Although there are a few 'chain' examples dotted about, you'll find many independent shops in the area. Halesworth itself is full of independent shops whether Delis & Bakeries, Vintage & Antiques and a well-known Toy Shop and likewise a Shoe Shop.  The pedestrianised Thoroughfare makes shopping easy and pleasurable. 

The market towns beyond such as Bungay, Beccles and Southwold primarily host independent shops to enjoy browsing. 

Snape Maltings is a great shopping destination too.