In the face of shopping and eating chains, big name brands and dominating companies taking over our high streets, it's good to know that, in amongst the fantastic restaurants, brilliant pubs and bars and annual events that happen in the region, there's still room for smaller, independent businesses and events to thrive. That's right, Chorlton isn't the only place in Greater Manchester where you can shop for organic tofu and head out for a night of real ale. Indepence is doing very well, thank you, in Salford and close by in Prestwich, Bury.
So from pet shops to grocery stores, festivals to pubs, here are just 12 of many independently minded things to do in and around to Salford.
In 2013, Manchester International Festival and The Biospheric Foundation joined forces for The Biospheric Project, turning a run down factory on a Salford estate into an urban farm. Walk 78 steps from the project to the council block of Newbank Tower and you'll get to the shop, '78 Steps', which sells produce grown at and soruced by the Biospheric team.
A cooperative grocery store with a strong sense of ethics underpinning its entire operation, offering an alternative to the supermarkets, it aims to provide high quality food and goods which have been carefully sourced to ensure fair trade practices, compassionate rearing and minimum waste.
Salford Music Festival
Run by volunteers and featuring hundreds of bands playing over 4 days at various venues across the city, this superb event showcases bands you don't know and a few bands you do, (The Fall, anyone?). It's a not for profit organisation which aims to promote music and Salford.