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Queensgate Market welcomes new businesses
Four new businesses are opening in Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market Hall which recently won the NABMA (National Association of British Market Authorities) award for Market Hall of the Year for its work in supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs.
Joker 666 which is a tattoo parlour and piercing studio opens for business on July 5 and is the realisation of a long-held ambition for Sean McNamara. A biker and ex Bridge Rat (bike club) Sean has always been passionate about tattoos and piercing and has many tattoos and piercing himself. He became an apprentice at Sam’s tattoo parlour in Nottingham, and then gained a qualification in piercing at Straight to the Point in Nottingham. Sean opened his first studio in Marsh which closed through lack of passing trade in the current climate. Keen to keep involved with the industry, Sean took a stall at Huddersfield Market on Saturday’s selling equipment and piercing jewellery whilst also giving advice to other aspiring tattooists and worked full-time during the week at Perrys of Huddersfield.
Sean applied to attend the new Upmarket Sunday event and this led to discussions about his business and the suggestion to look at premises in Queensgate Market. Sean said: “I met with the manager of Upmarket and we talked at length about my business ideas. Within three weeks I had signed up to open my new tattoo and piercing studio. The Markets Department at Kirklees Council is offering support to new businesses and Queensgate Market will be a great location for us.”
Sean is also bringing with him Senior Tattooist and custom Tattoo designer Rod Dakin. Rod started his apprenticeship with Sean, leaving when the studio closed to finish his apprenticeship at Inky Joe’s in Huddersfield. There will be opening offers on Friday July 5 of 50% off body piercing to the first 20 customers (one per person and dermals not included) and on Saturday July 6 half price ear lobe piercing all day (Caflon piercing gun plain studs only). For details of tattoo offers, like Joker 666 on facebook.
Alice's Kitchen, a cook and bakeware shop, has also now opened at Queensgate. Owner David Price-Baghurst opened the shop in response to a huge demand for cake accessories. David had taken over and expanded an existing hardware shop in February, now Alice's Hardware, which stocks a huge range of cookware and household goods. “'Customers visiting Alice's Hardware were snapping-up the bakeware and the demand was so high I simply could not stock enough within the hardware shop” said David. “Despite only being open four months I needed to expand the business and open Alice's Kitchen.” All customers are offered a10% discount during Happy Hour every morning from 9am-10am from Alice’s Kitchen and Alice’s Hardware.
Another new business which opened in June is Patches and Pearls owned by Jayne Zatorski which sells dress-making fabrics and haberdashery. Jayne also hand-makes dresses, skirts, cushions and craft quilts.
And due to open in July is Mohammed Rana who will sell a wide range of stationery goods which will appeal to people getting organised for the start of the autumn school term.
Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for Place, said: “Queensgate Market offers valuable opportunities for new businesses. In these difficult times for high street retail our markets continue to attract new businesses and have a good and established customer base. Every new business that opens brings with it new and different customers and that benefit the whole market.
“In any market, the mix of businesses is important and Queensgate now has a varied selection of stalls and shops. I am particularly pleased to see some existing businesses expanding. The Goth stall ‘Witchcraft and Wiseman’ celebrated their first anniversary in May, and they expanded after only a few months, very similar to the hardware business.’
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