Stores like Cow Vintage, Blue Rinse, and Pop Boutique, not to mention the numerous charity shops and pop-ups that line Oldham Street, have turned that corner of town into a haven for lovers of the fashions of yesteryear.
But now there’s a new outpost in the heart of Chinatown – and it’s possibly the most stylish, charming vintage store in the city yet.
Stare Society opened last December, and has put some serious effort into both sourcing the items it sells, and decorating the space it sells them from.
Tucked away up a flight of stairs in a corner unit above Red Chilli, you’ve probably walked straight past it a dozen times already.
But glance up above the long-standing Chinese restaurant and you’ll notice a slowly rotating disco ball in the window, giving just a taste of all the treats in store.
Venture inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right back in time to the 1970s, greeted by the sound of Fleetwood Mac being piped through the speakers (the legendary group are also the stars of a huge framed photo above the fireplace inside).
Stare Society is decorated to the nines – fringed lampshades, rattan screens, glitter ball plant pots, guitars, and a huge leopard print chaise lounge in the window, draped in retro-printed cushions, vinyl records and vintage hats.
There are 1970s-inspired scented candles named things like Cherry Bomb, Tiny Dancer and Rebel Rebel, and all sorts of knick-knacks (sunglasses, tiny mirrors, antique glassware) hailing back to the glory days of rock n roll.
Then there’s the clothes – racks full of leather jackets, leopard-print furry coats, and fringed suede waistcoats.
Retro t-shirts with contrasting collars, with ‘Manchester 1970’ and ‘Chinatown 1970’ scrawled across them.
Cowboy boots painted with stars, piles of colourful felt berets, and loudly-patterned blouses.
The space is so beautiful, it’s actually available to hire, for things like photoshoots and private events, with a vision to host intimate gigs inside in the future.
Stare Society joins the booming vintage scene in Manchester, like Bare Necessities, the online giant that recently hosted a pop-up store on High Street that everyone lost their minds over.
You’ll find Stare Society at 20 Nicholas Street on the edge of Chinatown in Manchester.
Featured image: The Manc Group
IKEA has brought back its viral ‘flat-pack’ chocolate bunny for Easter
IKEA has brought back its ‘flat pack’ chocolate bunny this Easter after it went viral and flew off the shelves last year.
The Swedish furniture giant is well-known across the world for being the home of affordable flat-pack furniture, and this is probably why shoppers rushed to praise the retailer for being so brilliantly on-brand when it launched a chocolate treat that you have to assemble yourself last Easter.
With Easter only a couple of weeks away now, shop shelves are filled with a wide range of themed chocolate treats to satisfy those sugar cravings.
Back by popular demand, and once again available for a limited-time only, the VÅRKÄNSLA is a self-assembly three-piece milk chocolate bunny – which, unlike a lot of other IKEA creations, requires absolutely no tools to put it together.
The chocolate bunny is a fun alternative to the traditional Easter egg, and is made using only certified cacao from sustainable sources.
According to a product description on the IKEA website, the chocolate bunny contains a minimum of 30% cocoa, and once it’s been put together, can either be used as Easter decoration, or you can just eat straight away if it’s too tempting to wait.
The best bit? In typical IKEA fashion, it’ll only set you back an affordable £3.95.
The VÅRKÄNSLA is just one of many alternative treats on the market at the moment for those looking for something a little different to chocolate this Easter – with the Easter egg made entirely out of two different types of cheese being one of the most popular.
The VÅRKÄNSLA is currently available both online and at IKEA stores nationwide while stocks last, and you can find out more and grab yours here.
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Aldi is closing hundreds of its UK stores this Easter bank holiday to give staff a day off
Aldi has announced that it will be closing hundreds of its stores across the UK over Easter to give staff a well-earned day off.
With schools soon to be out nationwide, and a couple of bank holidays right on the horizon, Aldi has revealed its opening times for the extended Easter weekend next month, and it includes shutting up shop at hundreds of its stores across the UK for the day to give its hardworking staff the break they deserve.
The budget supermarket retailer has confirmed that over 890 Aldi stores in England and Wales will be open until 10pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, so that shoppers have a final chance to pick up any last-minute Easter eggs, hot cross buns, and Easter roast essentials.
However, just like in previous years, these stores will be closed on Easter Sunday so that staff can relax and spend quality time with their families.
Stores will be open until 8pm on Easter Monday, and then back to normal the following day.
As mentioned, this isn’t the first time Aldi has closed its doors to customers on bank holidays in previous years, taking a similar decision back in 2022 and 2021 – with the latter year perhaps most needed as a break from the hectic working environments and schedules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aldi has over 990 stores across the UK, and employees more than 42,000 people.
In other Easter-related news, Aldi also put out a call for chocolate lovers to lend a hand earlier this month, as it’s currently on the look out for three lucky people to take on the “egg-stra special job” of Chief Easter Egg Taster.
Calling it “the job of a lifetime”, the retailer explains that its Chief Easter Egg Tasters will each receive an abundance of Aldi’s new Easter eggs to taste-test in exchange for providing the retailer with exclusive reviews of the range.