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West Didsbury’s Day Time Gems Put On A WestFest Show…Part 1

September 13, 2011

West Didsbury is becoming quite famous for its diverse range of eateries and places to quench your thirst. However, it’s not all about eating and drinking. West Didsbury is also a day-time destination as we are lucky enough, at the moment, to have avoided the invasion of the chains and have remained completely independent. WestFest therefore is a real opportunity for visitors to experience for themselves what’s going on retail and health & beauty wise in this lovely little corner of South Manchester. And over the weekend of 3rd/4th September, these businesses really did put on a bit of a show..

Thyme Out Deli, Nell Lane, West Didsbury

Thyme Out Deli, Nell Lane, West Didsbury

Tucked away along Nell Lane, Thyme Out Deli really is a hidden gem. With a secret garden, hens and ducks and a sun trap courtyard at the front, it’s a perfect day time destination. Ben’s “Farmers’ Market” has now become a WestFest institution and once again this year, was absolutely packed, with a continuous queue at the BBQ. It was also good to see signs encouraging use of the hospital car park for those who had arrived by car!

Milly Mog Childrenswear + WestFest Guests

Milly Mog Childrenswear + WestFest Guests

Children are well catered for at Milly Mog, one of West Didsbury’s newest independents. Not only was Emma showcasing her new Autumn/Winter collection, she’d also invited along complimentary businesses – Tamsin’s Toys and Freda & Me – as well as her wonderful face-painter (more of which will come in a later blog).
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, West Didsbury

And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, West Didsbury

It was a Tea Fest at And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon – as well as a vast array of cakes and scones, Anna and the team introduced their new loose leaf teas range, along with tea leaf readings and cream teas. These delights are every day – not just WestFest.
Belly Button, West Didsbury

Belly Button, West Didsbury

Belly Button Designs were up bright and early, setting up their crafts and face painiting tables outside the Burton Rd shop. As well as entertaining the younger visitors to the festival, and making sure they sparkled and glittered all the way around West Didsbury, Belly Button also gave new visitors the chance to see why there’s so much fuss about their gorgeous ranges of greetings cards and gifts.

David Gavin Design opened up the doors to show that there’s more to this business than wallpapers and re-upholstery. You can also find quirky gifts – vinatge cake stands, candle holders, table lamps, cushions – and if you’re very lucky, a stroke of Murphy, the resident sausage dog. Although, sadly, Murphy had to be taken home over WestFest, as he was a bit spooked by the Punch & Judy, from Folk, across the road. The beautiful White Closet bridal boutique also opened its doors and enabled brides-to-be (& possibly just lovers of gorgeous gowns) to have a sneak peek of the stunning dresses…

The White Closet, West Didsbury

The White Closet, West Didsbury

More day time gems in next WestFest blog…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Claire Fraser permalink
    October 8, 2011 11:57 am

    It’s easy to see why you have been nominated! This is such a vibrant, interesting and informative advert for living in West Didsbury. Good luck – surely this is a winner!

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