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Blimey's British Store and Gift Shop

71 Talbot St North , Essex Ontario N8M 1A1 226-787-1244


Located in the heart of downtown Essex, previously situated in Harrow, Blimey’s is located in the center of Essex County. Ask anyone who is a fan of British chocolate (without the wax added), prawn or Guinness flavoured crisps, Scottish tablet, or Mr. Kipling’s cakes. People drive from all over the region, not just for the British food and wares, but also for the unique atmosphere. The long, narrow shop is full of character. Wood floors and exposed brick walls support well-considered displays of unique European items: Harris Tweed, Irish sweaters, Scottish tartan, French glassware, English pottery, Celtic jewelry, children’s toys, and a quirky collection of clocks that you’ll not find anywhere else. Doctor Who and Beatles fans will fall in love with the assorted fan merchandise and gift ideas the store has to offer. The conversation is lively at Blimey’s, so don’t hesitate to ask Carl and Rita to share their knowledge of products and places. Even if you’ve never been to England, you’ll leave the shop feeling like you have.

Meet the Owners

What started as a part-time retirement project has blossomed into a six-day-a-week passion for Carl and Rita Hulme, owners of Blimey’s British Store and Gift Shop. Raised in Manchester, UK, Carl brings a background in sales and marketing to the business, while Rita brings an eye for unusual items that are sure to become favourites. Together, the two have identified a niche market for things that are uniquely British. They’ve also managed to tap into a world of avid fans. British ex-patriots who miss the comforts of home are regular customers, alongside New World converts who’ve been to the UK and developed a special appreciation for interesting food and unique gifts. 

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Address: 71 Talbot St North , Essex Ontario, N8M 1A1
Phone: 226-787-1244

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