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Christmas At The Market

Christmas At The Market

Ho, Ho, Ho! The Festive season is nearly among us and we just can’t wait to get things underway!

We’ve ensured that every weekend will have a festive offering for passers by and the local community to get involved in. You can expect carollers, bake/craft sales and a variety of charitable causes to support.

 

If you’ve strolled through the market in the last week, you would have noticed that our Christmas lights have now been activated for 2016 (have you noticed our swanky new banners yet too…?) giving us all the pre – Christmas feels…

In addition, we have 2 HUGE trees on their way. They’ll be lit to the heavens providing us all with the festive sparkle we’ve so desperately missed…

December will see our space filled and animated every Friday and Saturday throughout the month with a variety of local community groups, Christmas themed pop ups and a range of charitable causes to support. Scroll down for our full timetable and make sure to pencil us in your diary!

Pop Up’s

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The German Wholegrain Baker’s Shop

Charlotte’s Cake Creation’s

Our regular pop up The German Wholegrain Baker’s Shop will be back with us with a whole new twist on their regular menu. They’ll be introducing a whole line of authentic German Christmas confections for us to sink our teeth into! If that wasn’t enough, newcomers to the market Lucky Go Cooky and Charlotte’s Cake Creations will be popping up shop with a huge selection of their Christmas themed bakes. Whether for yourself or as a gift, make sure to swing by and pick up some of these tasty treats!

Christmas Carol’s

Trinity West Church and The Treblemakers

We’ll be having some amazing carolling sets from a few of our local groups. Trinity West Church, The Treblemakers and The Masbro Centre will all be coming down to the market on separate days to treat our ears to some festive tunes. From Silent Night to O’ Come All Ye Faithful come and get in the festive spirit with the sound of Christmas!

Community Groups/Charitable Causes

We have always been passionate about giving back to our local community and ensuring that everyone has the chance to be involved. We’ll be working with our local community groups The Harrow Club and The Masbro Centre/Urban Partnership Group as part of their development programs for their members. The Harrow Club will be taking over our pop up spaces over 3 days in December selling their handmade Christmas themed crafts and bakes, be sure to swing by and purchase something as all proceeds will go toward their group. The loveable bunch that took part in our Young Trader Competition from Greenside Primary School will be back on our ground and we can’t wait to see what they’ll have in store!

Our charitable contribution is currently growing, Family Action will be kicking things off with a collection running through the market on the 2nd of December, please be sure to donate what you can to help a family in need.
Our Christmas plans are still being developed and added to, be sure to keep an eye on our twitter and check back to this post for updates. If you would like to be involved in Christmas At The Market please contact info@myshepherdsbushmarket.com with your idea.

Trader Elite! Meet Some Of Our Longest Standing Traders!

Trader Elite! Meet Some Of Our Longest Standing Traders!

2016 saw Shepherd’s Bush Market enter it’s 102nd year, with many of our traders having been here for generations we spoke to some of our longest standing to find out what’s kept them here all these years!

 

Meet Sylvia Fletcher of ‘Fletcher’s Fruit and Veg’. If you’ve visited the market before you’ll definitely recognise this face! Occupying the first stall at The Goldhawk Road Entrance, the Fletcher’s have nothing but the best produce on offer. Trading now for 55 years the stall was initially started by Alf Fletcher before being passed down to John Fletcher (Sylvia’s husband) and then their son John Jr – who has been working the stall since he was just 16 years old! So, what’s kept their family here all these years? ‘We know our customers so well now, we’ve been here for so long that it’s not your average trader/customer relationship, they’re our friends and family. Sometimes they show up just for a bubble rather than to actually buy anything! We love that, that’s really what keeps us going.’ says Sylvia. It’s not just the friendly banter you’ll want to pay them a visit for though “Whether he wants to or not, John Jr picks up our produce every morning, so you know it’s always fresh!”

 

‘Bush Hardware’ celebrates it’s 40th birthday this year, now run by Bradley Grundman the store was opened by himself and his father in 1976! Bradley was just 16 when he began working in the market and now works independently. Selling an eclectic mix of unique household goods, china and giftware they have secured returning customers from the world over! So what’s kept them here all these years? “We love our customers, they come from all over the world and we’re lucky enough to have built some great relationships with some really great people, they really are what keep us going here.” So why pay them a visit? “We’re great value for money, our products are of exceptional quality and you won’t find this on your local high street.”

