Fred Aldous has been a Manchester institution since 1886, but it took until last year for them to open another store, this time in Leeds. Visiting the Manchester store is like Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory but for art and craft supplies, and their website has so much, you won’t know where to start! So when I was visiting my parents last week, I just had to see how the new Leeds shop measured up, and I wasn’t disappointed. Yes it is smaller and doesn’t have quite the same ‘wow’ factor when you go downstairs, but as art and craft shops go, its pretty much heaven.
The shop is situated on a corner which allows for large, gorgeously curved windows. The main floor has gifts, stationary and books, its light and airy yet full of lovely stuff. A huge range of Moleskine notebooks, Yellow owl Workshop stamp sets and even a vintage chemical photobooth are amongst the delights!
Make your way down the orange stairs and you are treated to a wealth of supplies and materials.
Aside from traditional paints and papers, they also have a decent variety of craft supplies, from paper craft to jewellery making and textiles – i mean, just look at this selection of bakers twine!! Have you ever seen anything so lovely? How I didn’t buy the lot i’ll never know! I was a good girl and only purchased a shiny new A3 cutting mat, which is transparent (not green or pink, which are the only other options that seem to be out there…) and natural coloured pipe cleaners for some needle felting experiments.
So if you happen to be in the Leeds area, I would highly recommend a visit, you can find the Leeds shop at 34 Kirkgate, between the market and the Leeds Minster. I’d love to know if you have been to either store or if you have a favourite shop I need to visit, let me know by commenting below or message me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!!