Another month, another flurry of new shop openings in Bedford… 

Bluebird Hair Boutique spreads its wings
Based on Harpur Street, Bluebird Hair Boutique is expanding into the adjacent property (formerly Thrift’ee/Coolhaus) this month.  The new space will feature a six-station cutting room, three-station colour bar plus relaxation/washroom and a private treatment room.  “We can’t wait to begin using the new salon space,” said Bluebird owner, Anika Miller. “The Harpur Street shop will be available for private hire, pre-wedding pamper events, blow-dry masterclasses and all our in-house training.”

Good luck, beautiful Bluebirds! @bluebirdbedford
Bluebird Hair Boutique, 42-44 The Broadway, Bedford, MK40 2TH

Something (else) tasty on St Cuthbert’s
If you haven’t already checked it out, head to Vanilla Tree, newly opened on St Cuthbert’s Street. This street is rapidly becoming the go-to destination for Bedford’s food and drink enthusiasts and will soon also be home to Bears and Tales when it relocates in January.  Born from a love of good coffee, a passion for baking, an appreciation of art and an obsession with Portuguese custard tarts, Vanilla Tree offers a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere where customers can enjoy cakes and bagels, all baked in house.  “St Cuthbert’s Street appealed to us, with its existing small independent shops and restaurants,” said owners Martin and Tracy O’Hare. “It’s becoming a great part of town for people who already work and live here, and also for visitors, whether eating out, shopping or going to the theatre.”  Martin and Tracy try to source their ingredients locally, making their own salt beef with beef from Lingers butchers, and smoked salmon from GCH fishmongers.  “The only thing we don’t make in-house is bread,” said Tracy. “But we don’t need to because round the corner on Mill Street is Companions, who provide us with amazing sourdough.”
Vanilla Tree, 29 St Cuthbert’s Street, Bedford, MK40 3JG

Ringing the changes in the Arcade

It’s all change in the Victorian Arcade (off Bedford High Street), with Boutique Planet moving into bigger premises next to Slide Records and Seventh Heaven expanding into two newly created units. Both businesses were in the process of moving as we went to print, so we look forward to sharing some gorgeous photos of the new shops in the February issue (or even sooner on the blog  In the meantime, go and check them out!

Also in the Arcade, this month sees a Christmas pop up shop in part of the former Hanworth Interiors space. Run by Anwyn Rowberry, Evie and Lola’s Christmas Pop Up will be trading until Christmas Eve, selling locally made products from some of Bedford’s best makers and crafters. The community-focused pop up will be part café, part gift shop and part workshop venue. Customers will have the chance to learn a new skill at one of the many workshops, or buy a craft kit from the shop.

“Our aim is to help local producers to target the Christmas market, without prohibitive up-front costs and we are really excited about the brands that have signed up with us to either sell or run workshops,” said Anwyn. “The variety is going to be incredible!”

Evie & Lola’s Christmas Pop Up: 14-15 The Arcade (formerly Hanworth Interiors)
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