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.