Head to the city's artisan quarter
This lively community of independent boutiques, shops and businesses are renowned for their colourful and welcoming atmosphere which makes for a great festive shopping experience.
Amongst the array of design, crafts and curio shops there is also one of Bath's favourite pubs and venues in the form of The Bell Inn, as well as some fantastic eateries, ensuring Walcot Street is always a hub of activity.
Quality kitchen makeovers
Dream Doors is the UK's number one brand in kitchen facelifts, and Bath and Somerset is lucky enough to have a franchise right here in Walcot Street.
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So why not transform your dreary old fashioned kitchen into something fresh, attractive and contemporary.
Swapping the doors and drawers gives your kitchen an immediate, good-as-new facelift at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen and at Dream Doors you can pick any colour and style and have them made to measure, especially for you.
There's also the distinct advantage that the job is completed in a short time with minimal disruption, avoiding weeks of upheaval refitting the whole kitchen. For more information contact Ivor McKeown on 01225 484501 or visit www.dreamdoorsltd.co.uk.
Furniture, electrical goods, carpets and soft furnishings
With showrooms covering almost 50,000 square feet over seven floors, TR Hayes, of London Street, is Bath's largest furniture store, trading since 1915. The family-owned and run business offers a vast selection of modern and classic furniture from leading brands such as Ekornes, Ercol, Duresta, G Plan, Willis & Gambier, Vi-Spring to name but a few. They offer dining and living ranges, beds and bedroom ranges, home office, sofas and sofa-beds, electrical, curtains and blinds, and flooring and carpets.
The store now has a customer car park and employs 50 staff. Although the core business is in Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire, the store also offers nationwide delivery.
Even in a global recession, the business continues to grow and the building opposite which previously housed the carpet department, is being re-developed and will be a modern furniture studio due to open next month.
All your printing needs in one place
Minuteman Press offers a full printing and design service, providing everything from colour or black and white copies up to large print runs of full colour brochures. Christmas cards and promotional posters can also be printed. The business recently won the 2012 Small Business of the Year award at Bath Business Awards and managing director David Ghent said: "A big thank you to all our customers who helped us win this award and have loyally supported us over the 14 years we've been trading."
Over the years Minuteman Press has invested in the latest equipment which means they consistently produce top quality printing in very short timescales, invariably only 24 hours for most digital jobs.
The company has extensive in-house facilities for traditional litho and digital printing, poster and banner printing as well as a comprehensive finishing department for booklet making, folding, laminating, binding etc.
To find out more about them ring 01225 442000 or visit www.minutemanbath.co.uk.
Digital marketing and bespoke websites
Since opening their Walcot Street shop in the summer, Love Your Site has built numerous new websites for local businesses. These include an ecommerce site for fellow Walcot Street trader Zeitgeist, a lovely brochure site for Queen Square-based solicitors Burningham & Brown, plus a new website for Stones Security. Love Your Site has also launched many other sites for clients outside of the city, all of whom are benefiting from the agency's fresh approach to the digital world. Exceptional design skills combined with unparalleled speed ensure that Love Your Site is one of the most competitive web companies in the UK. Clients are also benefiting from improved positioning on Google courtesy of proven Search Engine Optimisation strategies devised to increase sales and business enquiries. Love Your Site work directly with Google to assist clients maximise the commercial returns from their websites. Love Your Site is offering a 20 per cent discount on any new website projects commissioned before Christmas. For more information, please visit www.loveyoursite.com or telephone 0845 900 2153.
Everything you need to present and preserve your pictures
The staff of The Framing Workshop have been helping to present and preserve pictures and precious keep-sakes for more than 20 years. Their picture framing spans many areas, including box framing, glass and Perspex boxes, hand-finished and gilded frames and a wide range of natural woods and swept frames. Meanwhile, their stock of conservation glass offers protection from harmful ultra violet rays while the non-reflective glass gives viewing that is uninterrupted by distracting reflections. All of their mount boards are of a conservation or museum specification giving total peace of mind that your artwork is being looked after for future generations.
The Framing Workshop employs all of Bath's Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framers, giving them the professional skills which, when combined with quality materials and machinery, ensures preservation is catered for as well as the presentation of artwork.
The Framing Workshop is extremely proud of its reputation, enforced and supported as it is by their success in a wide variety of competitions, not least being awarded a National Life Time Exemplar award by the Fine Art Trade Guild for outstanding contributions to the trade.