Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Menagierie Makes

In Places on May 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm
Shop front

Shop front

Well the other week we noticed from a distance that number 70 Hoe Street had a lick of new paint. Well according to Walthamstow Diary it is now a gift shop. So when we went to Indulgence for lunch today we had a little walk down.

In the abscence of the great Penny Fielding shop and Lavender Village on Palmerston we’ve had a lack of gift shops in the Stow. As you can see by the window Menagerie Makes is predominently animal themed goods, although I was very tempted by the ‘I <heart> Waltahmstow’ mugs and Oyster holders.

Along with animal sock puppet kits there are many creature themed offerings. Some small but cool furniture too; I was rather taken with a side table decorated with stamps.

I’m glad to see Hoe Street getting some more love. That stretch bookended by the High Street and the Bell pub has been a bit neglected with just the Rose and Crown and Delice from the old days (I don’t count Daisy’s; used to be nice). But with Indugence and the coming Aurora Rose shop this key road is getting pretty cool. Sadly we saw a shop there last week advertised as £12,000 PA rent, 3 months in advance plus 3 months deposit. I hope greedy landlords don’t choke the regeneration here. The stow outside of the Village deserves development too.


Bygga Bo Review

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Another late write up. Complaints to the usual address please.

3 weeks ago we went in search of the new Nordic themed cafe/homeware shop Bygga Bo. We found it along Chingford road, just along from the Bell pub. ‘Found’ being the operative word; their premises have smoked glass windows like Cafe 56 and we just noticed the writing on the bottom of it with the name.

The interior reminds me of many shops and reclamation yards in Islington; large industrial lamps on swing arms, retro candle pots. The mismatched furniture isn’t quite full on shabby chic, which frankly made for a nice change!

We ordered drinks and started with cinnamon swirls to start. The baked goods came with a good reputation and frankly it was the best cinnamon bun I’ve ever had. We followed this with meatballs on bread with beetroot salad. Just look at the photos for how striking this light lunch is:

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So full marks for food.

As a gift/interiors shop they have a nice selection. My partner bought an orange tea towl. They have a nice selection of goods. Hopefully they’ll cycle their wares often to bring people back to shop as well as eat.


Frankly I highly applaud their avoiding the Village as a location; they are walkable from there by the ‘in crowd’ but as a ‘regular’ resident of the borough support for the non-trendy parts is much appreciated!

It’s a nice alternative to your weekend cafe. Please do give it a try.