Word On The Saints | June

As the weather warms up, our focus turns al fresco on the Saints. 

Many of our shops and businesses have interesting and quirky gardens. Check out Applaud Coffee for courtyard coffee and cake.  Maud’s Attic and Merchant House have a great garden showcasing outdoor furniture and ornaments. Check out the summer programme of events at Cake & Catwalk; there’s always something great being held in the garden!

For outdoor dining head to At Twenty5, and for summer evening cocktails try K Bar. It’s also a great time of year to have a wander around and take in the history and the architecture of the area. The Tourist Information Centre on Arras Square has more details of interesting walks around the town.

Our Summer Artisan Market returns on Sunday 17th June to St Peter’s Street. The street will be closed to traffic for the day and we will play host to an array of artisan stalls. Our independent businesses will be open and the deckchairs will be out. Don’t forget its Father’s Day as well, so bring your Dad and treat him to a day out. The Thomas Wolsey will be open, and Ed from Hopsters will be showcasing his fine craft beers. Plenty of reasons to visit us on the day. All we need now is you…and the sunshine!

My very best wishes, 
Cathy Frost.

We asked Saints favourites Cake & Catwalk and The Italian Shirt Shop to tell us what they love about The Saints in summertime! 

Lynn Turner
Cake & Catwalk

I’ve always loved this street; it’s gone through lots of ups and downs but retained its individual style and I still believe it’s the best in Ipswich. When the shop became available I jumped at the chance. I am meant to be here!

Summer in the street is great. Doors open, garden green and lush and all the shopkeepers chat in the doorways. It’s good to gossip!

I have very fond memories of the street years ago when it was all antiques and bric-a-brac, always interesting with some great characters who owned the shops.

We are a community and we meet regularly, although sadly, not everyone joins in! But there are enough of us that do and we work hard together; supporting and promoting each other for the greater good.

I like to bring different affordable brands and products to my shop. I check out what the main town and other boutiques have and find different things. That’s the fun of shopping. I am loving ‘A Postcard from Brighton’ casual collection for this season. It’s soft, stylish and great for mooching about while still looking fabulous.

Antonio Bellini
The Italian Shirt Shop

I moved to the Waterfront seven years ago, but have been visiting Ipswich for 20 years and have always liked St Peter’s Street; often thinking it was similar to Covent Garden. One day I noticed that there was redecoration being done to this shop so enquired as to the situation; to cut a long story short, my shop was opened six weeks later. 

There is a wonderful community where traders pull together for the good of the street. Cathy arranges meetings throughout the year to discuss any future plans and there is often great excitement of future events. It is so nice to hear all the wonderful comments from customers saying that they find this road the most pleasant in Ipswich.

St Peter’s Street is wonderful at all times of the year but certainly the spring gives great excitement of the year to come and the arrival of summer clothing to replace the slightly darker colours of the winter. 

I often say that I am probably the smallest own-label shop in the world; I don’t know this for sure but it is very unlikely that there is a smaller one anywhere else!

My stock is constantly changing but my greatest joy is my absolute exclusivity of my beautifully made clothes from Naples. Most shops stock clothes that can be found in most towns but my Antonio Bellini brand can be found in one shop in the world: 17 St Peter’s Street.

The SaintsCathy Frost