AUTUMN is often the time for fresh starts and change and Salisbury is no exception to this, with new independents popping up all across the city centre.

From plants to fashion, pastries to artwork, visitors can now enjoy more shops, eateries and culture across the heart of Salisbury.

While we have sadly said goodbye to a Swedish-inspired café, residents are also excitedly awaiting the arrival of the city's first bubble tea site, as well as anticipating more news about a department store moving into the former Debenhams space.

Below are some of the additions and changes to the city centre we've reported on this September:

Botanic Folk

Independent indoor plant shop Botanic Folk, at 100 Fisherton Street, opened its doors for the first time on September 10.

Its website says the shop is "a gorgeous indoor jungle", selling plants and plant-related homewares, and are set to offer handmade gifts, supporting artisans and makers.

The business offers "bespoke botanical styling" and there are plans to host a programme of workshops.

Salisbury Journal: Botanic Folk has opened in Fisherton StreetBotanic Folk has opened in Fisherton Street


Sufinama opened earlier this month, September 4, in Cross Keys Shopping Centre, next to TK Maxx.

The shop offers fashion, accessories, and home decor, including many handcrafted items.

Keep your eyes peeled as the boutique has printed flyers offering a five per cent discount on any purchase over £10, until September 30.

Salisbury Journal: A new independent has opened in Cross Keys Shopping Centre - Picture by Spencer MulhollandA new independent has opened in Cross Keys Shopping Centre - Picture by Spencer Mulholland

The Dusty Apron

Bakery café The Dusty Apron opened for business in Salisbury city centre on September 7.

This is the bakery's first café after the business started as a stall in Salisbury's markets.

Owner Marcus Sherar said: "We're really happy, and only hoping that people start to notice us and start to come out. We've only had positive feedback."

The Winchester Street premises offers freshly-baked pastries, cakes, cookies, sandwiches and brownies, including Marcus' favourite, his caramel Biscoff brownie.

Salisbury Journal: The Dusty Apron is now open for businessThe Dusty Apron is now open for business

The Vanner Gallery

A new contemporary art gallery has opened near Salisbury Cathedral.

The Vanner Gallery opened to the public for the first time on September 17 with its launch exhibition 'CONNECT: people, art and place'.

It is located at 45 High Street, just outside the main entrance to the Cathedral Close.

The first showcase includes contemporary art and made objects to examine how we process times of adversity and uncertainty, focusing on the idea of connection as the world restarts after the Covid pandemic.

The new space is dedicated to making contemporary art and craft accessible.

Salisbury Journal: 45 High Street, home to The Vanner Gallery45 High Street, home to The Vanner Gallery

CUPP Bubble Tea

To be the first of its kind in Salisbury, CUPP Bubble Tea will open a new branch on Silver Street this October.

The shop will take over the empty premises of 63 Silver Street, on the corner with High Street, opposite Caffè Nero.

Bubble tea is a drink from Taiwan that consists of milk, fruit and fruit juices and added 'bubbles', chewy tapioca pearls that sit at the bottom.

Salisbury Journal: CUPP Bubble Tea is opening a branch in SalisburyCUPP Bubble Tea is opening a branch in Salisbury

Swedish Den

Independent Swedish bakery and café in Salisbury, The Swedish Den, is set to close for good due to the Covid pandemic.

The eatery which opened in Catherine Street in spring 2019, has been serving the city with cinnamon buns and other baked goods, as well as hot dogs and traditional Swedish meatballs.

The business announced in an Instagram post: "With a very heavy heart and as a consequence of the pandemic, we have sadly been forced to close the Swedish Den.

"Thank you for all the wonderful support you have shown us. We hope you have enjoyed our Swedish flair. "So now it's 'Tack och hej' (thanks and goodbye) from us 👋🏻"

Salisbury Journal: Annalie Muirhead, Natalie Mansfield and Rebecca McKay welcoming customers when Swedish Den first opened in 2019Annalie Muirhead, Natalie Mansfield and Rebecca McKay welcoming customers when Swedish Den first opened in 2019


Department store Bradbeers has said it is "still currently committed to Salisbury", amid rumours it had decided to pull out of opening a new site in the city.

The Journal revealed in November of last year that the former Debenhams site, which has now been lying empty for more than a year, could be turned into a Bradbeers department store.

The prominent site on Blue Boar Row has been vacant since Debenhams pulled out of the city after failing to reach “appropriate terms” with the landlord back in April 2020.

Bradbeers is a family run chain of department and furniture stores with branches in New Milton, Hedge End and Romsey.

The director of Bradbeers, Greg Davies, told the Journal that they "currently remain committed to Salisbury", but that plans have had to be adjusted.

Salisbury Journal: Debenhams, Blue Boar Row - Picture by Spencer MulhollandDebenhams, Blue Boar Row - Picture by Spencer Mulholland


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