A fabulous department store.
This is just about still family owned. and really has a traitional feel without being old fashioned. It is far bigger than the Poole branch by a long chalk.
There are lots of concessions in all departments, so there is a lot of choice. And although expensive, their own brand is very high quality.
I love going in here - it just oozes class and taste. I once had my handbag stolen, but it's not the fault of the store.
There is a cemetery on a nearby corner and drunks hang out there, and will make a dash through neighbouring shops in opportunist fashion. One night, however, a tomb stone was used to break a window at Beales!!!
I like shopping at Beales for a really special gift for friends/family. Although pricey their products are always good quality and loads to choose from - jewellery (brands inc Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Gucci), accesories, nightwear, Homeware etc. There's loads in store fashion wise too with brands for men and women like Ben Sherman, French Connection, Coast and Timberland.
Beales is also great place to come for beauty advice, as you walk in you have the huge Mac and Origins sections at the front and then many other counters down the middle for brands such as eve lom, clarins, clinique. It also has natural and organic brands on the shelving down the side with brands such as Dr Hauschka, Neals Yard and Burts Bees (although there is no sales assistant for advice on these brands, Dr Hauschka occasionally has instore makeover days - dates on website). The sales assistants vary, i have had some really nice women give me advice and some very unhelpful advice too - depends which counter you go to.
They also have a cafe and restaurant but they are soooo expensive - although nice food, i dont think its worth the money (go to debenhams!)
Rated 3 as i only visit now and then for gifts really and i now would prefer to go to space nk for beauty.
I only like this store because it carreys M.A.C makeup which I adore and nowhere else in Bournemouth has MAC...
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