Edinburgh is a shoppers' paradise and though all the new chain store names are available, other retailers in the city centre have been established for a very long time.
The name of Jenners is synonymous with quality and prestige among Edinburgh shoppers. Nicknamed "the Harrods of the North", the store was opened in 47 Princes Street in 1838 by Charles Jenner and Charles Kennington and quickly established itself as THE fashionable place to shop.
After a fire destroyed the original premises in 1892, it was rebuilt in fine style by architect William Hamilton Beattie. Charles Jenner, by then sole owner, did not live long enough to see the finished building but in his will he left the sum of £8000 to provide stone caryatid female figures which were installed high on the façade, because, he said, women had always been the supporters of his enterprise.
Though the store was taken over in 2005 by the House of Fraser, the original name, quality and traditional appearance have been carefully preserved. In 87 George Street, jewellers and silversmiths to the Queen, Hamilton and Inches, have been established since 1866, and next door, in number 89, is Grays the ironmoners which was opened in 1818 and stocks an astonishing 25000 product lines. Edinburgh shoppers say that if Gray's don't stock what you're looking for, you don't really need it.
Another prestige shop is Romanes and Paterson in 62 Princes Street where classic Scottish products ranging from kilts, tartans, cashmere sweater to shortbread are sold. As well as Princes Street and George Street, the High Street offers a wide range of smaller shops selling traditional Scottish goods, and William Street at the West End has several women's fashion shops and is especially good for shoes.