Based in the Scottish Borders village of St Boswells, The Mainstreet Trading Company is a destination in itself. Husband and wife team, Rosamund and Bill de la Hey, renovated the former auction house in 2008 to create a light and airy space filled with books and the smell of coffee. In 2012, they went on to create Mainstreet Deli & Home in a beautiful barn behind the main shop.


I visited the shop yesterday to buy some books for young teenagers. The girl who was serving was so helpful and I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with her knowledge of appropriate books for that age group. I’m always afraid of insulting young teens by giving them books recommended for younger readers but your lovely girl was able to tell me she had read some of the books and had enjoyed them even at her age. I will be back soon!

Kate Nicholson, email