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83 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire BD18 3LR
17-08-2010 (updated on 18-05-2011)
Three floors of vintage and independent designers' goods, sourced with love and enthusiasm by the owner.
The ground floor hosts Bird Shell, vintage evening wear and day wear from all over the world, all with a special something.
Also on the ground floor are independent designers with separate booths. Currently in the shop are
- Beth Hirst Couture
- Zinc White
- One 4 Sorrow
- Fetasia Latex
- Maus Haus
- Dinky Pretty Things
- Amy Panda
- Anna and Jonah
- Hipper than Hip
- Paul Tipper
- Bee Anchor
- Perfectly Imperfect
On the first floor you'll find :
Kee's Boutique, vintage clothing and handmade clothing using vintage fabrics and patterns.
Life's Big Canvas - kitsch and recycled jewellery, paintings and handsewn monsters
Indie Cindy - a collection of the best independent design from around the UK, incluidng Kitschen Sink.
Parlour Millinery - hand crafted hats and fascinators, as well as children's clothing
On the top floor:
Afro Euro Salon - hairdresser specialising in hair extensions, weaves and wigs
Lisa Jayne Dann Boutique - high end independent designer
I'm sure you'll agree there's something for everyone there. Go and have a look round, and I'm sure, like me, you'll stay for hours.
83 Kirkgate, Birds Yard First Floor , Butterfly Attic, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7DJ
As the name suggests, this is like going into your mad Auntie's attic and seeing what she's been storing and hoarding for years! I love looking round this little nook, and seeing what treasures have been unearthed.
The owner is a delight to talk to - she's so friendly, without being pushy, and the second floor of Bird's Yard is all the better for having her in there
Queen Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 8HE
This is the sort of market you expect from a small town. It’s not perfect, it smells of fish (like every market) and the access is atrocious.
BUT they’ve got everything you might want. There’s a picture framer, a card shop, a second hand book shop, charity stalls, fruit and veg, handyman, pet shop…
If you live near Morley and there’s anything you need, you know you’ll find it here, even if it does smell.
117 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8DY
NB this is not on Albion St in Morley, it is on Albion St in the city centre
I’ve never been here in the evening, but I really like coming for lunch. The lunchtime menu is cheap, and the food is really good. The drinks can be pricey depending on what you order, but there’s a huge selection.
The toilets are the best thing ever - they’re shaped like a tiger paw!
80 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6LH
This is a really nice branch of Starbucks. It’s very well lit due to the big windows, and although it’s always busy, you don’t usually have to wait that long to be served. It’s also cleaner than other branches, presumably because it’s in the posh bit of Leeds.
Obviously all Starbucks serve exactly the same, so my major gripes with any of them is the high prices, and the fact I pay extra for soy milk.
48 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6AB
This is the Starbucks which is also in The Light. It is a long corridor type shop with two entrances.
I went here today, and didn’t think much to the service. I asked for a latte, and got a cappuccino - they offered to change it, but I was in a hurry, which is why I got it to go in the first place.
It really rankles with me that you have to pay for soy milk at Starbucks as well - why should I pay extra?
197 Woodhouse Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 2NY
Oblong is an excellent community resource centre near to Hyde Park. As soon as you walk in, you feel comfortable, and there’s plenty of things to get involved in.
For example, there is a bicycle maintenance workshop, an art group, computer lessons, and yoga classes. See their website for everything you can get involved in.
The co-op food group is a terrific idea too.
Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S9 1EP
Teeny tiny Thorntons. Just about everything is behind the counter, so you have to ask for everything, which is a pain! There’s hardly anything to browse through, and you’re always so close to the server that you feel like they’re watching your every move.
Friendly and helpful though, so not an entire waste of time, just not as big a range as other Thornton branches.
Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S9 1EP
Decent pizza restaurant, with a good meal deal at lunchtime - 2 courses and a drink for £10.
However, for a company that advertises itself as child friendly, they really need to sort out their service. We were waiting ages for the starter of doughballs for the children, and then they brought out the adult meals before the children’s! So the food was sitting in front of us, while the girls were saying how hungry they were and asking where their food was. Surely they could have swapped over the service?
All in all not bad, as the waitresses were perfectly lovely.
16 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 2AS
This is a great little cafe on Hyde Park corner.
They do a fantastic meal at lunchtime or a relaxed evening meal. I’ve had hot and cold food here, as well as huge chunks of beautifully moist cake.
They also have a massive selection of different drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
The decor is fantastic and kitsch, and although it looks small and intimate outside, there’s plenty of room inside - even if it is always packed out!