Victoria Centre marks Nottinghamshire Day by celebrating its ‘homegrown’ businesses
Nottingham’s leading retail destination, Victoria Centre, is marking the very first by celebrating the local talent on offer in the centre.
Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council, the event has been created to highlight and promote local businesses and organisations that help make up the identity, culture and local traditions of the county.
To mark the occasion and rally support from the Nottinghamshire community, Victoria Centre has compiled a list of its ‘homegrown’ retailers.
Speaking about Nottinghamshire Day, centre director, Nigel Wheatley, explains:
“As a Nottinghamshire-born man myself, I’m delighted there’s now an official day in the calendar to celebrate all that makes this county unique. It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of us to take stock, reflect on the difficulties we’ve come through, and celebrate together the strength and resilience of those living and working in Nottinghamshire.
“Victoria Centre is at the very heart of retail in Nottingham’s city centre, and we’re thrilled to provide our shoppers with access to a wide variety of unique, local retailers – from locally-made sweet treats and biscuits for our furry friends, to streetwear and home decor that’s one-of-a-kind, our Nottinghamshire retailers put a lot of pride into the goods and services they provide to deliver something truly special for our shoppers each time they visit.
“We’re also always on the look-out for ways we can support the wider community, and we hope this inaugural event will bring all Nottinghamshire residents together and encourage the community to support our homegrown retail talent, now and in the future.”
2 Magpies Design
For lovers of quirky, bright and unique interior design, 2 Magpies Design offers an Aladdin’s cave of individual, one-of-a-kind pieces. Located on the upper mall of Victoria Centre, 2 Magpies Design offers a bespoke sourcing service and tailored advice for those seeking bold and colorful designs.
With a background in art and design, owner Clare Newman sustainably upcycles furniture sourced from charity shops and auction houses and gives them a new lease of life.
Inspired by Nottingham designer Paul Smith’s ability to add a colourful twist to classic furnishings, 2 Magpies Designs specialises in eye-catching furniture, striking cushions and accessories that all embrace individuality.
To see everything this Nottingham designer has to offer, visit the store or click here.
Nottingham Street Food Club
With its promise of ‘Eat Global. Dine Local’, Nottingham Street Food Club brings shoppers the very best independent street food traders every weekend at Clocktower dining on the top floor of the Victoria Centre.
Owner and creative director, Nathaniel Coltrane Wilson opened Nottingham Street Food Club in April 2017, following a series of successful outdoor events held in the city centre. Since opening, the venue has generated over 1.5 million pounds for local independent Nottinghamshire businesses.
From Mexican tacos and traditional Indian street food, to mouth-watering brownies and the dirtiest burgers in town, with a rotating roster of vendors, there’s always something new – and delicious – on offer. Visit the website for more information on upcoming tasty treats, or head over to its Instagram page.
Treat Kitchen, owned by local family business TKK Confectionery, is home to sweet treats galore.
For co-owners and husband and wife duo, Jess and Martin Barnett, there’s deep Nottinghamshire family history in confectionery, with a Martin’s family making boiled sweets in the county since the 1890s.
The family-run business not only produces high quality and delicious treats, but also maintains a key focus on sustainability with 100 per cent recyclable packaging, working with local businesses to source its coffee, cake and ice cream, and supporting Nottinghamshire charities, partnering with Base 51, Double Impact and Radiant Cleaners to help local services.
From Mansfield-made toffee and classic chocolates, cacti, heart and tulip-shaped iced biscuits, and a range of vegan gummy sweets, Treat Kitchen is the perfect place to tempt those with a sweet tooth.
For the full-range of delicious offerings, visit the Treat Kitchen, located just inside Victoria Centre near the Lower Parliament Street entrance.
The Barkery by Frenchie Frenchie
Another new face at Victoria Centre, The Barkery by Frenchie and Frenchie, launched its first ever fully-stocked kiosk earlier this year.
Located on the shopping centre’s lower mall, The Barkery is packed with pawsome treats all homemade in the Nottinghamshire market town of Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Mansfield-based dog enthusiasts Arran Hoblin and his partner Liam Giles have cooked up delicious treats for pooches of all shapes and sizes. Bestsellers include WUFFles, the highly instagrammable doughnuts for dogs, WoofNUTs (available in 12 flavours), and a special range of dog-friendly traditional biscuits including fan-favourites like bourbons, custard creams and Jammie Dodgers, Lotus biscuits and Oreos.
To make your dog’s day, visit The Barkery team in the centre, or click here to see a selection of the goodies on offer.
Relic X Hooked
Changing the face of second-hand stores, Relic X Hooked is the hotspot for fans of vintage and unique, one-off pieces.
Nottingham-based vintage clothing brand Relic, run by local entrepreneurs Martha Hills and Conner Turner, has joined forces with trainer specialists Hooked, created by former Nottingham Trent University student, Daniel Wilmot.
Located next to the Emett Clock on the upper mall, the shop brings together resold, reused and exclusive sportswear, streetwear and shoes. Specialising in vintage sports teams and racing jackets, there are always new second-hand gems to be found in store.
Clean Cut Kitchen
The home of healthy indulgence, Clean Cut Kitchen delivers fresh, delicious and nutritious meals, giving Nottingham’s locals fast-food without any of the guilt.
One of its founders, Nottingham businessman Antonio Vendone, originally kickstarted the healthy cafe on Derby Road, before launching its second, recently revamped outlet at Clocktower dining on the centre’s upper mall.
There is a menu of bright and vibrant snacks and meals to choose from, including vibrant smoothie bowls and fresh salads, lean and juicy burgers to vegan ‘grill’-up breakfasts. With food this good, it’s guaranteed to brighten your day and your Instagram feed.
Nottingham students can also access 15% student discount. Visit the team instore and check out its Instagram page for more information and a sneak peak of the menu.