Why you should visit Stamford New Road, Altrincham
PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 November 2019
Having undergone a major restoration, we meet the independent businesses that have helped breathe life back into Altrincham's town centre,
Owner of Hansons Barbershop
What most people don't know about me is, aside from hairdressing, I have a major obsession with golf. It all began two years ago when my friends used to go to Marbella for a golfing trip and they persuaded me to give it a try. I never thought from then on I'd be obsessed with trying to perfect my game. I've found that it's a great place to meet new clients, too. Now whenever they see me on the course, they book in for a haircut.
Co-director of Ferrious
When I graduated with a fine art degree in the 80s, I needed to find a way to earn a living. I did up a big house in Whalley Range in Manchester and filled it with other art students. The place had huge cellars which is where we all had our own workshops. I had a print making workshop and Jeremy, the other co-director here, had a metal bashing workshop. We had this insane house of creatives and eventually me and Jeremy decided to work together on projects, which is how Ferrious came about.
Director of Laundry B
I work under the concept that women like to treat themselves regularly, like we do here. It is why our clothing is refreshed every couple of weeks to bring in the latest styles and statement pieces. We have regulars who visit us every week to see what new items are in and I love showing them my favourites. We came here when Altrincham didn't have much to offer in terms of fashion boutiques and I believed the ladies of Altrincham deserved that.
Manager of Toast
Since leaving school, I've always worked in the hospitality industry. The thing I love the most about it is the banter you have with the customers and making sure they're enjoying the experience. We have our regulars which is lovely to see; one of my favourites is Sheila. She comes in everyday and is now one of our really good friends. Over Christmas, when we used to close, we met up for a coffee so she wouldn't be alone and it's now become a regular thing I look forward to.
Tattoist at This Mortal Coil Tattoo Gallery
My journey into tattooing wasn't ever planned. I've always been creative and used to be a photographer. But I've always drawn and that's where my true passion lies. I was given an apprenticeship back in Nuneaton, where I grew up, and now I work as a full time tattooist in Altrincham. To me, working one-to-one with a customer, creating a custom piece of art and seeing their reaction is priceless. I once had a client cry with happiness. Although I didn't know how to react, it was incredibly moving to see her response. You don't get that in every job.
Owner of Zero Gravity Float Spa
When I first discovered floating, I was on anti-anxiety medication and had a lot of trouble with sleeping. I've always enjoyed experimenting with new things associated with healing so thought it would be worth a go. Once I tried it, I found it intensely beneficial. I've always had an interest in fitness - I do martial arts and yoga - but I really enjoy the meditation side of things. Now I have this place, I treat myself to a soak twice a week - it really gives me the time to focus on meditation. The benefits are noticeable. I can honestly say I've never felt so relaxed.