COMING SOON: A ’90s Blockbuster-themed cocktail bar is opening in Manchester
Blockbuster has arisen… Kind of
The Northern Quarter will soon be welcoming a cocktail bar dedicated entirely to the wonderfully nostalgic Blockbuster.
Now, the blue and yellow emblazoned film rental shop played a huge role in the childhoods of all those born in the ’90s and ’00s; to this very day, there’s nothing quite as exciting as trailing up and down the rows of VHS’ and DVDs ahead of the family film night.
And, while we’re spoiled for choice these days thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, they simply haven’t matched that nostalgic Blockbuster feeling.
Sadly, it was these streaming services that saw the permanent closure of Blockbuster, with the last one in Manchester’s Fallowfield closing for good in 2013.
But the Northern Quarter might just have the next best thing; a cocktail bar themed around the retro film rental shop. As I said, it’s literally the next best thing.
It’s early days and not much is known about Blockbusters NQ just yet, but what we do know is that it’s taken over the old Tony & Guy unit down Oldham Street and transformed it into the nostalgic cocktail bar of our dreams.
The finer details surrounding what exactly this bar will be offering are yet to be disclosed but, considering it is coming from the people behind South African restaurant Chakalaka, we can expect some seriously good stuff.
Will there be popcorn? Will retro films be played on a loop? Will cocktails be served in empty VHS cassettes? The possibilities are endless.
Blockbusters NQ is expected to be opening at some point in the new year, so make sure to follow them on Instagram for news and updates.
The Black Friar hosting HUGE Easter egg hunt to raise money for kid’s cancer charity
This looks eggcellent!
The Black Friar is hosting an Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ family-fun day with plenty of child friendly activities and a spring menu for all to enjoy.
The Black Friar pub in Salford will be holding an Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ family-fun day next month in their award-winning spring garden.
The jam-packed, fun-filled day will take place on Saturday April 8th between 10am and 2pm, with two time slots available to book at the historic landmark, located on the corner of Blackfriars Road.
The day will be in support of Kidscan, a local children’s cancer research charity, also based in Salford. Kidscan invests in research dedicated to either improving existing treatments for childhood cancers, developing new drug delivery systems, or finding the next generation of targeted treatments.
The Black Friar wrote: “We’re extremely grateful and excited to be working with this wonderful charity – we hope your support will aid and raise more awareness of their work.”
The event will include a chocolate Easter egg hunt, kids’ DJ, charity tombola, bubble blowing, arts and crafts table, face painting and more, all aimed to keep your little ones entertained while you enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather in the Black Friar’s lovely spring garden.
The outdoor kitchen and bar will be open serving freshly made flatbreads, breakfast rolls, juices and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages — in case you feel like treating yourself to a little tipple over the long weekend.
Bookings are also available for lunch if you want to make a day of it and enjoy the spring a la carte menu.
Dishes on the seasonal menu will include crispy pork belly with pineapple, slaw and commit fat chips, braised octopus, black eyed bean and chorizo feijoada and pimiento, and spinach and seitan cannelloni with salsa verde, and a pine nut, lemon and herb crumb – plus its famous pies.
There’s also a ‘little tuckers’ kids’ menu with favourites like mac and cheese, chipolatas, nachos and chocolatey desserts. The Black Friar wrote: “Bring your bunnies down for a hopping good time at our jam-packed family-fun day!”
Book your tickets here.
Date: Saturday 8 April
Venue: The Black Friar Salford
Times: Either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm
Price: £3 adults, £2 kids
Celebrate the mums in your life with something special from Selfridges this Mother’s Day
Hurry, it’s not too late to sort something special for Mother’s Day!
For this Mother’s Day celebrate the mums in your life with a special gift or experience at Selfridges.
Selfridges, based in both Manchester’s Exchange Square and the Trafford Centre, has it all covered with a range of ideas to suit every mother figure this March 19th.
At Selfridges Exchange Square you can shower her with love by gifting her a special bouquet of seasonal blooms. Frog Flowers — with a shop based in the Northern Quarter — will be selling a variety of beautiful bunches perfect for gifting from now until Sunday 19th.
