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Introducing Old Town General Store

Like many other indie shops, on Wednesday December 2nd Old Town General Store in Stockport will joyfully open its doors to customers again. Unlike most of its shop mates, the store was first launched at the end of October and was open for just a few days before the second lockdown. Gulp.

In today’s blog, the store owner Tony tells us why he set up shop in the middle of a pandemic, why quality socks could be on everyone’s Christmas list this year and what’s kept him going through this rollercoaster we call 2020…

Tony outside Old Town General Store in Stockport.
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Introducing Be Diddy

Founded in 2020, Be Diddy serve up a carefully curated selection of children’s clothes with a focus on vintage, well-made, sustainable items that are functional and stylish.

No surprise then to often find Be Diddy’s founder Kayleigh buried under a pile of mini Carhartt dungarees in her Manchester studio, Brothers & Sisters dig her out to find out how her passion for quality, sustainable clothes has quickly built a bonny Be Diddy following.

Be Diddy’s Kayleigh in the studio
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Give Handmade this Christmas & Support Manchester Makers

On December 2nd one of the Northern Quarter’s catalyst spaces, Manchester Craft & Design Centre, will welcome back fans of beautiful and handmade gifts.

In this week’s blog Kate Day, the Centre’s Director, shines a light on the community of talented craft makers based in the old Victorian market building and explains how we can support them by pledging to ‘Give Handmade this Christmas’.

Kate Day, Director of Manchester Craft & Design Centre