It takes no stretch of the imagination to see how British culture has had an effect on American culture. Have you heard of the shows Downton Abbey and Doctor Who? Or perhaps that little group called The Beatles rings a bell? Yes, we Americans seem to have a keen fascination with British lifestyle, music, and even British royalty. Must I remind you of the event that took place on July 22nd, 2013? Here’s a hint: Google ‘George Alexander Louis.’ For those of you who know all of the references I’ve just made, let’s throw a high five in the air for our local source of all-things British: Brits!

Charming, isn't it?

Such a cheery shop!

Located downtown on Mass Street, Brits is the Lawrence purveyor of British goods. This store has been in existence since 1995 and specializes in British food, chocolate, and tea (but has so much more). While I’ve stopped by this shop on occasion to pick up tea (the selection is truly unmatched), this time around I took a few minutes to appreciate the lovely craftsmanship of the pottery items, the quirkiness of the pop culture knick knacks, and the impressive collection of rental DVDs. As you can tell, there was quite a bit to see.

See this? I wanted to buy ALL OF IT.

Certainly the best tea selection around.

Let’s start with the food items. Beyond basic preserves and biscuits (which are expected), Brits also has sections of “grub,” “scram,” “tin foods,” and “baking” near the southwest area of the store. Lots of breakfast items, cooking ingredients, and condiments here. They also have a cooler for cold, perishable items such as drinks, cheeses, and more.

Brits also offers some of the finer items that are closely associated with the English, such as exquisite tea pots and delicate tea cups. The assortment of tea pots and cups is almost as extensive as their variety of teas! It certainly made me daydream of hosting a fancy-schmancy tea party and practicing my British accent. Do you fancy one lump or two?

Grub? Scram? Not sure what it is, but I bet it's delicious.

Such beautiful tea pots and cups. Classic, and excellent quality.

Of course, Brits also hosts a wonderful selection of Doctor Who items (including the infamous Dr. Who blazer!), an astounding amount of souvenirs dressed in the British flag, and adorable Big Ben and double decker bus gifts. Not to mention a sweet baby blue celebratory mug with George Alexander Louis’ date of birth (okay, okay… he’s the newest heir to the thrown). Plenty to love and appreciate here. Until next week, cheerio, mates!

These items are for true super fans.

I picked up a couple cards, $3 each.

Find Brits at: 929 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence KS 66044. [785.843.2288]

You can also find me in the Lawrence Journal World’s CheckOut publication which prints weekly on Thursdays.

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