28th December 2013
Greetings from Unique Wakefield & a warm welcome to this review of 2013.
Unique Wakefield is about people who enjoy independent places to eat, drink, shop & relax in Wakefield. The shops, salons & foodie stops. We believe small business offers a more intimate & friendly atmosphere, where you can find unique goods, specialist services & enjoy locally produced food.
Unique Wakefield is proud to be part of the UK’s shop small, shop local movement (this says it all - courtesy of Totally Locally).
Wakefield’s small business community helping each other
The Unique Wakefield Guide has been a great way to promote independent places in our fab little City (more on this below) and we hope it helps signpost people to their local places - 'Get into Wakefield' and 'Step Inside' independent places!
Unique Wakefield started out as a keep in touch group in 2011 with 2 founding members and now has around 60 places on it’s mailing list - by taking time to walk, getting to know people.
Looking back on Unique Wakefield aims it’s nice to see the good things that have happened this year...
We have ...
Unique Wakefield Guide – 2nd issue
Earlier this year we were busy developing and distributing a new Unique Wakefield guide. A lot of thought went into the design and layout to make it handy and enjoyable to use. It features 26 independent places and also a street map showing where they are all are - Brook Street, Bond Street, Northgate, Wood Street, Cross Square, The Ridings ...
Please download a copy here www. uniquewakefield.co.uk
Thank you all !!
Wood Street Markets
For most of the Summer this year I have volunteered time along with other local businesses and individuals to help organise community-led Wood Street Market events - smoothing the way, speaking to local people, encouraging creative thinking and setting up the event days.
It has been a pleasure to see how the market has evolved and grown from a handful of ideas into a series of events with a tangible feel good factor.
- everyone has played a part and helped make the Wood Street Market events so enjoyable for everyone giving them a
unique, quirky DIY feel. Thank you!!
... and of course Pop Ups!
This year out of WSM has also been launched the Wood Street Artwalk fringe events, and popup art space in conjunction with the Arthouse including Corner 165 Studio's 'Wood Street Arts Club'. This space has seen life drawing classes, art skills workshops, poetry nights and the return of the Scratching Pup popup bar all appearing on Wood Street in the Autumn.
> Darren Bailey of Architecture 1B (the event manager and driving force behind the market and popup activity on Wood Street) & fellow WSM organiser Dawn Scott of Satori Complementary Therapy
> Dayv Smif who has programmed the music and performance
> Natalie Liddle & Robin Goodall of art & framing business Corner 165 Studio who have set up the Wood Street Arts Club, and the amazing popup art gallery at Merchant Gate
> Kevin Trickett for advice, planning and promotion and treasurer Jean of Wakefield Civic Society
> John Welding for recording an illustrative diary of the July market
> Help from friends and family and also Charlotte North of Emmeline’s Attic and Natalie Liddle from Corner 165 for display ideas and from Lucy North, Amy Lilley, Helen Field, Amy Cooper, Hazel Birdsall and Helen Thomas who helped make decorations, signage and helped set up on the days
> Woodhead Investments, Vickers Carnley and Merchant Gate who loaned commercial space
> Council markets department for advice and supply of market stalls
> Wakefield Express who gave the market fantastic and positive coverage
> Statement Digital who have generously sponsored the Wood Street Market website
> Wakefield Visitor Centre and Experience Wakefield who supported us with marketing, planning, with distributing leaflets and so many tweets!
... and of course thanks to all the many people who came along to enjoy a nice afternoon out in Wakefield.
They have been lovely community events. Thanks to all!!!
We think 2013 has been a really positive year for creativity and community in Wakefield.
Before we sign off we would like to say a big welcome to new places - the Time Bakery and Coffee Shop at Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, IndiaCoco childrenswear retailer on Wood Street (both of which literally 'tested the market' at Wood Street Markets in the Summer before deciding to open shops in Wakefield. Also, now open Prestige Gowns who have opened on Northgate and more recently Marmalade Tearooms on Cross Square.
All great quality local places - pop in and say hello!
‘Thanks for your support this year and we look forward to welcoming you to unique Wakefield in 2014!’
Most looking forward to in 2014
> As a shareholder in Unity Hall I am looking forward to when it opens for public use again
> It would be great to see even more independent places opening in Wakefield
> More quality community events
> More from Wakefield Jelly where people can co-work making it easier for freelancers and small businesses to work together and share ideas
> More action on tidying, renovating and letting empty properties
> More popup activity making use of empty space
Local business? Get involved!
‘We would love more unique local places to get involved – get in touch on our social media pages or email
This blog was written by Sarah White