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Afflecks, Manchester

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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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  • This is a alternative shopping centre. It's sells everything. There is a nice cafe at the top and it nice a cheap.  more »
  • Awesome "alternative shopping center"! The place is covered in art and the shops offer everything from iron on patches (so hip right now) to steampunk corsets to fanart in classic tattoo style for you...  more »
  • Find everything you want and everything you didn't know you wanted to buy. The staff at the super hero cafe and the vegan cafe are friendly helpful and will chat. I have read some reviews which say th...  more »
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  • Awesome experience with a very diverse range of things on offer. If you are 'basic' it probably won't be for you, but alternative people can find all sorts. Also, great for fancy dress.
  • Absolute gem and soul of Manchester. I've never in my life seen a marketplace with so many unique and cool, old, vintage shops before! There's three floors + a costume shop attic and while it's a bit cramped, the shops offer that straight street shopping experience and most shops are reasonably priced. You can buy items in very small amounts at fix rates, too (very affordable). Just a bit cold inside since it's open planned.
  • Wonderful place. A building filled with small traders of all sorts. Tattoos, piercing, fashion, new age, cafe etc. Lovely place to wander through on 3 floors. All undercover.
  • Utterly random place. Full of, well pretty much anything you could ask for. Great for a wonder round and who knows what you might end up buying.
  • Its used to be a great place to go and not just for shopping. But has gone down hill over the years since being taken over. If it was not for Elaine Walsh who though off afflecks palace with her late husband the whole thing would have died. They owe her so much as she put the place on the world map.

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