The arcade was restored and refurbished in 1993. In keeping with its tight, narrow spaces, shops in Thornton's arcade tend to be small speciality shops, sometimes arranged over several floors. Among the highlights are:
- Indigo - Handbags and accessories at No. 22
- The Pen Shop Writing accessories at No. 20
- OK Comics Well known to collectors, this comic book store at No. 19 is more like a comfortable reading room than a typical comics shop.
- Yum Yum Beads Ltd As the name suggests, a really delicious selection of beads, chains, clasps and jewelry-making findings at No. 3.