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Why you should visit Chester Market

PUBLISHED: 00:00 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:24 16 July 2019

Chester City Centre by Paula O'Hara

Chester City Centre by Paula O'Hara

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The historic market has undergone a recent renaissance as contemporary street-food style offerings move in alongside traditional traders - we stop for a chat with faces old and new.

James Smith, owner of Death by TacoJames Smith, owner of Death by Taco

James Smith, owner of Death by Tacos

I did everything I was supposed to; I went to university, got a degree in marketing and worked my way up to become a director. But I was 30 and I thought, 'Is this it?' I've always been around food; it's a hobby and my mum and brother are both chefs.

My pipedream became a reality six months ago. The skeleton on the wall was something I spotted when I was on holiday in Mexico. It inspired the name and I even had it tattooed on me to spur me on.

Mark Johns owner of Fernyhoughs ButchersMark Johns owner of Fernyhoughs Butchers

Mark Johns, owner of Fernyhoughs Butchers

I've been here at the market for 45 years so I've seen it go through some changes. I think working here and mixing with a variety of different people has really helped me to serve the community - I'm also a judge in the family court.

All my family were in the police but I was too short to join. I've always found the law fascinating though so serving as a judge fulfils that side for me. When I retire from here, I'll continue to do that once a week.

Giacomo Guido owner of Stile Napoletano PizzeriaGiacomo Guido owner of Stile Napoletano Pizzeria

Giacomo Guido, owner of Stile Napoletano Pizzeria

My wife Anita and I were living in London where I was a pizza chef when we came to Chester for a Christmas holiday. We ended up staying. I'm from Ischia a small island near Naples in Italy so London always felt too big.

I love running my own place; I'm always thinking of what I can do to keep getting better so my mind never stops turning. I've just had a daughter and she's back in Italy visiting family. I miss her and my wife but a bit more sleep is probably doing me some good.

Renata Pubanc and Paula Selwat, full and part time workers at CrustumRenata Pubanc and Paula Selwat, full and part time workers at Crustum

Renata Pubanc and Paula Selwat, full and part time workers at Crustum

Renata: I work with Victoria who owns Crustum and I help bake the cakes. I love baking and cooking so this isn't just a day job. I really love to cook Italian food which is good since I'm marrying an Italian.

Paula: I'm only here part time and I tell Renata how jealous I am that she's here all week. This is the type of place where you can sit down and feel at home. Even the customers are helping out with Renata's wedding fund!

Lisa Lord co owner of That Beer PlaceLisa Lord co owner of That Beer Place

Lisa Lord, co-owner of That Beer Place

On our opening night eight months ago 500 customers turned up wanting a drink. My husband Dale and I had never poured a pint before that night; but we'd harboured this dream for more than 15 years since visiting somewhere similar in San Francisco.

I do it alongside running my own marketing agency. So life is crazy but I go running to de-stress. I've run 55 marathons and once did 100 miles on no sleep. Yep, I tend to do everything to the extreme.

Ruth Phillips, owner of Pips DecorRuth Phillips, owner of Pips Decor

Ruth Phillips, owner of Pips Decor

I used to have a salon. It had a gift section and slowly I found myself becoming more obsessed with the home décor element than the beauty. I've been here for nearly year and I'm hoping to launch a website dedicated to all things home ware.

It's hard work sourcing items as I like everything to be one of a kind. But it's very rewarding. It's always scary jumping into the unknown. But I think it's best to say I've tried it rather than think, 'What if?'

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