All About Urmston

Independent Urmston

The Urmston clock stands proud on Flixton Road.

Urmston is a small market town on the fringes of the great metropolis of Mancunia.  Despite the towering presence of the Trafford Centre just a ten minute drive away, Urmston offers an eclectic mix of independent businesses – from gift shops (such as Attiques, in the covered market) and card shops (we like Card World on Crofts Bank Road) to pre-loved vintage clothing boutiques (such as Scarlett’s Bazaar on Church Road) and fancy dress emporia (Bon Fabrics at Davyhulme Circle or Affordable Fancy Dress on Church Road) .

Beautiful books, quirky gifts and toys at Urmston Bookshop.
Beautiful books, quirky gifts and toys at Urmston Bookshop.

A quest for a beautifully designed book or a pretty eco-toy should lead you along Flixton Road to Urmston Bookshop, where Frances and Peter run all manner of exciting craft-and-creativity themed events, as well as hosting book groups and author signings.  While you’re on Flixton Road, you can pick up some wool across the road at HMK Wools or get a key cut  by the (shh!) magic elves that run Wizard Shoe Repairs.

Do your ugly sisters leave you weeping in the cinders every Saturday night?  Then take a trip in your pumpkin coach to the Glass Slipper on Station Road, where the lovely shoe-fairy godmothers will ensure you shall go to the ball!  If it’s help with a carpentry project or DIY supplies you crave,  Chesworths DIY is one of Urmston’s hidden gems; an old-fashioned  timber merchant and supplier of DIY materials  a stone’s throw from Urmston town centre on Gloucester Road.

There’s more to Urmston than excellent independent shops, services and eateries, though: we also have a tweeting treeparks a-plenty and our very own town clock, recently restored after an unexplained absence of several years.

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6 thoughts on “All About Urmston

  1. What a lovely website! Beautifully styled with lots of information. Very pleased to see the good old Urmston clock too!

  2. I think this is a cracking idea for a website. It’s just what Urmston needs a proactive site to promote local independent shops.

    Get ’em all on Twitter 🙂

  3. If you need any help running the site then let me know. I’m a sys admin by trade and have worked in the ISP sector doing websites and rocket science geeky type stuff.

    • That sounds brilliant, thank you! There probably are lots of things I don’t really know much about websites so I’ve used and pointed and at it. There are probably lots of things that could be done to the site but because I’m not that savvy I don’t know what they are, so if you think of anything, let me know! If I was being really ambitious I suppose I’d like to build in some sort of ‘click and collect’ facility, but I think the best thing to do for now is add content and see how popular it becomes. Thanks!

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