The North end of Perth’s Methven Street starts at the beautiful St Ninian’s Cathedral and runs down to The Lade and Old Mill Street. Only a few minutes walk from the High Street and with ample parking, this vibrant little street is the perfect place to start your day's shopping. And as the only street made up exclusively of independent shops, it holds a special place in the heart of us Perthites.
You see, as unlikely as it may sound in a 21st century city, there are no multi-nationals, no big name stores and no androgynous-more-of-the-same chains. Instead you will find a street packed full of the wonderful, family-owned businesses that make Perth unique and galvanise our Scotland-wide reputation as a place for speciality shopping.
I know from speaking to the owners of these fantastic businesses that they pride themselves on their street's outstanding service, family warmth and quality goods.
They offer everything from life's essentials to truly specialised items - never before have I had to rack my brain for so many variations on the word bespoke!
So, whether you're looking for a commision on a diamond engagement ring, a one-off kitchen design or a cup of great coffee, North Methven Street is worth a second look!
A kilt shop of such distinction that they have their own tartan, Strathearn Kiltmaker are the creators of the beautiful purple and blue 'Pearl Of The Tay' that is one of Perth’s most popular choices for wee boys and grown men! They hire and sell the finest quality kilts using only authentic tartans and can help with Highland dress for corporate events, weddings and private functions.
Named after its colourful owner, Marian’s of Perth celebrates over 45 years in business. They have been stocking a fabulous range of ladies designer fashion brands, Marian and her sister Eileen are known and loved for their attentive service, keen eye and willingness to help. We've featured them both as our only Big Personality duo, EVER! Read their story here >>>
Marian’s of Perth specialises in complete outfits for Mother of the Bride and Groom, evening wear and fantastic everyday fashions for the discerning lady. Next door at The Wardrobe they offer the ladies of Perth stylish fashion choices in sizes 18+. This is a must visit during a day’s shopping!
With 15 years experience behind her, Renata at Needle and Thread is an expert with both! From a quick hem-up to a full wedding dress fitting, Renata offers attention to detail and a precise, neat finish. They also provide a full dressmaking service for unique one-off items guaranteed to help you stand out from the High Street fashion crowd.
Fair City Laundry is a traditional laundrette with coin operated washers, dryers and a service wash facility. They also offer dry cleaning for party dresses, winter coats and every other item you wish you’d checked the label on!
A category that has come together simply because they rhyme, and are specialists in their own fields. WTG Henderson’s the Jewellers and The New Wool Shop sit only a few doors apart and are both well-known in our small city as places of quality goods and knowledgable, friendly service.
WTG Hendersons is owned and run by Scott Henderson, his wife Catriona and son Matthew. Matthew is the fourth generation of artisan jewellery maker in the family business which was established in Perth in 1938. He and dad Scott design and produce many commissions and there are more than few of their engagement rings on the fingers of the ladies of Perth! Their highly skilled workshop also offers a repair service for watches and all jewellery. They sell new and antique items, silver gifts for christenings and weddings and my advice to you is go in with some time to spare... Its well worth a linger!
The New Wool Shop is a crafter's heaven with rows of brightly coloured balls, haberdashery and threads. Kate McGregor has owned and worked in the shop for over 24 years so she has all the expert knowledge you will need. They sell everything you for knitting, needlecraft and crochet and the staff are on hand to help even beginners will feel at home.
Hair and beauty is one of the street’s great strengths with three fantastic hairdressers and three wonderful beauty rooms.
Halo at the top end of North Methven Street starts things off with colour, cuts and blowdries for men, women and children. Specialising in wedding parties, they will be delighted to chat through your style for your Big Day.
A little further down you will find Marian’s Hairdressing (not to be confused with Marian’s Ladies Boutique!) where you can drop in with or without an appointment for a trim or a full restyle.
On the opposite side of the road is HairDotComb, a popular Perth salon who stock on-trend brand Fudge and the always popular L’Oreal. The team at HairDotComb bring a wealth of experience to ladies and gents styling, cuts and colour.
Essence links hair with beauty in their unique salon that is home to three independent stylists Louise, Gillian and Evelyn and therapist Angela. Paul Mitchell is their brand of choice and their stylish salon is roomy, bright and modern. And as if that wasn't enough the wonderful Jessica Beauty Room is situated within Essence salon. You can get a beautiful set of gel nails, an exfoliating and relaxing facial treatment, massage or waxing, along with all your other beauty needs. Jessica will make sure you leave looking and feeling fabulous!
I-browz across the road offers everything from gel nails to eyebrow threading and their small,inviting shop front leads the way to a series of therapy rooms.
