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The Parade Shopping Centre

About

Set in the heart of Shrewsbury, the Parade Shopping Centre provides a unique shopping experience. There are over 25 individual shops on two floors at the Grade II Georgian building, which is fronted by four imposing Doric columns.

The Parade was converted from the Royal Salop Infirmary, where Charles Darwin's father once practiced as a doctor, after it faced demolition in 1979 and was turned into shops and apartments, with stunning views over the River Severn and beyond.

Collectables

A huge range of quirky and curious collectables can be found in the selection of shops at The Parade. DCM Antiques sells books, documents, coins and medals; Period Houses in Miniature specialises in dolls houses and military model kits; Salop Stamps is the place to go for unusual and valuable stamps; Second Chapter Books has an impressive range of antiquarian and pre-loved books; Timespan sells collectors' toys and models and for the collectors of music on vinyl, Cave Records is the shop to head for with a great range of old and new stock.

Fashion

ZigZag is one of The Parade's largest stores and is proud of its colourful array of women's clothing, sourced from around the world. Kashmir & Silk exhibit their own designs of hand-tailored Ladies Jackets in silk and wool and Men’s wool waistcoats plus a range of luxurious scarves, Beadles has a huge selection of lovely handmade jewellery. For the bride-to-be Wedding World is one of the county's largest specialists. Long-established Parade store Martin David sells menswear, including tailored clothes, and wedding suits for the groom. There is even a hand-made shoe shop here - Elfin Shoes - one of very few in the country.

Good food

Shrewsbury's largest oriental food shop, Setonaikai, occupies a unit in the basement of The Parade and is an Aladdin's cave of specialist ingredients and tasty treats from Asia. A few units along in the arcade can be found The River View Cafe, which serves delicious homemade dishes and boasts a lovely patio with stunning views over River Severn.

Services

Bill Leighton is one of the county's leading photographers and has a studio on the ground floor of The Parade; Martin David offers formal dress hire and The Nimble Thimble can alter and repair any clothing or curtains. If you are in need of a therapeutic massage then head to MD Therapies for some pampering, Vogue Hair and Beauty where the trained stylists will make you feel special or the recently opened Meraki Hair & Beauty salon located on the lower floor. Splat n Splodge is Shrewsbury's only painting and pottery studio - an ideal place to get creative. Another new addition to The Parade is the Tortoise Shop where you can buy your very own baby tortoise!