Hidden Gems: A Painted Room

March 27, 2024

Tucked between How Brave is the Wren and The Vintage Stop, on Kings Heath’s York Road, is A Painted Room. This pretty little store specialising in chalk paint and home décor is a fairly recent addition to the area, having opened in 2021 after moving down the road from Moseley when their former premises flooded. […]

Hidden Gems: Top Banana

February 15, 2024

Top Banana was vintage before vintage was cool. It was on York Road before York Road was cool. But what actually is Top Banana? I talked to Amanda, who has worked in the shop for over a decade, to find out what makes it tick. Top Banana was founded by Kevin Lyne over 20 years […]

Hidden Gems: The New Photo Company

January 11, 2024

Although The New Photo Company itself has only been on the High Street for less than two years, the shop is a continuation of a Kings Heath photographic legacy. In talking to Supreet, the proprietor of the company, I find out about the legacy of the Suri family in Kings Heath photography, as well as […]

Hidden Gems: Linens ‘n’ Things

December 21, 2023

Linens ’n’ Things is an unassuming shop on the High Street, situated between Burger & Sauce and Loco Lounge. At this point, the shop has been in Kings Heath for 25 years – and the owner, Latif has been here the whole time. He came to England from Pakistan in 1997, so he set up […]

Hidden Gems – Seesaw Opticians

November 30, 2023

Sale! From the 1st to the 12th of December 2023, Seesaw Opticians are offering 30% off their entire range! As soon as you walk into Seesaw Opticians on Poplar Road, you immediately realise that this is not just any old high street optician. The atmosphere is warm and cosy, incense and calming music drift on […]

Hidden Gems – Kings Heath Mirrors and Lighting

November 6, 2023

Hidden Gems: Kings Heath Mirrors and Lighting One of the veterans of the High Street, Kings Heath Mirrors and Lighting has seen it all in their 38 years on Kings Heath High Street – in fact, current manager Jaz reckons every single other shop has changed in the time they’ve been around. Jaz’s dad, Ali, […]