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Adidas Launches Stockport Trainer

Adidas Launches Stockport Trainer

Adidas launches its very first Stockport inspired shoe – Jump in to read more.

Notion, Stockport

Notion, Stockport

Dive bar, Deep South American bar menu, and quality spirits.

Dr Feelgood’s Stockport

Dr Feelgood’s Stockport

Dr Feelgood’s is the latest establishment brought to the Stockport food and drink scene by Joseph Patton – the man behind The Cracked Actor, The Glass Spider and Breaking Glass Bottle. 

As the town centre night time economy continues to flourish there was an obvious gap for live music venues. 

Dr Feelgood’s, based in the marketplace, answers the call and has set up an almost Northern Quarter style gig venue. Upon entry there is an instant feeling that connects you to the atmosphere of the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. 

Nothing fancy, neon lights, concrete floors, open brick, dimmed lights and glam rock tracks. The steel tables look they have been designed to withstand the weight of people stood on them screaming the chorus to a variety of Queen tracks. 

There are also a number of vintage style games to play including football tables and pin ball machines – something the town centre does not offer anywhere else. 

The addition of bifold doors and outdoor seating makes the space feel open, spacious and transparently lively. 

On to the good stuff.. The drinks – there is a variety of edgy beers on offer including the likes of Tiny Rebel, Pump up the Jam and Rattle Snake. There is also a classic gig favourite on draft, Red Stripe – it’s one of those beers that means you know you are about to see a live band.

For those looking for something a little less hoppy there is an extensive collection of eccentric cocktails including the Funky Flamingo. 

Dr Feelgood’s also does food with an in-house team of cooks, bakers and deep fat friars. The food offering ranges from interesting pizzas, huge burgers and wings, wings and more wings. There are a number of vegan options too – something we are yet to try but it’s on our to do list! 

If you are looking for a night of great music, interesting drinks and a solid atmosphere Dr Feelgood’s is going to be your new home. We guarantee it. 

Stockport Town Centre’s Best Outdoor Drinking Spots

Stockport Town Centre’s Best Outdoor Drinking Spots

We have put together a list of bars that have outdoor seating and that are currently open in Stockport Town Centre!

German Doner Kebab

German Doner Kebab

If you are a fan of kebabs… This article is a must read!

Why we love Stockport, and so should you

Why we love Stockport, and so should you

Stockport has a perception. It’s had one for a while: unfavourable, forgotten, derelict and declining, the weak younger sibling of the nearby Manctopia.

Towns located near big cities often get pitied for being so close to success and are always by popular opinion almost doomed to fail.

Yes, Stockport has its die-hard fans that have stuck by it through its hardships. Those people should be honoured for their commitment to supporting Stockport. 

But there is no denying that Stockport’s had some negative connotations – denying that would be rose-tinted at best. 

Despite this, there is a feeling of change in the air. A progressive attitude, one that seems to grow with every flight that glides over our town. 

Things that once felt like negatives are no longer so – the noise of consistent flights, the A6 thats cuts through the spine of the town or the M60 that bypasses it. Our location is our friend, it’s our personality, it’s interlocked into our history and part of its future.

We are 7 mins from the city by train, we are located on multiple junctions of a thundering carriage way, we are 20 mins from a worldwide airport hub and 20 minutes from the dramatic Peak District landscape.  

Despite anything else that list of convenient circumstances should make you consider our town. Whether that be a place to call home, a space to set up your business or a location to look for work. 

Stockport however, is greater than its geographic and complimentary infrastructure. It has a heart, a visceral set of collective spaces that would be prized in the European countries that we travel to visit. 

Stockport Marketplace has arguably one of the most enticing streetscapes in the North West. Set with the backdrop of a dominating, yet beautiful,  gothic church and anchored by the Victorian market hall that stands so proudly almost as beacon of hope. 

Adjacent lies the flowing narrow streets of the Underbanks, with its undulating brows, peaks and interesting hidden passageways. As heritage funding begins to trickle into this historic street, positivity continues to flow. Every new set laid, every building brought back to life and every passerby  listing the memories of these spaces with nostalgic precision. 

Weaved into this beautiful and chaotic regeneration sits the small businesses that have committed to Stockport. Passionate people who believe in the towns future and aren’t afraid to share it.  The plant sellers, record stores, niche magazine collectors, indie clothing distributors and a sprinkling of pubs, bars, food halls and restaurants. 

