Not many words in this one. Just a load of pictures of somewhere wonderful. Somewhere that’s been here in Liverpool for ages, but is now being put to several new uses, with more to come.
Down the hill at Upper Parly.
Past the shed Cain’s built in its late years as a brewery.
In front of the classic Higson’s Brewery behind it.
Turning left opposite the Camp and Furnace.
This is where we’re going.
Into the great red brick brewery building.
An icy welcome from reception.
And here we are. I’m with my friend Jayne.
Into the beautiful courtyard.
We’re already discussing possibilities.
But as we’ve been walking and talking, we first need a sit and a drink.
And fortunately a new café has just opened here.
It’s bike friendly, you see.
We have some cake too. Highly recommended.
Then it’s time for Red Brick Vintage. Jayne’s visited before, when it hadn’t long been open. But this is my first look. Sixteen weeks it’s been open now, we find, as we get talking to two of the three people who are running the place.
Tom and Jan.
Debs is the third person. Jayne’s met her, but not today.
Tom talks about what they’re trying to do here.
“We’ve run stalls on markets but getting hold of here is a great opportunity to work in a big space and see what else we can do with it. We’ve got other traders sharing in here with us, some from up in Bold Street. And we also want to evolve the space and see what works. Some events are already running and we’re up for getting to know what’s happening and, particularly, becoming even more of a part in how ground level Liverpool organisations are trading and sharing ideas for the benefit of all of us around Liverpool.”
Music, of course, to my ears.
Time for a good nose round.
Tom walks us through the new spaces they’re opening up.
It’s already much bigger than the last time Jayne was here.
Over the summer the Biennial will be in the more modern warehouse across the alley here.
Helping to attract even more custom into this treasure trove.
While they’re showing us round Tom and Jan are continually being called away to help the steady flow of Sunday afternoon customers.
Essential diving gear.
Back Percy Street! Wood Street’s also in here if you fancy it.
Just as we’re thinking of leaving the heavens open. So we’re more than happy to wait and talk some more.
We talk music.
And the stage they’ve just installed.
And I talk to Tom about Shack.
Tom it turns out is Tom Butcher, and his dad Dave was in Shack (one of the very greatest ever Liverpool bands), along with Mick and John Head. I’m pleased to know this and also to hear that Mick is well and healthy after a serious case of rock’n’roll lifestyle blues.
It also turns out Tom grew up partly by Granby, on Princes Avenue. And Jan lived in Granby, in Cairns Street. As if I needed to feel any more at home here!
While we talk Kraftwerk listen to us in silence.
So I profoundly recommend that you come here for a nose around.
And join in with imagining…
Might work in some still waiting spaces…
In this wondrous place?
So we had a sit and a drink.
A different kind of drink!
Then we left. But will definitely be back.
As well as Ryde, other businesses in here include good friend artist and baker Jessica Doyle and her Wild Loaf, plus Si’s Barbershop.