The 2 shops I visited in Southport were situated on Lord Street which was a really nice area with lots of little cafes, coffee shops & restaurants with outdoor seating as well as other larger chain and smaller independent stores. In particular, there was a very nice small corner stand selling a wide range of fabulous looking ice creams e.g. snickers, bounty, liquorice, cherry & raspberry ripple (amongst others)!
Anyway, back to the craft shops...
'Crafts A Plenty' www.craftsaplenty.co.uk was situated in the Wayfarers Arcade which was full of unusual and individual stores selling a wide range of products. the craft shop itself was not huge and mainly stocked the Papermania range but did include the most recent product launches. they also stocked a small selection of items such as ink pads and glitter glues. It was a pretty standard shop to be honest.
'Southport Craft Centre' was also quite a small shop but it seemed to stock a wide range of products again. the Papermania range again featured heavily but they also had Tim Holtz distress inks, Smirk 'goodie bags' and also jewellery making beads, findings etc. As with 'Crafts A Plenty', there was nothing that got me excited and yet again I left with nothing!!!