Who doesn’t love Yorkshire? God’s Own County is known throughout the world for being the friendliest and most unique place in the UK – just ask anyone you meet on holiday! But put those whippets and flat caps away, because one shop has set out to show what Yorkshire really has to offer to the masses.

The Great Yorkshire Shop has been going strong in Leeds Corn Exchange for the last couple of years and showcases the best gifts, homewares, art, food and drink that our county has produced. A clean, modern approach to local shopping, items are carefully handpicked for their quality, taste and quirkiness!

We spoke to Aeneas, one of the brains behind the business, to take a deeper look at this shining beacon of Yorkshire in the heart of Leeds Corn Exchange…

Who are you and how did you get here?

We are The Great Yorkshire Shop, we hand pick fine goods exclusively from local independent makers, artists and designers of Yorkshire! We’re located in the Leeds Corn Exchange, one of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings and a Grade 1 listed building in the heart of Leeds city centre. We opened our doors in November 2015. Since opening we’ve been working on filling the shop full of great products and have also recently launched our online shop. We work with our independents and Leeds Corn Exchange and from time to time host events.

What can customers expect from The Great Yorkshire Shop?

The shop is built on passion and pride of the county and supporting local business, trade and the production of British made items. Specialising in selling a selection of quality, hand picked goods from the independents of Yorkshire including, cards, gifts, foods, art, homeware, beauty and men’s products. All are unique items not found on the high street. We stock the finest goods from Yorkshire with something for everyone.

What do you think makes Leeds so awesome? Where do you like to hang out?

The friendly people, architecture, countryside surrounding Leeds and the great shopping! Apart from hanging out with other businesses at Leeds Corn Exchange we like to hang out on The Calls, especially at Wapentake, and other independent shops and shopping centres like the Grand Arcade.

What are your favourite products? And what are the most popular?

Our selection of teas (£4.95) are always popular. We also love our Make Your Own Lip Balm Kits (£17.95) and the Yorkshire Rose Cushion (from £32) is a firm favourite. We love anything typically Yorkshire themed e.g. rhubarb, parkin and anything with Yorkshire on!

Finally, describe The Great Yorkshire Shop in three words…

Local, Unique, Yorkshire!