year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers

It was amazing to win the award as there were some well known retailers that reached the finals and the standard was really high.  Winning the award was a real thrill and a very special honor.

The winners of this year’s prestigious gift retailing awards were revealed at an awards lunch at the glamorous Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday May 8.

Aspire Style also reached the finals for Best Retail Display and Catherine, the Oxford store manager, reached the finals for Retail Employee of the Year.

To see a selection of what Aspire have to offer then please visit Aspire Style

Aspire style team

Aspire Style win award

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Bread & Co Special Event

th April from 11.30 am at Bread & Co, Warwick, CV34 4HU

Warwick’s famous Smith Street is where you’ll be able to find the ‘Tea of the Trail’ and ‘Cake of the Trail’ from ‘Tea Trail No 1: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire’ Elizabeth Dacy Jones’s latest offering – a poetic guidebook series that reverses the normal order of trip planning and suggests ensuring ‘tea and restore’ points are taken care of before deciding what to see. Golden Monkey Tea Company’s ‘Shakespeare Blend’ is the ‘Tea of the Trail’ and Bread & Co’s Lemon Drizzle Cake is ‘The Cake of the Trail’.

The ‘Tea and Cake Ceremony’ to present awards is a ‘Jenny Lee Tea’ [raising money to fund local grass roots projects – brainchild of Joanna Bruce MBE, niece of Jennifer Worth, writer of the Call the Midwife trilogy] on Monday 28th April from 11.30 to 12.30 at Bread & Co.
All welcome – it’s a ‘Golden Coin’ event (you donate whatever you like) with free tea of the trail, biscuits and tasters of the Lemon Drizzle Cake and poetic tasters from the book by Elizabeth and ‘Mr Darcy’ (Editor and contributor Chris Barltrop). A grant from The Jenny Lee Teas Project Fund made publication of this first ‘Tea Trail’ possible.

Guest of honour – Mrs Tibbs the tabby cat. Cat of at least 2 lives who was presumed dead when book went to print and reappeared so she could get in on the action. Immortalised in Bread & Co’s poem in the book, ‘Boiled Egg and Soldiers Please’ and described as seducing angels – but clearly didn’t enjoy their company as much as humans…


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Award nomination for Aspire Style

It’s official! Aspire Style is one of the best gift retailers in the UK.

Aspire Style has been selected as a finalist in The Greats gift retailer awards. Aspire Style awards
The Greats Awards, now in their 12th year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum.

Aspire Style is a vintage inspired clothing, accessories and gift retailer, offering a variety of fashionable brands including Emily and Fin, Closet Clothing, Little Mistress, Yumi and more. Not to mention their array of beautifully sourced jewellery and quirky gifts for all occasions.
The Aspire Style boutique in Warwick’s Smith Street is a firm favourite amongst local shoppers looking for something a little bit different to the customary finds on the High Street.

The winners of this year’s prestigious gift retailing awards – The Greats 2014 – will be revealed at an Awards lunch at the glamorous Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday May 8.
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Fancy being an Aspire Style model?

Fancy being an Aspire Style model?


Model searchWe are on the hunt for someone to star in our next photoshoot. Not only will you get the chance to model for Aspire Style but you’ll also win a fabulous vintage makeover from Le Keux Events plus a dress of your choice from Aspire Style.

To enter please submit a full length photo and a head and shoulders photo to

We will shortlist 5 entrants and post their photos on our Facebook page on Friday 7th March – the winner will be the model with the most likes!

Don’t worry if you have never modeled before! Our photoshoots are all about having fun and we’re on the hunt for someone that really loves our style.

Entrants – you must be available all day on the 3rd April for the makeover and photoshoot and be able to get to LeKeux salon at the Custard Factory in Birmingham city centre. Models must be 18 or older and UK dress size 8 – 14.


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Aspire Style Valentines Sale

Those lovely folk are feeling the love at Aspire Style.Aspire Style Yumi
They’re doing a one day flash sale for Valentine’s Day with 20% off everything!
To get the discount you just need to quote discount code LOVE in store or use online.
20% offer valid for 14th February only!


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