As we've said, Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the rise and since the City of Culture 2021 bid became official, people have started ramping up their efforts in a big way. The traders in Hanley's thriving cultural quarter are no exception.
In a drive to give local families as well as youngsters more to enjoy in the city's principal towns during weekends, rather than taking day trips elsewhere, the zone's business owners have joined forces to draw more customers and visitors to Cultural Quarter.
Consisting of owners as well as workers from the various shops and eateries on the stretch, the group have put their heads together to spark an initiative that will see the area host festivals and produce special maps to pinpoint local highlights.
At present, this proactive group is 10 businesses strong and so far the plans to add an extra sprinkling of charm to the already vibrant Cultural Quarter include:
- Creating an annual festival
- Hosting an artisan market
- Encourage street performers to showcase their skills
- Arranging innovative fringe performances
Speaking to The Sentinel, Steve Armstrong, owner of juice bar RAWR, expressed his enthusiasm for the Cultural Quarter:
"One of the big reasons Rawr came here was the like-minded businesses and now we have decided to work together. We have already been helping each other informally, and I wondered if we could push on that and work closely together.
We have so many customers come in saying that they had no idea what was down here and that they really like it.
I would like to see an artisan market held along here on Sundays to bring people in.”
Coupled with its accessibility to the Hanley Museum and backing from the nearby art community, Hanley's Cultural Quarter will without a doubt, will flourish even more in the not so distant future, attracting locals of all walks of life to the area.
This is not only another example of Stoke-on-Trent's exciting evolution, but another in the already long list of reasons the place deserves to be crowned as City of Culture 2021.