These Are All The Lovely Independent Shops Opening In Hatch This Summer

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These Are All The Lovely Independent Shops Opening In Hatch This Summer

Hatch will welcome a host of gorgeous independent shops, including a trainer cleaning boutique, a mindful store and a flower studio.

Award-winning food, drink and retail pop up destination Hatch, based in Manchester’s Circle Square, has revealed plans for an exciting expansion which will see the market treble in size this June.

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The expansion will see the reclaimed shipping containers beneath Mancunian Way transformed into a multipurpose, independent creative village of food, drink, retail, entertainment, roof terraces, creative workspace, social and event spaces.

Owners say the new retail village will be a central part of Hatch and a place where shoppers can discover new products, experience great services (from hair cuts to luxury shoe cleaning), take part in workshops, learn new skills and then kick back over a great lunch, dinner, cocktail, craft beer, coffee.

The shops at Hatch will offer bespoke workshops and events so there’ll always be something going on while a regular series of weekend markets will take place. creating a contemporary, hands-on shopping experience.

The Retail Line Up

Suzy Loves Milo

Reworked and upcycled vintage clothing from around the globe will be brought to Hatch via Suzy Loves Milo who is hosting its own micro-boutique in a shipping container. Their garms will give you everything you need to create your own unique look, with sunnies, sneaks and everything in-between.

Shop Small

ShopSmall is a new venture, all about celebrating amazing local and independent artists, makers and creators. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift (even if it is for yourself) whilst supporting Manchester’s creatives. There’s already a wide range of traders lined up, showcasing their wonderful products, including enamel pins, gemstone jewellery, art prints, cards, flower pots, dog accessories and much more.

Rigged Out

For all your clothing & accessories needs, streetwear specialists Rigged Out is a brand formed by the streetwear community for the streetwear community, by people who are tired of seeing the same brands in the same places. Specialising in independent alternative brands from around the world such as Carrots By Anwar, Chinatown Market, Clear Weather, Felt USA, WeMoto, The Hundreds, X-Large, Jungles Jungles, Pas De Mer, Loco Love, bound and many more. This is an independent store for the alternative fashionista.


Established jewellery shop and Afflecks favourite Abacus will be returning to Hatch after a successful six week pop-up last Christmas with an array of their hugely popular sterling silver jewellery and body jewellery.

Mindful Store

Mindful Store recently won this year’s Environmental category in the Alliance MBS ‘Venture Further 2019’ awards. It’s a modern-day physical store that lets sustainable brands get into retail within a couple of days and reach a wider audience instantly, tackling the problem of sustainable brands not receiving sufficient brand exposure.

Brands pay a fixed monthly subscription fee to have their products displayed in the store and keep 100% of the sales revenue. The store will give shoppers the opportunity to discover amazing, innovative and sustainable products. A real focus is put on telling the story behind the product, rather than simply selling it. Every product comes with a QR-code that tells customers more about the background story: where and how it was produced, who the founders of the company are and how the product benefits our planet.

Sneaker Pharm

The city’s first premium shoe cleaning boutique….Born from a personal passion and love for the culture, Sneaker Pharm offer a highly bespoke and comprehensive service to treat your most beloved sneakers to some TLC. Choose from packages like the ‘signature overhaul’ and your shoes will enjoy the likes of delicate hand washing, stain removal, suede resets, reshaping, paint retouching and lace cleaning…rendering them, literally, good as new. Drawing influences from the traditional shoe shiners of London and modern-day American counterparts, Sneaker Pharm are the answer to ensuring your ‘grails’ remain forever in your rotation.

Clay Studio

Winners of Hatch’s 2018 retail competition (who’ll be receiving a four week pop up period rent free) – Clay Studio will sell handmade ceramics from their first independent shop. Founded in 2016, Clay Studio in Hulme provides a dedicated workshop for new graduates, hobby ceramicists and experienced makers. It is run as a collective of artists, makers and businesses of all abilities who pay a membership fee to share the facilities at the Clay Studio which include kilns, potters wheels, work surfaces, lathes, equipment etc. The Hatch unit will be their first proper ‘front door’ and opportunity for the collective to sell the pieces created in the studio direct to the public. It will be a co-operative style retail space for the studio and will provide visitors at Hatch with a unique new shopping experience with beautiful, individually crafted ceramic pieces designed by local artists that can’t be found anywhere else. Each week they’ll be focusing on a different discipline providing a great opportunity to get your hands messy and find out more about this wonderful craft with lots of opportunities to meet the maker.

Bulb Flower Studio

Bulb Flower Studio is a brand-new concept in contemporary experiential floristry that combines the currencies of art, music, football, fashion and culture into the simple act of buying flowers. Bulb is finally a florist for the 21st century that looks and feels like no other flower shop – run by young people, for young people, bringing you modern, exciting and highly curated arrangements for the price of just a few pints.

The Portland Barbers

Every great community needs a hairdresser and trendy city centre male grooming experts, The Portland Barbers, are going to be Hatch’s fabulous new resident coiffeurs. Currently of Charlotte Street in ChinaTown, they are heading to Hatch where they are setting up their main city centre HQ!


Husband, wife (and cat) team PoppyK sell handmade jewellery and gifts. Much of the jewellery is handmade from scratch, whilst some is sourced from around the world – and lots of it is inspired by their own passions like animals and travel. Their jewellery and gifts aim to be interesting, unique and cute – and are all designed to make perfect and personalised gifts.

DJ Gym

The UK’s network of DJ studios is coming to Manchester with their first Northern branch at Hatch! Offering one-to-one DJ and production courses accredited by the London Sound Academy, DJ Gym offers the chance to learn from pros every day with a whole range of courses including Beginner DJ and Beginner Music production. DJ Gym graduates enjoy plenty of perks with a monthly slot at Ministry of Sound and also an annual tour in Ibiza. DJ Gym students will learn at Hatch in a state of the art studio shipping container.

Beer Box

Independent brewers and lovers of beer, Beer Box brew excellent craft beer as Black Storm Brewery and sell it at their take away beer concept Beer Box – currently only found in Newcastle. Although their beers are stocked around the country, this will be the first Beer Box shop outside of Newcastle and they’ll be selling their own beers as well as dozens more craft brews in cans and bottles, from around the world. It’s your new city centre craft beer shop and it’s only at Hatch!


Selling an eclectic mix of wines, vin-yard wine bar + shop offers affordable alternatives to the usual mass produced vino. Within an ever-changing range, there will be many vegan, organic, natural and biodynamic wines to drink in or take away. With many years of experience in the industry and huge passion for wine, owner Anna is on hand to share her knowledge and give friendly advice to ensure that you’re happy with your selection.

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