 

The ‘Bush Bedding Centre’ is one of our longest standing businesses, having opened in 1940 they are now in their 76th year! Currently owned by Paul Bardini and his son Paul Jr, the business has been passed down through the generations starting with Paul Jr’s great grandfather! So why have they stayed all these years? “We’ve always found success here, we have many loyal customers that visit us from overseas. The business is a part of our family” Why pay them a visit? “Great products, great quality. We carry brands and stock that are sold in major department stores, but at a fraction of the price” – Shop smart people.

 

Celebrating it’s 44th year, we have the ‘Bush Shoe Centre’ we spoke to current owner Ranbir Sandhu to see how they got started! “My Mum and Dad started here in 1972, they started off with a shop and took on an arch 10 years later, running both themselves. I started working in the arch when I left college in 2004, Mum and Dad were ready to retire so we sold the shop, kept the arch and I’ve been here ever since!” So 44 years in, something must be keeping them here right? “I grew up here, I have so many amazing memories of my childhood tied up in this market. We have so many customers that have been shopping with us for years, they know the whole family, there’s a huge sentiment being here for us.” So why pay them a visit? “Great personal service of course! I’ve spent my whole life in this trade, so feel I can give some pretty solid advice, I’ve never had any complaints! We don’t sell just your average styles, so I’m sure you’ll find something unique here and we cater for all ages.”

 

Now over 50 years strong Bill Mehra’s Discount Jewellers has been a part of the family so long, they can’t even remember the exact year it opened! So, what’s their story? “The shop was previously just an open space, belonging to the shop owner residing opposite. My parents took over the space in the late 50s/early 60s and built the store, even though they aren’t here every day they’re still partners in the business. I started working here after  I finished college, must’ve been about 35 years ago now!” says Bill Mehra. Seeing that they’ve been here for over half a century, what is it about Shepherd’s Bush Market that keeps them going? “We’ve found great success here, we have great customers. The majority of our customers have turned into friends and family now as have our fellow traders, there’s a great sense of community in this market.” Why should you pay them a visit? “We offer a diverse range of products which aren’t available on your local high street. Great products, exceptional customer service and a competitive price” – Well, we’re sold! Are you?

Whether you’re after a trunk or a trinket, at the market we have it all. With traders having stood this long on this ground, you’re sure to not only be met with a smile, but some trustworthy advice . So pay them a visit, and maybe tell them a thing or two you’ve learnt here – they won’t know what’s hit them!

 

Meet A Trader

Meet A Trader

Here’s in the market we love nothing more than getting to know our traders, so read on to Meet a Trader!

We spoke to the lovely Sara Paris. From a young age, Sara had always had an interest in art. Her family business started out on a stall in Shepherd’s Bush Market, selling uniquely-designed hats day-in and day-out for 42 years. IMG_0278 IMG_0274 What was the inspiration behind setting up a stall? This has always been a family business. My dad has always been the creative type and had been obsessed with accessories- especially hats. He used to make is own Turban hats from scratch from materials bought from local haberdashery and it was from there he decided to expand within the hat business. What made you want to take over from your family? I wanted to keep the family tradition going so in later years I can then pass on my business onto my son making it the 3rd generation carrying on the hat business. Plus, I’ve always had an interest in the fashion industry. It was fashion that help motivate me to travel to places such as New York and China to explore various fashion trends and unique fabrics. How would describe your customers? I generally attract a wide range of customers but the majority tend to be Afro/Caribbean ladies as they’re always on the hunt for amazing hats/ fascinators for Church events on weekends. The best thing about my stall is that we sell hats for all occasions. Weddings, parties, cold weather- you name it! But what makes my stand different is that the hats designed for our customers, you won’t be able to find anywhere else in London. For great hats & accessories, check out stall 6 for Sara Paris located at the top of the market – It’s only a two minute walk from Shepherd’s Bush Market station. 

Half-Term Fun In Shepherd’s Bush Market

Half-Term Fun In Shepherd’s Bush Market

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We’re putting the fun back into the market! 

