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It's the small independent stores and specialist suppliers that give Ayr town its draw. It is said that Ayr has more jewellers than central Edinburgh. Many of them are highly respected family owned stores that have been in Ayr for generations. There are even a few bespoke jewellery designers who are much in demand. In the current financial downturn Ayr is having a tough time like many places, but it still has a lot to offer the keen shopper, including an indoor mall at The Kyle Centre with it's upstairs food court, and the new outdoor mall (inc Debenhams) at Ayr Central. http://www.ayrcentral.com/
Big Sparra Vinyl (Rare and collectable records, CDs, sheet music etc), Burns Statue Square, Ayr https://www.facebook.com/bigsparra
Little Knitting Shop - All things knitting. 61 Newmarket Street, Ayr KA7 1LL 01292 261841
Robbies Drams - Whisky specialist (regular tastings), 3 Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1BG 01292 262135 http://www.robbiesdrams.com/main.asp
Corney and Barrow with Whighams wine merchants (est 1766), Academy Street off the Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1HT Tel:01292 267000 -
(High-end wine merchant/regular wine tastings in the original 1766 cellars ) http://www.corneyandbarrow.com/findus...
The Cookery Nook (absolutely everything for the keen cook) 30 Queens Court, off the Sandgate, Ayr, KA7 1LE Tel: 01292 283566 http://www.cookerynook.co.uk/
Creative Classics (Home accessories, gifts, SIA flowers) 45-51 Beresford Terrace, Ayr, KA72HD Tel: 01292 292570
Diane Honeyman Wedding Dresses, New Bridge Street, bottom of the Sandgate, Ayr tel: 01292 282965 http://www.dianehoneyman.com/
Slater Menswear and Slater Woman (free tailoring on purchases) - 184, High St, Ayr , KA7 1RQ Tel: 01292 261730
Twixt & Teens (Tap, Ballet, Dancewear) - 16, Kyle St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1RZ Tel: 01292 261458 http://www.twixtnteens.co.uk/
One Step Ahead (shoes) - 56, Newmarket St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1LR Tel: 01292 260090
Rogerson, Thomas & Sons (fine footwear) - 10-16, Newmarket St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1LP Tel: 01292 263910
Kitten designer kidswear - 48, Alloway St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1SH Tel: 01292 288121
Little V.I.P.'s smart kidswear- Kyle Centre, High St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1QT Tel 01292 288085
Pillar Box (Ladies occasion wear) - 37, Sandgate, Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1BG Tel:01292 610198 http://www.pillarboxayr.co.uk/
Wallace Allen Jewellers and Watches, High St/ 4 Newmarket Street, Ayr Tel: 01292 262516 http://www.jewellery-uk.com/
The Men's Store - Just off High Street by Newmarket St
Hourstons Department Store - Alloway St/High St http://www.hourstons.co.uk/
Ayrshire Violin Maker/ Luthier now moved to Dundee but still available online http://www.theviolinman.co.uk/
The Wickery (Cane furniture, basketware and doll's houses), River St, Ayr http://www.thewickery.co.uk/
Bella's Home and Gifts, Carrick St, Ayr http://www.bellahome.co.uk
The Frame Shop and Art Gallery, Alloway St, Ayr http://www.theframeshop.biz/
Chisholms Deli, Carrick St, Ayr http://www.list.co.uk/place/25121-chi...
Badboy Jewellery (Gothic, Biker, Alternative & Body Jewellery) 35 High Street, Ayr Tel: 01292 737474 and Ogham Jewellery (Scottish & Celtic Designer Jewellery) Unit 18, Luath Walk, Ayr Central, Ayr, KA7 1TN Tel: 01292 610800 http://www.oghamjewellery.com/
These is just a small sample of what Ayr has to offer.There is plenty more to discover.
NB: Most of the main high street chain stores are represented in Ayr, including:
Marks and Spencer, BHS, Top Shop, New Look, Primark, Next, Debenhams,
Clarks Shoes, Cafe Neros, Costa Coffee, Boots, Blacks Outdoor, Game,
TK Maxx, Matalan, H & M, River Island, HMV, Thorntons Chocolates,
Greggs Bakery, Superdrug, Body Shop, Argos, Monsoon, Claires Accessories,
Carphone Warehouse, Jessops, Games Workshop, Reids Furniture, WH Smith,
Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Country Casuals, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, River Island and much more.