I don’t often make new years resolutions, but one change I’m trying to stick to this year is buying from my local independent businesses. As one of said businesses, it’s important I give back.
When PinkMedia asked if I’d like to join them at their first Bloggers Social of the year I jumped (and screamed with excitement) at the chance. I haven’t attended a bloggers event since the good old beauty days five years ago, so it was lovely to have my little blog recognised in it’s new family friendly form.
The invitation was to Liverpool city centres newest opening, Merseymade, home to “Merseysides best creatives.”
Makers Market made easy
A bright, open space, a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool One, Merseymade is the chance to shop from your favourite Makers Market sellers 7 days a week. All located within 50 miles of the store.
I began the night by exploring the 70 artists’ work on sale in the store, and I could of spent a fortune! It’s the sort of place you’ll find unique presents for your loved ones (and yourself!) for any age and every occasion.
The spacious event and studio space is on the mezzanine level, overlooking the Gordon Smith Café below.
Stitch the night away
I began in the event space with Diane from Stitchscape and Pam from Gladys and Gertie, for a sewing workshop. Given that I haven’t touched a sewing machine since GCSE Textiles (where my teacher had to do my coursework for me!!) I didn’t have much confidence in excelling in our task!
But, it just shows you what the right teacher can do- my patchwork heart flag isn’t too bad at all!
The Merseymade team have lots of ideas for upcoming events in the space, but it’d also be perfect for meetings, presentations and private functions.
Food even Mary Berry would be proud of
Before moving onto my second workshop, we headed down to the Gordon Smith Café (named after the Gordon Smith Institute for Seamen which was originally housed in the building) where WI Cook of the Year and Bake Off’s Yasmin Limbert created the most delicious halloumi fries, cheese scones with brie, blind scouse and salted caramel cheesecakes. Like everything else in the store, all ingredients are sourced locally and within 50 miles of Liverpool.
The café space is stylish, open and welcoming. The stack of clean, pristine highchairs and space for a bulky pram obviously appealed to my mummy brain, and I can imagine bringing Ace here wouldn’t leave my palms sweaty with anxiety, like they can be in other establishments. Plus they serve their own bespoke blend of Neighbourhood Coffee, ideal for the morning after a sleepless night!
Maybe I am an artist after all
Onto the second workshop of the night- painting! Not another one of my strengths, even though I do have ‘artist’ in my job title! Thankfully Jessica Slack inspired me to pick up my pencil and sketch the array of flowers I saw before me, before mixing my colour palette and adding life to my ‘painting’. I found this task so therapeutic, and I’d be first in the queue for Jessica’s Prosecco and Painting nights when they launch.
I also found myself pretty impressed with my creation. Maybe I deserve the artist part of my title after all?
I ended the evening with a tour around the artist studios with artist Sophie Green.
Here they work on a daily basis creating items for the shop and personal commissions. It’s such an inspiring space and having the chance to meet and chat to the artist of your latest print, lampshade or greetings card is such a rarity. You can practically feel the passion for shopping independently seeping through the pores of every wall.
A personalised goody bag was the perfect touch to end such an inspiring evening, and I certainly left excited to visit again with Ace in tow.
If you are in Liverpool city centre, please consider Merseymade for your coffee kick, lunchtime date or gift purchasing. And you never know, you might even see me whilst you’re there.
For Merseymade’s latest events please click here.