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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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  • Anybody visiting Manchester needs to visit this iconic place - You will find everything here from Classic Vintage to Street Wear, there are piercing studio's, a fantastic Tattoo studio, T-shirt Printers, Alternative Fashion, Skate Board Gear, Collectibles, Accessories, Cafe's, Ice Cream Parlour, Jewelley the list is endless! It is an experience in itself just wandering around this wonderful Aladdin's cave . Be sure to enjoy the mosaic artwork and amazing tree sculpture that adorns the outside of the building. Absolutely fantastic!
  • It's quite simply the best place to go shopping in Manchester. There only reason you won't find what you're looking for here is because you're not looking hard enough. From gas masks to piercing, it's so eclectic that just looking around is a pleasure.
  • An awesome quirky shopping centre with an eclectic selection of stores from fancy dress, and independent clothing brands to jewellers and second hand cameras. The epitome of the Northern Quarter. I'd recommend going in with a coffee and spending an hour getting lost amongst the sellers.
  • Fantastic little hub of alternative culture - something for everyone's taste. Brilliant atmosphere and great variety of goods to choose from. Will definitely be back!
  • Been going to this store for years, and honestly can't get enough of it. Everytime I think of going on a shopping trip to Manchester, this is my first port of call. Full of alternative, Gothic, hippie, vintage and punk clothing, it's great to re-stock the wardrobe. Or, there's even a cereal cafe to sit and have a snack and a drink. The sweet shop is a treasure trove, and the coke floats from the top floor cafe are to die for.