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My milkshake brings all the boys to the ‘dish

16 Nov

It’s no secret that here at Reddish News we love all things confectionery based. Imagine our excitement when we heard about a milkshake bar opening up on Broadstone Road. Luckily for us, we were able to grab a few quick questions with owner Andy to ask him all about this new business venture.

Hi Andy, when I first heard the rumour about a milkshake bar in Reddish, I thought “why?”, so, why?
Hi, well basically, I kind of poached the idea from a milkshake bar in Manchester City Centre. For maybe 2/3 yrs I’ve been shopping there followed almost instantly with a ‘confectionary milkshake’
Even as far back as when I first saw the place, I always wondered what if Reddish had one to work alongside the sunbed shop (editor’s note – Andy also runs Glow next door) I have there but it’s only this year the thought became more if a serious consideration and now a new start up business.

When I driving by recently I saw a queue of schoolchildren clambering to get in, is that your main target audience?
If you drive past midweek, I have to agree that you’ll see scores of school children cramming themselves in from wall to wall – however this isn’t our target audience specifically although it has become one of out stronger audiences. We also target gym goers (protein & fresh fruit shakes) and the confectionery  shakes are ageless.

Whilst I love milkshakes and I’m happy to go on record as saying that I loved my Dime bar one, do you do any healthier alternatives or smoothies?
We understand the importance of ‘healthier alternatives’ and do have – as mentioned – fresh fruit options with fruit smoothies becoming available in time for Summer 2013. We also sell fresh fruit bowls and healthy option cereal/breakfast bars too.

Is there any plan to cater for the non milk drinkers with soya alternatives?
At present we don’t have anything in place to cater for non milk drinkers but hopefully at some point once we’re settled and trading steadily, we can arrange to have things in place for this type of shake in the future.

What are the best milkshake combinations?
As far as trying to determine which is our best combination, it is something we hope to never to establish and sell as many different combinations as possible. We can advise you via the popularity scale but its down to you guys as milkshake monsters to determine YOUR best combination 🙂

MyShake is at 63 Broadstone Road, open 7 days a week. For more information, send questions to their twitter.

(sorry for referring to Reddish as the ‘dish. It won’t happen again)

by Jeremy Myers

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New look Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet

2 Oct

Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet has a new look and it wants to show it off this Friday 5th October! Not only has the mill had a makeover but it’s also got a brand new ladieswear department packed full of all the great clothes and accessories a girl could want!

So what are you waiting for? Get down to Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet on Friday the 5th October from 12 noon to see for yourself! You’ll be in good company as not only are some of the Reddish News team going to be there to take a peak, but MP Ann Coffey will be there too!

 

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Candy’s and Cards

16 Jul

If you have a hankering for something sweet or you are looking for the perfect card to send to a loved one then look no further than Reddish’s own Candy’s and Cards. Located on Broadstone Road (number 66 to be precise), dedicated sweet enthusiast and talented card crafter Candy, hand makes beautiful cards for literally every occasion! And if there isn’t a card in her collection she’s happy to make a card specific to your needs. As for her sweet collection, it has to be seen to be believed! There aren’t enough old school style sweetie shops around nowadays and Candy definitely fills the gap in the market with her huge variety of sweets from sugar free to vegetarian, there is a sweet to satisfy everyone.

You can find out more about Candy’s and Cards here.

Or follow C&C on Twitter and Facebook!

By Ana Hernandez

It’s a Rocky Road

25 Jun

One of the biggest issues I face almost on a daily basis is staying away from Classic Cakes. Positioned right next to the bus stop on Gorton Road and absolute torture for the dieter who has to catch the bus several times a week. Their window display alone is enough to get me drooling. I have to operate a serious level of restraint to stay away.

From the first day I moved to Reddish my weakness has been the Rocky Road, I have never seen anything like it. A mound of marshmallow, biscuit and what I assume is left over sugar paste from the cakes all wrapped up in milk chocolate. There is a white chocolate version but I’m loyal to the milk chocolate option. This thing is a beast – I challenge you to eat it in one sitting (but no, I am not sharing).

The Rocky Road is a sweet, gooey crunchy sensation. Possibly one of the best things about Reddish. The sweet mountain will set you back all of £1.20, a very reasonable price for the size. Not a marshmallow fan? Classic Cakes have something for everyone and I’m sure the rest of the Reddish News team will be sharing their favourite sweet treats with you in the future.

Until then let us know what your favourite Reddish cake shop is, and don’t forget to let us know what we should try out!

by Liz Edwards

A treat at Retreat

21 Jun

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I feel like I’m cheating a bit here. I’m not a resident of Reddish (though I am a frequent visitor) as I live in London. I am, however, becoming a bit of a regular down at the Retreat Salon on Reddish Road. This time, I supplemented my usual eyebrow threading appointment (£7.50, fifth appointment is free) with a neck and shoulder massage (£10 for 20 mins). I stepped in to the salon and was greeted by the lovely Priya. The first time I met her it was a bit of a shock as I was confronted with a flustered and extremely loud person with bright purple hair. However, it’s really easy to warm to her quickly as her eccentricity is more charming and welcoming than a reason to feel uncomfortable.

After a 10-minute wait (not unusual – best to come here on a day you’re not in a rush) I was led upstairs to a massage room. It reminded me of a Turkish boudoir; all purple and complete with four-poster day bed and exotic trinkets. I don’t know if I’m making it sound slightly tacky here. It isn’t. It’s really, really nicely done and makes a huge difference to the stairs and corridor, which look like the inside of a non-descript office. I stripped off and got on to the bed, ready for the perfectly nice Tina to start on my painfully kinked neck and shoulders.

I’ll be honest. It wasn’t the best massage I’ve ever had. If, like me, you spend most of your time hunched up over schoolbooks or a computer, every now and then you need your muscles beaten in to submission by hands akin to those of an angry ogre. This was an experience closer to being danced on by fairies. Not unpleasant and relaxing enough, I just didn’t walk out as knot free as I’d have hoped.

After going back downstairs and being greeted by a glass of water and an ever-cheery Priya, I settled down to have my eyebrows done. In between threading, she told me a bit about the background of the business. The salon has been open for about 18 months and the most popular treatment is eyebrow threading. It’s easy to see why – my appointments with Priya are quick, relatively painless and I appreciate her thoroughness and willingness to talk you through the process. She’s a total boss at eyebrow threading. It’s all over in 7 minutes and, in the 3 years I’ve been having my eyebrows threaded, nobody has done it better than her.

All in all, a good experience. I find the salon good value for money and (despite the slight grumble at often having to wait) I usually enjoy the experience. Here’s a tip. Phone a week or so in advance and request Priya specifically to do your eyebrows to save time and pain.

Retreat Beauty website

By Louise Frodsham

Jubilee Fun Times!

3 May

Make sure you keep a space in your diary for the Houldsworth Mill – Shopping Village  Indoor (wise – we live in Manchester) Street Party on the Sunday 3rd of June!