Today’s the big day! A Curious Collection opens today (30 March) at 445 Wilmslow Road besides Solomons Cafe.

Featuring over 40 Manchester artists and makers, the store stocks art prints, ceramics, photography, jewellery, clothes and more!

After moving to Withington two years ago, owners Lizzy and Dave Pilling were immediately struck by the ‘strong sense of community and creativity in the area’.

“Although there are already some great independent shops, cafes and bars on Wilmslow Road, we felt that we wanted to bring something new and see if people went for it.

“With the support of the local councillors and the bank’s developer Step Places, we managed to get access to the old NatWest Bank for two months. People were so enthusiastic, with all different kinds of people from our community saying that they’d like to see us set up more permanently.

“It was a bit scary to get something more permanent on the go, but we knew we’d regret it if we didn’t give it a go. Fingers crossed it will work out!”

The store will be open Wednesday to Saturday 11am-6pm and on Sundays 12pm-4pm. Head on over and show your support!