An Oasis in the City Summer 2013



Thank you to our wonderful An Oasis in the City exhibitors for all their hard work. I was incredibly proud of what we created – the quality and range was fantastic. And to all our visitors, who shopped and relaxed with ice creams and vintage afternoon teas – thank you for coming out on one of the hottest days of the year!

Here are our gorgeous official photos courtesy of Jenny from McAvoy Photography and a big thank you to one of our customers Cat for her fantastic review which you can read here.



alstaples's An Oasis in the City July 13 McAvoy Photography album on Photobucket




Summer An Oasis in the City

An Oasis in the City – Summer Emporium

11.30am – 4.00pm Saturday 13th July 2013

St Mary’s & Bowdon Parish Centre, Stamford Road, Bowdon, WA14 2TR

Admissions: £2 adults, children FREE.

Our ‘pop-up’ special day out is back, and this time it’s in it’s Summer plumage!

Created by 4 Manchester Women and The Social Butterfly – and with space for over 30 quality exhibitors, we aim to bring you all your favourite things, under one roof!

  • Special shopping destination hosting local, independent design-makers selling gorgeous handmade homewares, papercrafts, clothing, jewellery and accessories and artisan foods!
  • ‘Find Out Corner’ offering visitors a unique opportunity to find out about a new hobby or service in your area.
  • Pop up vintage tea room serving gorgeous afternoon teas.
  • Pamper zone where visitors can enjoy beauty treatments.
  • FREE fully supervised kids club, allowing you to shop, pamper and learn while your children are safe and entertained. *No need to book*
  • Charity raffle in aid of The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If you are interested in exhibiting at An Oasis in the Click here for our exhibitor pack and contact


Meet our exhbitors:


Vintage Tea Room


Our pop-up tea room will showcase local Bowdon catering company, Vintage Afternoon Teas. Gwyneth and her team will be serving a gourmet selection of homemade cakes, mouth-watering pastries and lady-like finger sandwiches.

There will also be a luxury selection of tea blends and soft drinks for the children – all served on original vintage china plates and crockery.

Kids Club


Kids Club (11.30am – 12.30am) – Fizz Kids Parties will be leading a FREE cheer leading, street dance and general jumping around session .

Kids Club (12.30pm – 1.30pm) – Stephanie Claire and The Teacup Theatre will be doing a FREE live story telling session.

Kids Club (1.30pm – 2.30pm) and Find Out Corner – Glasshouse Mini. Drama Classes with a difference for children from 3-12 yrs. Every week is different. Confidence building and speaking and listening skills are key. Children are NEVER bored in our workshops! Fun fun fun!

Kids Club (2.30pm – 3.30pm) and Find Out Corner – My Craftea Day offer stylish, fun and creative craft workshops for adults and children. Enjoy delicious afternoon tea served on vintage china whilst you craft.




épicerie Ludo is an independent grocer and wine merchant based in leafy Chorlton Green. We offer a range wines, spirits and gorgeous foods from local and sustainable sources

I Heart Jam makes seasonal jam, marmalades and jellies. We aim to celebrate British and North-West produce. We never use artificial flavours, preservatives or gelling agents.

.A Tea a Day provides unique, luxury blends of loose leaf teas. With over 28 different infusions, you are sure to find your favourite flavour.

The Real Macaron Company is a new and exciting artisanal bakery dedicated to creating and baking small, bespoke batches of perfect Parisian-style macarons.

FAT JAX Chefs Robert and Paul with over 50 years combined experience in professional kitchens bring you a selection of Cheeky Chutneys, Ravishing Relishes, Delectable Dressings and Serious Sauces for you to enjoy.

Ice Cream – The Pop Up Project Traditianal 1920′s icecream trike available to hire for weddings, birthdays, corporate and special events. Serving a delicious range of traditional ice cream and exciting toppings for themed events.


Pamper Zone


Pamper / Makeovers – The Beauty Bar …. where beauty is our duty! Quality service at affordable prices with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Come and meet our Dermalogica expert and after facemapping, have a makeover – we’ll have lots of great giveaways!