This half-term, we’re setting up a FREE event throughout the whole week. We’ve put together our very own Shepherd’s Bush Market Trail! They’ll be letters dotted in and around market for the each child to go find each letter. Once you’ve gathered all the words within the market, you must unscramble the letters and find out the ‘mystery word’ in Shepherd’s Bush Market. It’s a great way for families to interact with the traders to find the mystery letter in any and every shop, arch, and stall! Each child who completes the Shepherd’s Bush trail will receive a prize!- It’s that easy!

So be sure to spread the word about Shepherd’s Bush Market Trail all day from 15th- 19th February!

For those you would like to take part in the kids activity next week, head to the Market Office where you collect your map and be given your first clue.

Let’s see how well you know your local market whilst having some half-term fun!

On your marks, set, GO!

Mad About Movies?

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If you’re mad about movies then look no further! Make a change to your daily regime by heading to a FREE* outdoor cinema to see some of your favourites on the big screen!  Nomad cinema guarantees you the best movie experience shared with your nearest and dearest as well as embraces your cinema obsessions!  So invite or drag along some of your friends and family to relive an forgettable movie experience.

no mad cineHere in Shepherds Bush Market, they’ll be showing: ‘The Lunchbox’. The story is based on a young housewife, lla who makes an attempt to rekindle the flame with her husband by sending him special lunches. Unfortunately, the delivery goes missing and lies into the hands of an irritable widower, Sajan played by Bollywood star, Irrfan Khan. From passing notes and special lunches, IIa is taken on a magical journey as she builds a fantasy world around her unforeseen friendship through the eyes of The Lunchbox.

 

For more information about the Nomad cinema, click here to check out their webpage.

(*Please note: Nomad cinema is subtitled and with wi-fi headsets. The event is also spaced limited,  therefore you  must enter a lucky draw click here  for your chance to win a free ticket!

For cool updates on movies, why not follow them on Twitter click here

 

Shepherds Bush Market Needs You!


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Come one, come all!

 Think you got what it takes to be a model? Then Shepherds Bush Market needs you. So why not put your fashion skills to the test next Saturday 3rd October!

Models of Diversity is a remarkable campaign that encourages people of all diversities to ‘strut their stuff’ with pride. They’ll be hosting a FREE fashion show event for all to see right here in the market and with models covering different aspects of beauty and amazing prizes to be won- It’s not to be missed!

Want to get involved? 

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For more information about the Models Of Diversity event, check out our sites:

Website:  http://bit.ly/1Yb9pTv

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1NM9O9X

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1MpRJwV

 

Meet our new Traders: Port Of Manila

port of m Are you a major foodie fan? Then why not check out the market’s newest pop-up stalls known as Port Of Manila, home of the best tasting flavours of the Philippines. They serve noting but fresh food and traditional dishes such as: lumpia, Filipino–style spring rolls; Cassava cake, it’s a super delicious cake made from cassava root and coconut milk and many more! port of m 4port of m 3

 

 

I got a chance to catch up with Maria, head chef of Port Manila to find out more about her amazing food:

 

 

How Long have you been in the food business?

Maria: Just over 11 years! We’re normally based in Brackenbury road (not far from Shepherds Bush station)

What made you get into the food industry ?

Maria: We are a family that is passionate about introducing authentic Filipino cuisine to the world with pride. I just love food and I enjoy serving it to the many people who enjoy the taste of the Philippines warms my heart.

How do you think it’s going to sell in the market?

Maria:Really well! Here in west London, there’s a very big Philippine community so I know that will drive business. Also, seeing how it’s a very diverse market I’m hoping to expand on the amount of people that visit us!

 

To find out more, visit their page: click here to view their website or click here to check out their Facebook page

Models of Diversity Are Calling YOU

ezgif.com-cropCASTING COMPETITION LAUNCHED TO FIND THE FACE OF SHEPHERDS BUSH MARKET

The well-known campaigners for greater diversity within the fashion industry, Models of Diversity (MoD), has announced a competition to find the ‘Face of Shepherds Bush Market’ to take place on Saturday 12th September between 1pm and 4pm.

Ahead of London Fashion Week, MoD is giving local people the chance to embrace their inner fashionistas and become models for the day in a special fashion show event at Shepherds Bush Market on Saturday 3rd October. The catwalk will demonstrate the fashion offering of Shepherds Bush Market, including fabrics and garments chosen by a professional stylist and unveiled by dazzling models of all races, backgrounds, ages and sizes.

Open to everyone, the casting competition will be held in the New Market Area – most easily accessed from the Uxbridge Road end of the market- where a panel of judges will decide two entrants to become models for the catwalk show.

