It’s fitting that Pilea takes its name from the cutesy Chinese money plant, rumoured to bring good fortune; this place doesn’t just push plants on customers but makes sure you leave knowing how to nurture your new baby. Green thumb? Check online for Pilea’s calendar of plant swaps and creative workshops that include masterclasses in DIY terrariums, make-your-own succulent wreaths and lowdowns on how to keep your houseplants happy.
16 Catherine Hill
On the cobbles of Catherine Hill, this fashion and textiles store is a stripped-back, soul-soothing medley of earthy tones and raw textures. Taking her cue from nature, owner Donna May Lynch hand-crafts timeless womenswear in the open-plan studio at the back of the store – have a chat with her if you need something tailored to suit you. Sharing space with the clothing are carefully curated homewares and lifestyle accessories from up-and-coming designers and makers. After menswear? Try Assembly.
28 Catherine Hill
Like many Fromians, Resident began life in London before uppings sticks and finding its permanent home in Somerset in 2015. Its light-flooded shop makes for pleasant browsing of its edit of homewares, accessories and skincare. Pick up pieces from well-known brands – Ferm Living, Earl of East, House Doctor – as well as smaller, lust-worthy labels. We love Folk’s womenswear. Like this? Drop by Frome Hardware for a more utilitarian interiors edit.
20 Paul Street
Much like nearby Bruton, Frome is teeming with vintage shops peddling the kind of clothing, homewares and throwback bric-a-brac that we could easily while away a whole weekend rummaging through. The Dandy Lion, Lark Vintage and Poot Emporium are our favourites for retro clothing.