Skincare – Peachykeen Oraganics is natural skincare made in Hale using gorgeous organic oils and butters.

Health and Wellbeing – Cheadle Holistic Therapies. The Natural Face Lift Massage is an anti-ageing therapy that relieves stress and offers deep relaxation while toning your facial muscles, boosting your circulation and softening lines and wrinkles. Well-being and radiance in one blissful hour.

Handmade Zone and Find Out Corner


Children’s toys – Village Toy Company. A lovely independent toy shop in Altrincham, specialising in traditional, wooden and educational toys from birth upwards. The shop is inspired by retro and vintage toys as well as some of the latest must have wooden toys. We stock toys at all price ranges form pocket money through to role play and ride-ons.

Childrenswear - Parsnip & Bramble are a thoroughly British baby clothing company creating original, hand cut designs ideal for new baby gifts and baby showers.

Knitted accessories – Little Knitted Stars create colourful hand crocheted and machine knitted accessories to wear and for the home. Pretty hairbands and clips are our signature pieces.

Fabric craft – Memory Bears by Lily’s Love. Unique handmade keepsake bears, made from cherished clothing belonging to you or your loved ones.  Almost any clothing can be used, to create own  beautifully tailored memory bear, by Lily’s Love.

Find Out Corner Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies and children every week which can potentially save their life.

Gardening – Muck & Magic Nearly Organic Gardening Co. We offer garden maintenance and design, championing the use of water butts and home composting. We’ll be selling fruit bushes and other small plants as well as offering gardening advice.

Homewares / cards – Memo Illustration is Helen Entwisle a screen printer and illustrator who produces a range of hand printed paper goods and homewares with a mid century kitsch fee.

Paper craft – My Friend Ruth. Cut paper artworks from my studio in Manchester. I like hidden details, handwritten text, city silhouettes, leaves, lettering and fluid lines. I love to work to commission.

Homewares – Nicola Hallett’s Curious Cups. Each piece has been individually hand decorated with a combination of drawn images and stock transfers, each one is unique and has been signed. Commissions are also available and each piece can be personalised with a drawn image or written text.

Homewares / bath and beauty – The Handmade Home uses natural and quality ingredients, whether it’s the British beeswax in our Strawberry Lip Balms, Pink Himalayan salt in our Rose Geranium Bath Salts or natural soy wax in our Vanilla Sugar Scented Candles.

Homewares – Belle and Blue is a homeware and gift shop selling quirky and gorgeous gifts with a vintage twist.

Homewares / jewellery / beauty - Flitty Bird Handpicked with passion! Decorative items and furniture that can positively impact on the mood and emotional climate of your home as well as beauty products, which promote a sense of wellbeing and utter gorgeousness. A range of brands particularly from Scandinavia.

Gifts and original artwork all influenced and handcrafted with recycled and found books, papers and ephemera. Reclaimed furniture and homeware – some with a quirky paper twist..

Fashion – ISABI The art of intelligent dressing. Fashion for confident women who want to dress in an effortlessly contemporary style which will take them between the many occasions of everyday life.

Fashion – Cheshire Style Consultancy is a personal shopping and styling service based in Manchester and Cheshire. Image consultant Melissa provides style consultations, personal shopping sessions, wardrobe reviews and more!

Fashion – Love Umbrellas We create beautiful umbrellas, from subtle to seriously stand out… So come rain or shine – we’ve got you covered!

Bags & Fashion Accessories – Sally Shawcross. A range of fabulous fashion accessories in a variety of colours, sizes and price.

Tote Bags – Tote bags by Elsie xxx. These fun and useful bags, made from wipe clean material, come in a variety of sizes and designs. Made at home by me xxx.

Jewellery – The Magpie’s Daughter. Vintage inspired, handmade jewellery from the city of romance, Manchester.

Jewellery – Opal Gems is a Cheshire based contemporary jewellery designer, specialising in lapidary work – working from a studio in a renovated mill in Stockport.

Jewellery and interior accessories – Michelle Keeling Glass Design led maker, Michelle Keeling, creates a unique range of kiln formed glass products, including interior accessories, wall panels and jewellery.

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