These people are central to the change taking place: the mavericks who took the plunge when friends asked why. It is through these dreamers we should take great comfort in the town’s future.

Not only that but monumental change is around the corner. Stockport bus station is to be transformed into a new state of the art transport interchange topped with a brand new urban park. Merseyway is to be brought to life with vast investment and Stockport Exchange continues on its path to creating a corporate quarter for larger businesses with aspirations to grow. 

Stockport of course has its issues like any town or city across the country, but the continued optimism is catching on. 

The next stage for Stockport is building the homes for the people that have caught the bug. The focus should be on sustainability, green space and a diverse set of housing types. It’s in diversity that we can compete and win against our nearby neighbours. 

With Stockport West and its 3,500 homes coming over the horizon, the potential redevelopment of the large Sainsbury’s site, the towers being built on underused car parks and other areas becoming available – we are on the right track. 

Despite the barrage of negative statements littered in the comments sections across social media and the often relentless slurs of negative stories splashed in the press. We. Us. Stockport. Our town. Continues to progress. 

We are a sleeping giant, gradually awakening by the roar of the not so inconspicuous Emirates Dreamliner. We can all rest easy knowing that those negative comments are starting to fade and it’s not if those perceptions change, it’s simply when. 

Stockport isn’t dying; it’s evolving, changing and adapting to a new generation of ideas. 

We’ve built Stop in Stockport to an audience of over 28,000 people on social media. Reaching over 100,000 people a month. We’ve done it through listening, sharing, joking and documenting Stockport’s transformation with transparent positivity and we want to thank you for being part of the journey that’s got us here. 

Vive la Stockport. 

10 Reasons to be Excited about Stockport Underbanks

10 Reasons to be Excited about Stockport Underbanks

A lot is happening on one of Stockport’s favourite streets. Jump in to find out more about this amazing transformation!

10 Stockport Indie Shops You Should Know About

10 Stockport Indie Shops You Should Know About

We’ve put together a list of some fantastic local indie businesses right here in Stockport town centre. Jump in, find out more and then pay them a visit.

6 Stockport Brands to Watch

6 Stockport Brands to Watch

We’ve put together a list of some our favourite brands coming out of Stockport – ranging from fashion, alcohol & wellbeing products – we have to do all we can in the current environment to support local makers & creators anyway we can!

 

 

1 – Over the County Culture 

Over the County Culture are a team of local creatives whom passion for Stockport County combined with an interest in design and fashion has resulted in the creation of a line of tees, hats and badges. Currently a local hype about these creators – we recently ran a competition on instagram to win one of their fantastic tees and the interest was overwhelming! Click here to find out more!

2 – Thirst Class Ale

Based in Reddish these fantastic local micro brewers have been creating handcrafted beers right here in Stockport since 2014. The team at Thirst Class Ale have grown from strength to strength and are now supplying many establishments across the borough and beyond. If you are looking to snaffle yourself a can or two the following town centre locations stock their beers: Petersgate Tap, The Magnet, Produce Hall, Remedy Bar & many more!

3 – Millshed

Millshed is a handcrafted leather goods brand based right here in Stockport. With a select number of products ranging from holdalls, wallets, purses & more this micro brand really is all about creating high quality and sustainable items. If you want to find out more click here! 

4 – Stockport Gin

The Romiley couple behind Stockport Gin have created a fantastic local gin that is widely known across the borough. With partnerships including Stockport County and Selfridges this local brand is clearly on the up! If you are looking to grab a bottle you can either visit a local stockists, ask for it in your local (and hope they have it) or visit them at Stockport or Cheadle Makers Market. If all else fails head over to their website. Click here to find out more! 

5 – Hikerdelic

With routes from Stockport Hikerdelic resembles the unique position of Stockport in a geographical sense. The clothing brand’s tag line is “from peak to precinct’ – clearly a nod towards the Peak District on the boundary to the borough and the town and city precincts in-between. If you look for it you will see Hikerdelic clothing worn across the borough – It’s large printed logo is something that is impossible to miss. Find out more by clicking here! 

6 – Gruum

Based in Stockport town centre this sustainable, eco conscious and vegan skincare/grooming brand really is a fantastic addition to our town. The team behind Gruum have created products that are affordable and environmentally aware – ranging from soaps and lotions to razors and wash bags. If you want to find out more please click here!

 

Cherry Jam – Stockport’s Good Vibes Bar

Cherry Jam – Stockport’s Good Vibes Bar

Jump in to find out more about Cherry Jam – Stockport’s feel good bar!