We did it again!
What a lovely surprise! For the second year running we have made it into the Finals for the Exeter Living Awards. We are incredibly proud and humbled to think that we are worthy, especially given the calibre of the other businesses in our category.
Exeter Living is particularly proud of this year's awards; ''The Exeter Living Awards are the business highlight of the city. These are the most prestigious, most tightly contested Awards with the greatest number of local companies involved. Winning an Exeter Living Award is a powerful accolade.''
The Winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony during the evening of 7th March so please keep your fingers crossed for us!
Do follow us on our social media (links at the bottom of every page) to be among the first to know...
We were pleased to be able to open as usual on Friday 1st February, snow notwithstanding.
If the weather is extreme, please only travel if safe to do so and we'll keep you updated with our opening hours.
Please follow our social media for the most up to date announcements; links are at the bottom of every page.
Upcoming Christmas break
Thank you for supporting our independent, family business!
The shop and office will close for Christmas at 3pm Saturday 22nd December for a well earned break! We reopen at 10am Tuesday January 8th.
Of course, the website is always open and you can browse and buy on there as usual; we'll respond as soon as we can from 8th January.
Thank you so much for visiting and shopping with us and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
~ Mark, Marie, Gus and Robin
Gift Voucher Sale
Thank you so much to all our lovely customers who have placed their orders in time for the festive season... now it's time to gift in a different way.
The joy of walking in through the shop door and being gently caressed by the heavenly scent of leather can be purchased, for a limited time, at a discount!
Taking the time to browse the leather colours available and picking the perfect buckle to compliment it is all part of a beautifully memorable experience. The style of belt, and the edge and thread colours... will they match the leather? Compliment? Contrast? These are all important choices, and each person you buy for probably likes something different.
Why not buy them this experience? These TBM Gift Vouchers will come with a free set of stock leather colour samples to spark the imagination, and we look forward to welcoming the lucky recipient into the store... or to the website.
Available in-store and online. Purchase before midnight on Wednesday 19th December 2018 for 10% off and we will add the code to the website so that, if the scent of leather in the shop itself is not required, purchases can be made online!
At checkout, please use code 2018GIFT10
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please click on the picture or use links above: SHOP - GIFT VOUCHERS
Please take care to place your Christmas orders as early as possible, in order to guarantee your place in our bookings diary.
TBM Friends can use their online discount code until midnight 30th November - see email!
If you are not yet a TBM Friend, why not create an account? You can be our friend when you select 'yes' to receiving the occasional newsletter. We don't bombard your inbox, just send you news when it's relevant. News might include a discount code for a sales event, so what's there to lose? See you soon!
Meet the Maker!
On Sunday 18 November, between 11am and 5pm, you are invited to meet our National Award winning Belt Maker, Mark Buckfield!
We'll bring the magic of the Belt Maker's bench to the Fore Street shop, where you can attend one of several demos throughout the day to see how our belts are made. You will have the chance to ask Mark questions and even discuss your own ideas.
There will also be special offers, mince pies and a free prize draw for your chance to win one of our Bespoke Border Belts*!
This event is free and booking is not required, however, if you would like to contact us in advance, please feel free to do so.
Shop hours are Tue-Sat, 10am-3pm
147 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AN
This event is running alongside the Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On 2018 full day event, for more info see https://www.inexeter.com/exeterchristmaslightsswitchon/
*The prize belt is worth £225 (up to belt size 48 inches) or £289.99 (up to belt size 72 inches). No cash alternatives, just this gift boxed belt as the prize. Belt example can be viewed at https://www.thebeltmakers.com/TBM-Vibe-2-Border
Dining Belts NEW to the website!
A small but mighty, and quite cheeky, piece of sturdy elastic is stitched into place behind the buckle, providing just a little bit of 'give' where one might need it most! We are, of course, thinking weddings and other important occasions, where one might be socially required to finish that special meal, that the family and friends have so carefully and thoughtfully provided. Well, it would be rude not to...
Bending and lifting a lot through the course of the day, could also be made a touch more comfortable with a belt of this design.
Our new web launch discount code can be used on these; just enter NEW10 at the checkout!
Let's go shopping...
A message from the organisers:
Due to weather conditions the Fore Street Flea Sept 23rd will no longer take place on Sunday 23rd September. This decision has been made by the organisers due to the health and safety of both stakeholders and customers.
Should stall holders wish to be refunded, this can be collected from Monday 24th September from Willow Hilson, Vintage Boutique on Fore Street. If you do not collect your refund within 14 days this will be donated to Exeter Foodbank
Indie Exeter are very excited to launch the 2nd Fore Street Flea of 2018, on Sunday 23rd September from 12-4pm.
The forecast is wet so Bring a Brolly and expect a fabulous range of gazebo stall holders including bric-à-brac, craft, plants, a wonderful array of food along with a vintage car display and much more!
A [moving] car free Fore Street is a wonderful thing, so come and enjoy a community day on this wonderful street; our shop and many others will be open!
To book a stall:
Pop into Rivka Jacobs Millinery on New Bridge Street
We can't wait to see you!
TODAY! Sat 15th Sep
Guess the name of the Cabin Boy and you could win a prize! It's 50p a go, in aid of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) for Exeter Pirate Day, a week on Saturday. Quick, pop instore before all the best names are taken!
There's a chance to win a bottle of bubbly (that's for the grown ups) or a pirate playset consisting of a treasure chest with a bit of loot and a convertible book/playmat/ship (for the not so grown ups).
Exeter Pirate Day falls on September 15th this year, when the local pirate fraternity come out to play in the City Centre and collect kind donations for the RNLI in return for a shanty or three. You can help give them a head start by trying your luck in this competition.
Pop instore to exchange a Piece of Eight (or 50p) for a chance to win. The list of names to choose from is inside and our Cabin Boy is looking forward to seeing you!
New Website Launched! Discount, anyone?
We have been working on our new website for around a year and we hope you think it's been worth it! To celebrate the hours and hours of hard work by all the team we are offering customers 10% off all purchases for a limited time only!! Use Discount Code NEW10 at the checkout.
As before, PayPal payments are a great way to keep your card details safe and secure (you don't need a PayPal account).
Once the Bank Holiday is over we anticipate that our new Worldpay payment facility will be up and running which is a terrific addition to the site.
Happy shopping... and remember to use your Discount Code NEW10!
Office and Exeter Fore Street Shop Summer Holiday
The Belt Makers is a family business and will be taking a brief holiday from August 11th to August 18th inclusive.
All other hours remain the same and the website will be open for business throughout.
If you have any enquiries, please drop us a line and we'll action it on our return.
Thanks very much for supporting our independent business!
The Belt Makers at Exeter Christmas Market
Exeter's hugely popular Christmas market on Cathedral Green will, for the first time, be operated by Exeter Cathedral themselves. This year, focusing on the West Front of the Cathedral, the market still has a ‘Continental’ feel but also enables customers to support local businesses and performers.
An exciting mix of local and continental traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts, will be open for the full market duration.
The Exeter Business Improvement District (BID) contains over 640 businesses and this year the Exeter BID teamed up with the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market to enable local business to operate at the market for a limited trading period, in the 'BID Village'. We are one of them and are very excited to be part of it. As ever, we will be able to accept cash, cards (including American Express) and of course the Exeter Pound, which only local independent businesses are able to be part of.
The Fore Street shop will be open as well during 2-17th December but will need to close between 12-1pm for changeover! Sorry for any inconvenience... we are happy to arrange for you to collect orders from us at the market, do please just let us know.