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Afflecks, Manchester

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4.3/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
Afflecks is an indoor market in Manchester, England, in the city's Northern Quarter on the junction of Church Street/Tib Street and Dale Street with Oldham Street. Dozens of independent stalls, small shops and boutiques operate in the one building. The building was once occupied by a department store called Affleck and Brown as a store and office space, hence the name.Affleck & Brown historyAffleck & Brown was started in the 1860s as a drapery business in Oldham Street. The store grew to occupy a whole block between Oldham Street, Church Street and Tib Street and become a full flung department store. The business had a good reputation as a credit draper and was known for a good range of cloth for home dressmaking as well as a furrier.The business started to decline after the advent of the Second World War as shopping moved away from Oldham Street, and in the 1950s Debenhams added the store to their portfolio. But the continued decline of the area and the ownership of another Manchester department Store, Pauldens saw the store close down in 1973.Affleck's Palace early historyAffleck's Palace first opened in 1981 by James and Elaine Walsh with an ethos of offering a safe environment for entrepreneurs to start out with affordable rent and no long term contracts. Unit holders operated under a license agreement which allowed them to pay for space on a week by week basis. The atmosphere and colourful maze-like layout led to Affleck's becoming a mecca for alternative culture. The establishment was able to bounce back from two building fires and overcame many obstacles.During the 1990s 'Madchester Summer of Love' period - when local bands like the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets were at the height of their popularity; Affleck's Palace was a fashionable spot to get oversized flared jeans and tie dyed T-shirts and 'Eastern Bloc' was a popular record shop as it dealt in all the latest underground dance tunes of the time.
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  • I love afflecks. A great range of independent traders offering vintage and goth clothing, jewellery, records, a sweet store, cafe and even a massage to relieve those aching muscles. A pleasant change ...  read more »
  • For me the coolest place in Manchester for people who enjoy good music and quirky fashion and even retro gaming memorabilia, took me back to my childhood, a must see for anybody visiting from far or n...  read more »
  • With loads of floors filled with shops, it's definitely a must see for all alternative/indie lovers. From little boutiques to fancy dress stores, this place really does have it all! 
  • A great range of alternative things. Or just inventive clothing not to be found in such density and good value elsewhere. Rare items from the Star Wars guy. Nostalgic items from the Retro Game shop. Americans sweets for those with a very sweet tooth. I always visit when in Manchester..
  • In a time where big chains run the high street, this little gem with 3 floors of alternative and small shops is a sight for sore eyes. It is like a big alternative market spread out over 3 floors. The items found here are unique and different and will appeal to anybody looking for something special or alternative. It is an absolute must see for tourists who come to visit Manchester.
  • Stuck for a different gift? Head to Afflecks and make sure you have half a day. From retro Transformers to a cereal cafĂ©, via vintage clothing and razor sharp t-shirts, to manga, anime and global sweets, Affleck's has it.
  • Oh boy, what to say about this place? This place is amazing. The quirky stores make this stand out alot. I recommend checking out Black Milk Cereal Dive.
  • Such a wonderful building to visit. Something for everyone - terrific place to kill some time...or buy something knatty!
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