If you want to treat yourself or the mother figure in your life there’s a Beauty and Fragrance Workshop from now until Saturday 18th with some of the best-loved brands. On Friday 17th you can celebrate with Armani for a Spring Glow Masterclass, starting from 12.30pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.
To introduce the new launch of My Way Parfum — an extension of one of its bestselling fragrances — the designer brand will be showcasing a fresh spring look inspired by the bottle and the iconic Armani glow products, including its brand-new eye tints.
Tickets are £10. (Please note, the price of your ticket is fully redeemable against products purchased on the day). Please call 0161 838 0613 to book now.
On Saturday 18th, Dior city artist Vicky O’Connor will be hosting a masterclass showcasing the new Dior collection along with a Fragrance Experience to celebrate Mother’s Day. A soft everyday look will be created using nude and rose tones.
The glow-up will be linked with Dior Prestige Skincare, using rose at its heart and inspired by the relaunch of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet fragrance packaging. Tickets are £35. (Please note, the price of your ticket is fully redeemable against any products purchased on the day). Please call 0161 838 0636, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book now.
You can book online for any of the events held at Selfridges Exchange Square here.
Selfridges at the Trafford Centre will also be holding Beauty and Fragrance Workshops using some favourite brands, available now until Saturday 18th.
On Friday 17th at 3pm, head over to Keihl’s and discover the famous pharmacy-feel skincare products. Learn all about the natural and effective formulas of favourite products, including the Midnight Recovery and Super Multi Corrective collection. Tickets are £10 and fully redeemable against any Kiehl’s products. Call 0161 629 1146 to book now.
Musical entertainment will be playing from 12-5pm, creating an upbeat shopping experience with a DJ set across the accessories and beauty department, while you shop ‘til you drop over the Mother’s Day weekend.
It’s not Mother’s Day without perfectly picked blooms so you’ll be pleased to hear the Frog Flowers are also found on the lower level, supplying some of the most exquisite blooms to make her feel special and appreciated.
The ‘new mum’ experience will include a day of pampering and much needed ‘you time’, plus the chance to buy something special for your little one.
You can enjoy a personalised blow-dry in your preferred style at natural hair care brand Aveda, a luxurious facial by the experts at Dermalogica, and a one-on-one consultation with a children’s brand specialist and £50 gift card. Price: £135. Book now here.
And, if you’re looking for something to do together — held at both its Exchange Square and Trafford Centre stores — Selfridges is offering a Beauty Concierge for Mother’s Day. The Mum and Me package will cost £80 for 1hour 30minutes. So you can make the day extra special with a makeover for you and your lovely mum. You can book this now here.
Hurry, it’s not too late to sort something special for Mother’s Day!
Sneaker festival with ‘rarest and most exclusive’ trainers happening this weekend
Grab a ticket and check out the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers and streetwear!
Crepe City Sneaker Festival lands in Manchester this weekend — hurry, there’s still some tickets left!
The huge selection of top brands will certainly impress as you can expect to see the best trainer vendors from around the city, bringing with them some of the most exclusive and rare sports shoes and streetwear you can find to Trafford Park on Sunday 19th March.
Throughout the day, guests will enjoy the ultimate shopping experience with a live guest host and DJs pumping out the tunes while you browse in style.
The day will also include a bar to quench your thirst, and local street food vendors supplying a variety of tasty goods for you to sink your teeth into while you shop til you drop.
The official event page reads: “The Crepe City Sneaker Festival returns to Manchester! Expect to see the city’s best sneaker vendors bringing the rarest and most exclusive pairs of sneakers as well as the hottest in streetwear.
“You can also find some of the best and most varied street food on site, as well as live performances and a DJ playing throughout the day. There’s a good reason Crepe City is the leading sneaker event in Europe. Get your tickets for the Crepe City Manchester Sneaker Festival!”
Crepe City will make its return to Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park on Sunday March 19th, 12-5pm. Standard tickets cost £12.50, get yours while you can HERE.