The winners will receive fierce catwalk training and a pampered photoshoot by MoD’s professional and experienced team, before dazzling the crowd on the big day in October. They will wear a number of catwalk collections and hidden gems from the garments, accessories, shoes and jewellery available from within the diverse market.

Shepherds Bush Market has long been famous for fabric and fashion, a tradition that goes back almost 100 years, and is right on London’s doorstep.

To be kept up-to-date with the latest news visit: www.myshepherdsbushmarket.com or follow @myshepherdsbush on Twitter, @shepherdsbushmarket on Instagram, or like myshepherdsbush on Facebook.

While you’re at it visit Models of Diversity at: http://www.modelsofdiversity.org/ or get social with them on Twitter via @ModsOfDiversity  

West London’s Street Food Love Affair Continues

If you live anywhere near Shepherd’s Bush Market, or are in the know about London’s street food scene, then you’ve probably heard of Feast.

Earlier this summer we announced that Feast had set up a new sister event, Little Feast, in Shepherd’s Bush Yard right by the Goldhawk Road end of our market. Well they’ve now decided to stay a longer than was initially planned!

So if you’ve not wined and dined at Little Feast yet, or you have and loved it, there’s still a chance for you to regularly treat yourself to some great food, drinks, and music (check out the clip above of Little Feast in all its yummy glory).

As you can see from the video, Little Feast have eye-catching huts that each serve amazingly delicious food from around the world, and an indoor bar area, dubbed The Arch, to keep you warm when the days are shorter – what more do you need for a fab night out?

Come on by and be a part of the movement that’s making West London’s street food scene just that little bit more exciting.

Little Feast

Opening Times:

Little Feast and The Arch: Thursday and Friday 17:00 – 23:oo; Saturday 11:oo – 23:00; Sunday 11:00 – 20:00

For updates check out Feast’s website at http://www.wefeast.co.uk/ or follow them on twitter @wefeastlondon #littlefeast

While you’re there, why not drop us a tweet @myshepherdsbush too!

The ‘F’ Word of Shepherd’s Bush – Falafels

The ‘F’ Word of Shepherd’s Bush – Falafels

We’re talking about our FALAFEL’S of course!

For those of you that don’t know what falafels are; they’re traditionally deep-fried chickpeas that have been rolled into balls infused with a variety of spices. This variety of spices, which can be mixed into an endless number of combinations, makes each falafel place unique in its own right!

Who are the entrants you ask?

Café 2000: At the Uxbridge Road end of the market. Literally. Imad Eldin Birir is the first trader on the left hand side of the market. Proud of his Egyptian and Sudanese style falafels, he lets his food do all the talking for him. Although he won’t shy away from a lively conversation with his customers. [Thumbnail image]

Grill Master: Run by the son of one of pioneers who brought falafels to the mainstream crowd. This traditionally Middle Eastern dish and its related lingo (think: tahini, hummus, and so on) soon became as familiar to hear (and order!) as Biryani and Frappuccino – largely thanks to this family. [thumbnail image]

The Falafel Hut: Run by the animated and friendly George. He can be found serving up deliciously tender falafel as he quick wittedly contributes to the conversations around him. Many customers choose to sit down and eat-in whilst talking to him – as his banter is almost as good as his food. [thumbnail image]

Who are the judges?

Our first judge was Sarah (@littlespice_uk) from the new herb and spice centred company: Little Spice (www.little-spice.co.uk). It would be hard to find anyone who knows more about spices than Little Spice’s Sarah.

Our second judge was Ninette (@NinetteOseiWil) from N.O.W. (www.foodgloriousfoodnow.wordpress.com). She regularly blogs about eateries and reviews them for her website and guest writes on other too! A true foodie, she knows what she’s talking about when she’s discussing a good meal. [thumbnail image]

The Results

Once we’d laid out all the food in front of them we gave them a scoresheet. They judged the falafels on taste, consistency and presentation with an option to write notes for each entrant.

After much deliberation they decided that Café 2000’s falafels had won, and was Falafel Spot of June 2015!

They noted that The Falafel Hut is great for the family as it’s full of flavour but not too spicy. Whilst The Grill Master’s option had incredible tahini and deliciously soft wrap – but they could only judge the falafel and not the extras. Still, there are no losers here since all were dubbed mouth-wateringly delicious. Why not come down, try them all and decide for yourself?

