Next door to Shimu on Victoria Road, Saltaire is the shop intriguingly named Magic Number 3. This started life as a delicatessen and café that sold wonderful arty things on the side. Now the shop specialises in stylish, ethical, fairly traded clothing and accessories - including Eloise Grey tweeds made from organic tweeds woven on the Scottish island of Mull. Accessories include shoes, bags, hats and scarves made from organic fibres and recycled materials - even belts made from recycled fire hoses!
At first glance the clothing looks very 'trendy', aimed perhaps at the younger generations, but in fact the high-quality clothing is beautifully styled and there are many pieces suitable for oldies like me! The shop also stocks a natural skincare range and a good selection of arts and crafts, many sourced locally. They currently have distinctive prints by artist/printmaker Clare Caulfield, and paintings by David Starley - both Saltaire residents; as well as constantly changing displays of ceramics, jewellery, photographs, and cards.
It's well-worth a browse - and a great place to hunt for a special gift for a discerning friend or relative.
(And by the way, Salts Walks, the guided walks round Saltaire, start from outside Magic Number 3 .... more about those soon).