IOTA was founded in 1998 in a tiny unit at the back of Bristol’s renowned St Nicholas Market. Right from the start our mission was simple: to sell lovely things at affordable prices. And we quickly became a regular port of call for lots of Bristolians, knowing that IOTA was the perfect place to find that elusive present (for someone else or for themselves).


When we moved to Gloucester Road we helped to make it the independent retail destination that it is today. And we had more space to sell nice things, whilst sticking to our tried and tested formula: we only stock things that owner Meibh O’Connor would give house room to, and only sell things at sensible prices. 


That means that IOTA is not a shop that sells one particular thing. We sell stuff Meibh likes, whether it’s eco-friendly homewares, jewellery from local makers, divine dressing gowns or prints from Britain’s most stylish designers. We also have Bristol’s best range of greetings cards, and a variety of books (you can just display them on your coffee table if you like, but they’re actually also really interesting).


Because our range is constantly changing, we have a lot of regular customers who pop in regularly to see what’s changed and what’s new. Since the rise of social media, those from further away can keep up with what’s happening on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. And with our new webshop [make clickable to webshop page], customers can now also buy some of our more popular lines from the comfort of their own sofa.


20 years on, IOTA remains what we always envisioned it to be when we started: the sort of shop we’d like to shop in, and the sort of shop where you know there’s a present waiting to happen. Come and see us soon!