Little Feast Street Food at Shepherd’s Bush Yard

Little Feast Street Food at Shepherd’s Bush Yard

We’re thrilled to announce that the previously disused area, dubbed ‘Shepherd’s Bush Yard’ has been transformed into a brand new space for pop up street food traders. But first, we Feast! Street food veterans Feast are kicking things off with a summer residency and you’re all invited – it’s free entry and will be open Thursday and Friday evenings plus all day Saturday and Sunday.

Three years ago FEAST pioneered the street food event scene and over the years its six events have attracted over 70,000 attendees in four different venues. The event has attracted some of London’s most exciting food offerings including Hix, Polpo, Pizza Pilgrims, Moro, St John and Patty & Bun. Now, they’re setting up shop in the newly created Shepherd’s Bush Yard for a 6 week summer residency. They will bring some of the top street food talent to W12 including juicy burgers by Cheeky Burger, Guasaca’s Venezuelan arepas and the best taste between sliced bread courtesy of Holy Toast.

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The old fish shop in the market will also be transformed to create a deli kitchen & bar called The Arch. From Tuesday to Friday during the day, The Arch will offer coffee, deli breakfasts, artisan salads and sandwiches.

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Guasaca’s choice of guacamole at Little Feast

 

The Arch will also open as a standalone bar on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and from Thursday to Sunday The Arch will act as the bar for Little Feast, offering beer, ciders, wines, and some cheeky summer cocktails.

We asked Charlie Gardiner, FEAST’s director why he chose Shepherd’s Bush:

‘We have been looking for a West London location for the last 18 months and when we heard of the opportunity to run a Little Feast in Shepherds Bush we
jumped at it. I live just round the corner and I grew up in Ealing just down the road, so I have passed this market daily for the last 20 years! The area has a great community and to bring Little Feast here is a very exciting prospect.’

Opening Times:

 Little Feast: Thursday and Friday 17:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 23:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 19:00.

The Arch Deli: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 – 17:00 Can’t wait to see you – the difficult bit now is to decide what to eat!

For updates check out Feast’s website at http://www.wefeast.co.uk/ or follow them on twitter @wefeastlondon #littlefeast While you’re there, why not drop us a tweet @myshepherdsbush 

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SBM Yard location

Trader Focus: Fabric Shops in Shepherd’s Bush

Trader Focus: Fabric Shops in Shepherd’s Bush

Shepherd’s Bush Market has long been famous for it’s wide selection of fabric and haberdashery shops. We spent some time with a few of the shop keepers to find out more about what they sell, who they sell to and how they run their businesses.

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Al Maz specializes in Sundanese fabrics and wedding fabrics, which he says is surprising, considering he is from the other side of the water in India! In the Sudanese tradition, the man buys the woman ‘Shella’ as a wedding gift. ‘Shella’ is the woman’s entire wardrobe, everything from clothes and accessories to shoes and perfume. It is also customary to have the clothes made, and this is where Al Maz comes in. There are rows and rows of lavishly patterned fabric on display in his shop, just waiting for the right man to come along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MR SINGH’S HABERDASHERY AND FABRIC Mr Singh has run his fabric shop and haberdashers in Shepherd’s Bush Market for 10 years, he has two separate shops right in the middle of the market, one specializing in fabric… and one in haberdashery.

ON CUSTOMERS: We get all sorts in here, there’s the student fashion designers from the college, the local schools and customers from around the world. We sell a lot of suiting fabric to Saudi Arabians when they come over in the summer, that’s our bestseller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GS FABRIC Just down from Mr Singh’s you’ll find GS Fabric, it’s been here as a fabric shop for over 20 years and under the current ownership for the last 15. Their customers are from all over the world serving Arabic, Somali and English customers on a daily basis. They specialize in traditional African fabrics and have recently have noticed that they are selling a lot more of the African style fabrics English customers and students – could this be part of a wider trend?

TOP TIP: ‘A good display, without it you won’t attract the customers’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We street style snapped three 1st year Middlesex students on the hunt for fabric for a group collection. Tell us about the project… ’We’re entering a competition run by Topman, the theme is ‘Criminal Youth’ so we’re looking for a strict colour palette of neutral tones with lots of texture and pops of bright yellow and blue.’

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