By Anna | September 17, 2012
A small corner of West Yorkshire which is a haven of independent businesses is opening its doors for a ‘taster’ day.
The shops and boutiques populating the three-floor Victorian Byram Arcade in Huddersfield want to give visitors a taste of their skills and services ~ and it’s all free. They promise the chance to try everything from catwalk shows and portrait photography to cupcake decorating and guerrilla knitting.
‘A Taste of Byram‘ will take place on Saturday 22 September.
John Woods, whose photography studio is on the ground floor of the arcade, said: “For the first time in years, there’s a real buzz about the arcade, with so many independent businesses now clamouring to take space here.
“Byram Arcade has the best selection of niche retailers in town, many with quite unique products and services ~ but not everyone knows we’re here.
“We’re all keen to showcase what we do best, share some of our trade secrets, and ultimately encourage people to discover the arcade for themselves.”
On the day, John will be offering free portrait photographs ~ and a dip in his fancy dress box if you fancy a bit of fun!
Lydia said: “It’s no secret that I love knitting, and I’m keen to pass that on to other people. I’ll be running a couple of sessions showing people how to get started, and how easy it is to make someting in just half an hour ~ although that certainly won’t be a wedding dress! Anyone, any age, can come along for free and have a go.”
Among the other activities and demonstrations are jewellery polishing, hair styling, screen printing, staging practical jokes and even life-saving.
The day will conclude with ‘Smugglers Cove’, which will see the arcade transformed into an intimate music club with live acts on stage.
It sounds like a wonderful day to me, and I’d certainly be going along if I wasn’t on holiday. If you go, will you let me know what you got up to?