Leeds can boast plenty of burgers joints and pubs selling locally-brewed beers, however one thing we're lacking is arts and crafts shops. Aside from the market stalls, there are very few places stocking the sort of haberdashery and supplies that eager craftsters and artists need to make their creations.
Luckily for us, Manchester institution Fred Aldous has crossed the Pennines to help Leeds folk get their craft on, promising that it has 'Everything you need to make anything you want.'
Fred Aldous has been going strong in Manchester for almost 130 years, with a reputation for selling excellent quality art and craft materials. They also collaborate with the local arts community and provide opportunities for creatives including artists, illustrators and designer.
The opening of the new Leeds store will allow them to broaden their reach, create new partnerships and support local creatives. It will be an ideal spot for students, artists and other makers and shakers to buy their supplies.
The new Fred Aldous shop will be located on the Kirkgate – the oldest street in Leeds – in a store that was once a warehouse that led to the creation of retail store Marks & Spencer's. A fitting spot for a company was such a vast history.
Leeds has gone from strength to strength in terms of nurturing creativity and we're certain that the new store will be a great addition to the city centre, and an inspiring cultural hub. It'll also be a fantastic place to get a quirky present for your crafty friends when you're feeling uninspired by the high street.
The store is already recruiting for staff so keep your eyes peeled for details on the store's opening and launch party.
Fred Aldous Leeds, 34 Kirkgate, LS2 7DR.
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