Our virtual shop live from Manchester

Here we go. A little display shop of things that caught our eyes in car boot sales, or other sorts of used, second-hand, retro or vintage markets. Things that we admire and love, and that we think would be great to be given as gifts.

We are based in Manchester, an amazing city, just perfectly scaled to be liveable and to be enjoyed, and filled with great and creative people.

We have a few favourite places that we cannot recommend enough, and we want to share them here. For those of you that live in Manchester, probably the Northern Quarter, which represents the city centre, and Chorlton, a charming village/suburb, need no further introduction. These areas are full of quirky independent shops, carefully thought cafes and pubs, and tasty restaurants. For NQ there is even a dedicated website: http://northernquartermanchester.com/  Among our favourites in NQ are Matt and Phreds, for jazz and good-feeling, Marble pub&brewery, for meeting friends, Piccadilly Records, for the latest records, Incognito, for Impossible instant films compatible with classic Polaroid cameras, and Al-Faisal Indian takeaway, for a quick and spicy bite on the green plastic eatery style seats, and Mr. Scruff’s own Teacup Kitchen. For tasty grease food, in a true American cafeteria inspired design, try the Koffee Pot. A true island in NQ, but not in the sun, is the most often live singing pub called the Millstone, populated by an interesting mix of veterans and other types of happy and social people. Has to be experienced to be believed.

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Friends at Marble                                                                                 Koffee Pot diner

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Scenes and details from NQ

Close to NQ, for walk in an area with rich industrial history and ambitious regeneration plans, you can explore Ancoats. Famous for cotton factories, tower blocks, and Sankeys, which is a worthy successor to legendary Hacienda.

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View over Ancoats

As you will leave NQ to cross Oldham Road and go into Ancoats, don’t forget to check the big equalizer on Band on the Wall, live venue and Manchester institution. It definitely uplifts your spirit and will always match the music in your headphones.

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Band on the Wall equalizer

Also, a much loved place is the Cornerhouse, right in front of Oxford Road train station, great for independent films, contemporary art and for socializing. Also for admiring the neon lighted panel for displaying movie title, which has a charmingly retro look. Great places to take your loved one, and why not, to share gifts.

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Night and day at Cornerhouse, featuring the retro cinema panel

Countless other great places are to be found in Manchester, but about those, in a future post.

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