For the first time in Brighton, for the whole of December, Department Store for the Mind will create a pop-up shop and space for discovering calm and sharing connection this Christmas.


We hear, almost everywhere now, about the need to de-stress, reconnect and remember to seek out moments of lightness and calm. There is much discussion and advice but few products that help to make the ideas real for the everyday person. Department store for the mind creates products that make it super simple to put the ideas into action each day.


“Your mind is precious…” says Ruth Williams, Brightonian psychologist and one of the two owners at Department store for the mind. “We have created pop-up events in London over the last two years. This year I am bringing our ideas home. The North Laines is a perfect spot for us with its buzzing creativity, appreciation of difference and openness to exploring the mind. I can’t wait to open!”


Department store for the mind’s products make particularly lovely gifts for those who want to find something meaningful and useful for the people they love.



Find our store at:

13 Trafalgar Street Brighton East Sussex BN1 4EQ

Opening times

We open on Saturday 2nd December and our final day of trading is Christmas Eve.

Open every day 10am – 6pm


What’s happening in store?

Throughout the whole month of December, you will find space on the lower floor that is open to anyone who would like to take a moment to relax and re-charge.


Choco pause

Free hot chocolate (of the best and most nourishing kind) with guidance from Meredith Whitely of Food at Heart on how to indulge all of your senses and create a mindful moment during a busy shopping day. Tea will also be available.

Space to think

A cosy corner with soft lighting, comfy chairs and a little reading material, where busy shoppers can take time to relax and gently unwind.

The Slow Shopping Guide

An illustrated guide, displayed in store and available online, to help with slowing down and savouring the little joys throughout the holiday season.

Book signing - Meet the authors of ‘Walking in the rain’ and ‘Washing up is good for you’ and receive a personalised signed copy. More authors from the Aster imprint are to be confirmed.

A Wonder Walk with Clare Barry. A 45-minute mindful stroll for frazzled urbanites. No raisins, no sitting still – just noticing our surroundings and making space for more joy and peace in a city addicted to speed. Urban Curiosity is a creativity and wellness company that helps busy people slow down and see things differently. Find out more and book here.