Whilst Americans celebrate their Independence Day, Leeds Corn Exchange, an inconic landmark of Leeds, will celebrate its retailers with its own Independents’ Day on 4 July.
The Corn Exchange, originally opened to corn traders in 1864, is now home to 30 independent retailers who offer us fashion, eyewear, music, food and home and garden.
The 4 July is an opportunity, if you haven’t already, to discover what the tenants are all about. Here are some examples:
Fabrikk – Selling ethical fashion using vegan cork, from flat caps to an LED light technology handbag and a range of wallets.
Eyekit – Traditional optometry as well as a speciality in sports and leisure eyewear.
Plant Point – For a range of plants and a full range of gardening accessories, this is more than a simple retail experience.
Adam Warner, Centre Manager at the Corn Exchange, explained:
“Our 150-year old venue is brimming with independent retailers and talented entrepreneurs who are reaping the rewards of taking up a physical space in the heart of Leeds. We’re building a community of independent-minded retailers, a sea of underdogs that will use digital developments as a string to their bow; not fighting online shopping but embracing technology to work in an offline experience. Small, independent retailers are the lifeblood of our City and as a community, we actively support them by keeping Leeds Corn Exchange a beating City platform, embracing change and evolving with it.”
For more information on The Corn Exchange visit here.
Feature photograph by Stan Graham.
Mags is the Copy Editor at Leeds Living, who scours articles and makes sure they’re perfect before they’re published. She also reviews theatre.