Jolly's might look like an old fashion British department store from the outside, but it is actually a part of the House of Fraser group. But even though it's part of a chain, House of Fraser should be commended for making it look as though it's an independent department shop.
Spread over three levels it's a one-stop shop for ladies who love retail; there's fashion, cosmetics, homeware and a cafe to sit down after an exhausting shopping session. It may all seem a bit middle class but look closely and there's plenty for younger girls too. There's an Oasis, Benefit, MAC and All Saints to name but a few stands.
Not the cheapest of places, but a lovely place to go if you're trying to please a whole family of shoppers. They also hold weekly one-off events so make sure you pop in to see what's happening in-store.
This department store is lovely with a quirky layout. In some ways it reminds me of Liberty's in London.
Lots of interesting items for sale, with concession stands for various higher end clothing and make-up.
It's the place to go in Bath if you are looking for MAC or Bobbie Brown make-up.
The location is handy for most, though it's not an ideal place to shop if you have mobility problems or a pram.
Proper higgledy-piggledy department store of old, lots of steps and staircases making it unsuitable for shopping with a buggy.
Ladies clothes - lots of concessions, Planet, Paul Costelloe, phase eight etc plus House of Fraser own brands linea and platinum.
Good undies section, and leather handbags and gloves. All the major perfum people are there - use the top entrances to get straight to these.
Homeware a bit hit and miss, always worth a look when it's a 20% off day. Staff are either very young or old (some of the ladies in the clothes area must be over 70 - lovely people, not so hot on the till technology) and are ALWAYS pushing the storecard.
Nasty place for the rich to come and get fleeced. I went here just before Christmas, as my girlfriend was struggling to find the perfect handbag for her mother and starting to look like throwing a fit. So, I entered this House of Fraser hopeful that if it was going to do one thing well, it would be women's accessories. No, first of all you have to battle the lines of perfume counters, then try to work out where the bloody hell each department is, all the while being walked over by people who drive Range Rovers in a city and not receiving an apology, only to find that it's full of overpriced blandness. I eventually found some bags, but at over £500 for a bit of cowhide, I quickly left.
This store harks back 50 years in its layout and quirkiness, but has surprisingly good ranges of household items, beauty products, etc and knowledgeable staff. Its conveniently located in the centre of Bath and is always worth a look around. Allow a little extra time to look around though in case you do get a little lost inside!
Wow this store is quirky, it is a jumble of rooms conected by stairs and corridors. You get lost walking around the different departments. My husband refuses to go in as he says that it gives him a headache walking around. Saying that the shop does sell quality products and has a certain standing in the high street as one of the last great department stores. It could do with a cute coffee shop instead of the terrible canteen style one. I like looking at the beauty department and handbags etc, but would give the rest a miss! All the staff seem friendly and helpful.
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