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January 9th, 2015 / / No Comments »

No visit to Manchester is complete without a trawl around Afflecks…where else can you shop for roller-boots, tattoos & top hats in one place!  This indoor market for the hip & trendy is located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter & whether you want to simply drink in the atmosphere or shop to your hearts content, it is well worth a visit.

Only a 5 minute walk from Manchester’s main shopping mall at the Arndale, a visit to Afflecks offers you a very different shopping experience plus it won’t break the bank.

 

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Afflecks; The History

Affleck & Brown was originally a drapery business that dates back to the 1860’s.  Whilst times have moved on, the building continues to thrive as a hub for inspiring entrepreneurs to display their creations.

Afflecks, (or Afflecks Palace as it was originally known), opened its doors in 1981 & has ever since been a popular destination for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Whilst some of us, (ahem), might associate Afflecks with the golden Manchester scene that was the Happy Mondays or the Stone Roses from the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, this fashion hub has managed to retain its influence and reputation among the young & trendy.

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Afflecks; What To Expect

The only thing to expect at Afflecks is the unexpected.

The warehouse-style building lends itself well to an alternative shopping experience with its myriad of passage ways, stairwells and corridors that takes you on a new journey into fashion & design with every turn. No two pitches are the same where vintage stalls can as easily be standing alongside a roller boot retailer, a record store or a gothic outfitters unit.

With a breath-taking range of fashion delights spilling over 3 floor, you can certainly loose an afternoon simply meandering amongst the stalls or stopping for a bite to eat.

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A typical Afflecks stairway

 

Afflecks; Tell Me Where

Afflecks can be found on Church Street in the Northern Quarter, (M4 1PW).  It is not particularly well signposted but well worth the find & you never know what you might end up leaving with!

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External shot of Afflecks

 

 

By Liz Walsh

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