Habiba Awan - Why I live in Hale
PUBLISHED: 16:40 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:40 03 September 2014
Habiba Awan has just opened a juice bar in the sought-after location of Hale where she also lives with husband Perri, as Susan Press discovers.
Who Am I ?
Habiba Awan. aged 27 lives with husband Perri who is also 27, in Hale where they have just launched Succo, the village’s first-ever cold-pressed juice bar (pressed juice provides far more nourishment and is healthier than traditional methods of juicing as it retains all the nutrients). The bar opened just two months ago and has attracted a wide range of customers, from kids whose parents are looking for an alternative to chocolate and crisps to the many locals who want to stay healthy and well. The couple’s families have many years of experience in the restaurant business in Manchester but this is the first time they have worked together .
My husband had always lived in Hale so when we got married and were deciding where to buy a house we thought it would be perfect. It has a good suburban lifestyle but is also a stone’s throw away from the big city so we have the best of both worlds. We also have a lot of friends in Hale so there were a lot of factors that brought us here
What sort of house do you live in?
We live in a three-storey town house with three bedrooms which was built about 10 years ago. It has a nice back garden and plenty of car space. We looked round a lot of houses but lots of them were really small and we wanted a bit more room. This one is spacious and we felt a connection with it straight away. We also felt very safe here. It’s just a five-minute walk from the village
Favourite places to eat?
We love going to Piccolinos. I adore the atmosphere there and the food is always first-class. My favourite dish is the pasta with salmon and asparagus. We go there a lot with friends.
How do you wind down?
We’re members of the Hale Country Club, which has an excellent gym with a Jacuzzi and sauna as well as a bar and restaurant, It’s a great place to go if you are feeling a bit stressed and want to unwind. I also go to yoga classes a couple of times a week. On Saturday nights we often go to the Suburbia bar. Tom who is in charge there makes you feel really welcome and it’s a good place to hang out with friends over great music and cocktails. I love to dance and it’s open late.
What are the shops like?
Fantastic! I love the local hair salon Frisor where I get my hair done once a week. It’s an Aveda salon so has lots of natural products with real focus on health and wellness and the owners are really lovely and welcoming. The Adiva clothes shop is also really special with lots of high-end fashion from Paris and I buy a lot of my clothes there. We do our weekly shop in the local Tesco but I also like to support village businesses like Hill’s Bakery where I always buy my bread. I think it’s really important to support local shops as many of them are dying out
Is it a good place to work?
At the moment I’m working seven days a week so it’s brilliant to work in such a friendly place. I’ve not lived here that long but already got to know so many different people in the community. Hale is perfect for our business as there are so many who are health-conscious and into taking care of themselves. It’s ideal for our market and has worked out really well. Lots of people tell us Succo reminds them of New York where there are lots of cold-press juice bars and where people are a lot more familiar with the concept.
Could anything improve Hale?
I think Hale is a wonderful place but the village could do more to promote local brands and businesses which match the lifestyle of residents. It’s an affluent area and everyone is very well-travelled so it could be a bit cooler with more for young people so they don’t feel the need to go into Manchester and we would also get more young people coming here to live.
What would be your Perfect Day in Hale?
At the moment I am working all the time so Saturday is the only day when I get a bit of time out. I would wake up a bit later than usual, then get a juice from Succo and go to Stamford Park with Perri where we would have a little walk around, go to the village walk around the shops, and do a bit of browsing. Then we would go home, get ready and go out for dinner to Piccolinos
Would anything tempt you to move away?
Within Greater Manchester Hale is definitely the best area to live. The only thing that would tempt me away would be to move to London as we have lots of friends and family and Peri went to university there. We love the fact there are so many restaurants and bars there and it would be great to live somewhere like Knightsbridge. We are both very passionate about food because it’s what we‘ve grown up with.