An insider's guide to the county's best kept secrets
8 Dalegate Market
Tel: 01485 211211
An eclectic mix of jewellery, accessories and gifts; a haven of unusual items of the highest quality that are ideal for gift buying.
Where to find it
You’ll find Relish on the forefront of the Dalegate site on the main coastal road from Hunstanton to Wells-next-the-Sea, just past Brancaster Staithe. You’ll also find a Fat Face, One Stop Nature Shop (click here for a review), Gone Crabbing clothing store (click here for a review) and The Hare and The Hen craft studio and shop (click here for a review) as well as a nice cafe so it makes for a pleasant afternoon out.
What to expect
“Sometimes eccentric, always eclectic – why not add some relish to your life”. That’s how owner, Julie Mase, describes her highly successful gift shop and the name suits the contents for you’ll indeed find things inside that will bring a bit of sparkle to your life. It’s one of those little shops I adore; a place you just know you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for, or maybe even that thing that you never knew you wanted but once spotted cannot live without. I’ve yet to venture inside without purchasing. The items on display kind of randomly fit together in a haze of effortless companionship. You’d be forgiven for thinking the products must all come from the same supplier but in actual fact the gifts are sourced from far and wide. It’s Julie’s 19years of buying knowledge that makes the shopping experience so enjoyable. She has created a “shop taste” that although couldn’t be at times be more dissimilar from her own (she’s “allergic to pink”!), is a winning formula for the store. Bright, colourful, quirky designs live in harmony together alongside unique jewellery and one off pieces.
What can you buy here?
Jewellery of all tastes and price ranges from earrings and necklaces to rings and pendants; you’ll even find the odd piece handmade by Julie herself. Costume jewellery such as hair accessories, bangles and friendship bracelets are also stocked and start from £1 upwards. Handbags, wash bags, make up bags, cross body messenger bags, all in various designs by various brands. Apparently “foxes are the new owls” for printed goods this season.
Flasks and water bottles from Wild and Wolf; wallets, ipad covers and documents holders. There are sunglasses and sun hats to choose from, scarves and other accessories for women but also a selection of unusual gifts for men. The stock is fresh each season and every visit will uncover something new. Julie is anything but complacent; a fun and wacky gal with an eye for style and an ear for what sells, always adding new stock when requests are mentioned. She also offers inexpensive but terribly useful things too like cord for necklaces. I was thrilled to discover this as I’m always finding shells on the beach that I want to turn into personal mementos. She’ll even make them up for you which is handy to know.
All in all, I can’t fault this little shop. Julie has now ventured into the 2online sales malarkey” and Relish is a virtual brand with a range of limited items to buy but these items will be switched regularly to keep it fresh. We both agreed though that to shop online only is to miss out of the joy of browsing stores like this, visit in person and experience retail therapy as it should be, you’ll certainly be glad you came.
Relish is open 10am to 4pm in winter and 10am to 5pm in summer, longer in extremely busy times. Julie is more than happy to post items out and be of any help she can be so feel free to pop in for a chat.