Rossiters was established in 1961 by Ann and Michael Rossiter. Inspired by their travels Ann and Michael returned to Bath and took over the lease of a small tobacconist shop at number 40 Broad Street and began to sell Michael’s hand made jewellery. Little more than a corridor this is now the Greetings Card department in the existing store.
Following early success they rapidly expanded to include new product ranges and by the 70s acquired the two neighbouring buildings. The extra space was used to introduce a cook shop reflecting the colourful influence of cookbook author Elizabeth David on the British home cooking scene, and a collection of furniture, including ranges from iconic designers like Terence Conran and Gordon Russell.
During the 80’s an interior design department was opened stocking a large range of wallpapers and fabrics and the furniture offer was expanded.
In 1999 Ann and Michael sold Rossiters to another family business and for the past 24 years husband and wife team, Peter and Ann-Marie James have been the custodians of this much loved and admired store. Our mission is to provide our customers with a truly rewarding retail experience by making Rossiters both visually and socially enjoyable to visit and always inspiring with desirable products & service of the highest quality.
Sustainability and local sourcing are top priorities for us and we welcome designers, makers and suppliers to get in touch if they have a product that they feel would resonate with our ethos and our customers.