Finally, the newest member of the North Methven Street beauty offering is Simply Brows. Owned and run by experienced therapist Raj, this is a speciality lash and brow bar offering Perth’s only independent threading salon.
One of the city’s longest-standing and most loved takeaways has their home on North Methven Street and many a Perthite will tell you tales of piping-hot, fish and chips or Chinese takeaway from Watsons after a night on the tiles!
My other half will often experience a wave of nostalgia for Watson's. As teenagers, we’d pile out of the teatime shows at Perth Playhouse and head round the corner to Watson’s sit-in for sausage suppers, white bread and butter, and cups of tea. Late shows would mean a takeaway, sharing chips on the bus home and chattering loudly about the movie. Little has changed; you can still do exactly the same today and enjoy every second of it just as much!
Now, Must Eat is a go-to eatery for all your take-away and comfort food needs. They offer a full range of the take-away classics - burgers, pizzas, kebabs - as well as set meals and their own take on the now famous munchie box! If you don't fancy trekking out for food, Must Eat deliver, and you can even place your order on their website. Convenience does make it all taste better!
Of course, it’s not just about the ready to eat food. DG Lindsays is a Perth Institution selling only the very best in locally sourced meat. Run by fifth generation butcher Beaton Lindsay (a previous Big Personality of ours!) you will find award-winning steak pies, ready to cook stir fries and every cut of quality meat you could possible imagine. They are now one of only three independent family-owned butchers in Perth City Centre.
If you’ve been shopping and fancy taking the weight off your feet or if you need a great cup of coffee to keep you fuelled as you go, Pino’s Italy is an authentic Italian Coffee Bar serving up Italian cakes, soup and paninis alongside ‘Perth’s Best Coffee’. (It was Pino who told me this although my double espresso was VERY good!). And for a drop of the stronger stuff, The Half Moon Pub across the road is great for pint or a nip!
Perth Kitchen Centre on the corner of North Methven Street and Atholl Street has kept true their original ideals of great products and great service and with this they have built an enviable reputation that has given them generations of repeat business.
Stocking sophisticated German engineering with sleek lines and a stylish finish alongside British Made Kitchens for the more traditional clientele, they pride themselves on offering something for everyone. They offer a full design service, installation and handle everything from construction to final decoration. You can also buy off the shelf, choose from branded appliances such as Siemens, Neff and Miele and one-off items such as a new oven or dishwasher.
Just a couple of shops along, Bryan Steele Carpets is holding up the street’s reputation for quality, family-owned shops with their 30 year old, second generation business. Stocking quality brands in carpets and vinyl they offer free estimates, a free fitting service and free delivery! They have seen many trends in flooring over the years but I’m reliably informed by a friendly Alan that 'Grey is the new Beige' in the world of carpets! What a great line!
Darren Conway is the owner of Fireplaces Direct, a one-stop shop for fires and wood-burning stoves. He welcomes everyone in to browse through their range and as well as the models in the store, they also offer a bespoke design service. Darren tells me that wood-burning stoves have grown in popularity due to their stylish, modern look and environmentally friendly, energy efficient fuel.
BJ Domestics sells and repairs appliances such as hoovers, washing machines and dishwashers. As a little side note, due to a Henry hoover that sat in the window for my entire childhood, it is one of my favourite little shop fronts in Perth!
Newspapers, magazines, pints of milk, lottery tickets, chocolate bars and penny chews – I love a good newsagents! In North Methven Street you will find Minas, Bailies and Hodges dotted along the street all ready to help you out with life’s essentials. In a more speciality market, Wee Polska brings a flavour of Poland to Perth with the same essentials from Eastern Europe.
Browns the Chemist has recently moved from a little home in North Methven Street to a big home in North Methven Street! An independent pharmacy with over 100 years experience they pride themselves on their heritage, knowledge and high quality service. Offering a range of services such as NHS and private prescription dispensary, sales of mobility aids and courses to help quit smoking, you’re going to find highly qualified staff and friendly, personal service.
For all your technological problems and device repairs, PC Solutions is available six days a week. Their top-notch team can deal with any issue you have, from cracked screens to virus removals, upgrades and so much more. They also offer a great range of new and refurbished laptops and desktops at reasonable prices. And in true North Methven Street style, if you simply need a quick chat about your laptop, tablet or computer, advice is absolutely free!
Remember, if you’re out shopping for steaks, gifts, clothes or a haircut then snap a photograph and share it on social media with the hashtag#PerthLoveFest! It could win you £50 of vouchers to spend in one of Perth’s independent retailers. More >>>