Leicester is a City that thrives. Its excellent retail stores, bars and restaurants are full of culture and excitement, but as the nation worries about Brexit, it seems the small and medium enterprises and businesses are not holding back. They are experiencing a never seen acceleration, encouraging thousands of budding entrepreneurs to get to work, and Leicester is a city where it’s happening, along with the undeniable amount of chain stores opening too. Proving that Britain is still on the high-street.
We will be presenting 14 different businesses in Leicester, such as retails stores and venues, that are opening this year. To show you that Britain really is embracing the spirit and that more people have an aspiration in business ownership which is the stem of the economy.
1. The Dessert Boutique
97a London Road, Leicester
The gorgeous new Dessert Boutique opening in Leicester offers a wide range of tasty mocktails and mouth-watering desserts which you can enjoy at home by taking away or in-store, with the option to host and cater for large events. It has a stylish and modern interior offering outdoor seating areas.
2. The Town Street Tap Micro Pub
109 Queens Road, Leicester
Due to open in December, the manager Jamie Traynor is keen to offer Leicester an array of beers from an independent brewery which supports like-minded businesses. The wide range of Real-Ales are from its six-barrel plant and the brand-new opening of a micro-pub has been a desire for a long time. Jamie specifically wanted to create a comfortable, welcome and simple environment allowing ciders, craft-ales and wines to be enjoyed under the micro roof.
3. River Island Fosse Park Refurbishment
River Island Fosse Park Website
Fosse Park Avenue, Leicester LE19 1HQ
Ladies and Gentlemen of the fashion world, the new and refurbished River Island is now open! The brighter and more modern store will offer an exciting experience, and new products will not fail to tempt. The wide front shop windows and alluring lighting introduce a bigger and better store. Located in Leicester’ busiest and most successful shopping park it won’t fail to amaze.
4. nkd() Salon
6 Silver Walk in St Martins Square, Leicester
Now, in the new Leicester store, we have the luxury of three floors, in which we house 5 treatment rooms and two lash & brow bar spaces. Nkd ( ) was founded in 2009 with a very clear mission – to provide high-quality waxing treatments to men and women in a professional and clean environment. We particularly specialize in the delicate art of male and female intimate waxing, so from Brazilians and back waxes to Hollywood’s and half-leg waxes, at nkd ( ) waxing we’ve really have seen – and done – it all.
5. Rescue @VenusCow
Francis Street, Leicester
The owner of the store, Shirley Yanez, shares her passion as a social entrepreneur, committed to providing affordable high-quality fashion and helping others with an inspirational story of her life. The store will sell items with worldwide brand names such as Versace and Chanel. Yanez also claims her products have been pre-used but not by the typical owners, but by stars like Sinitta and the actress Sharon Stone. The boutique-style design of the store is welcoming, exciting and looks top to bottom Hollywood. Just another one of the fabulous independent businesses in Leicester.
There hasn’t been a location chosen yet to where this peculiar arts and crafts store will be, but we sure can’t wait. Smashit is opening on Valentine’s day in 2018 which if not on purpose then very ironic. The idea behind the whole place is for people to have a space where you can smash your frustrations away and create art in the meantime. Mosaics will be made, with the idea of turning a feeling that was ugly at the start, into something potentially beautiful. It’s a unique and brilliant idea, but will it be successful? There has so far been some very positive feedback from artists and the local public, and you can get involved in the launch party… visit this link
Smashit Webpage and Launch Party sign-up
If you’ve heard of Doughnotts in Nottingham you’re in for a treat! Doughnotts Leicester have revealed they will be opening a store and it’s going to be better than ever, beating Nottingham’s aim of having 18 available flavours each day, the handmade doughnut company now branching out to Leicester is ready to wow.
8. Wrapchic Leicester
Gallowtree Gate, Leicester City Center
Their passion for Indian and Mexican food coupled with a desire to bring Indian food in a 21st-century format has driven the company to open a brand-new branch in Leicester. They have the vision to be “the most loved burrito company in the world” starting out in 2012 as a small stall and have now over 6 locations. The store will be opened in December offering breakfasts and Indian food served in a burrito.
9. Walkabout Leicester
Belvoir Street, Leicester
The Aussie made Walkabout Bar Leicester has been fully refurbished and is finally open to the public on the Sunday 3rd December at 11 am. With drink deals from £2.50. The Walkabout Bars are known for their relaxed environment, Australian inspired food and alcohol, sports screenings and large dance-floors. All you have to wait is two weeks to have a look your self!
10. Gadabout Cocktail Bar
10 Guildhall Lane, Leicester
The Gadabout Cocktail Bar Website
The brand new opening of Leicesters Gadabout has left cocktail bar fans thrilled. They believe in seeking pleasure in all walks of life and Gadabout’s aim is to make pleasure a reality no matter what. Offering a wide range of spirits, cocktails beer and wines from all over the globe. It’s even the first bar in East-midlands history to offer cocktails out of drought! The internal of Leicesters new swanky bar includes slick exposed brickwork and original features such as wooden furniture and brushed brass furnishings. It really is an impressive new business that Leicester now has to offer.
11. New pub of the Eating Inn Brand
Heathley Park in Groby Road, Leicester
Previously a Fayre & Square pub, its now being completely changed and refurbished. Creating a new and friendly interior for families and other diners to enjoy. The manager describes the surroundings as homely offering full table service and a relaxing environment. The amount of new businesses in Leicester arriving in November alone this year is pleasantly surprising. And not only are they creating a better economy, but they’re helping with other issues that are common such as unemployment. This pub restaurant will offer over 15 new jobs to the public!
12. The Distillery Leicester
27 Market St, Leicester
From Japanese food to American favourites, this new bar and restaurant have it all. With the Friday and Saturday night deals and quiz nights for all to attend, it really has taken off. The £300,000 project now offers a trendy and relaxed environment which almost turns into a club in the busy evenings. The walls and decorations within are inspired by different artists and styles drawing in mixed audiences from all over Leicester.
13. The Leicester Escape Rooms
The Escape Rooms Leicester Webpage
11-14, St Martins, Leicester
The new Escape Rooms that are being introduced in Leicester is one of the creepiest yet thrilling things we’ve seen, packed full of excitement you can go as a two or in teams and are perfect for parties and special events. The Escape Rooms are being built in what remains of old bank vaults and by the end of 2018, its said they’re aiming for 5 more rooms and 1 for over 18+’s! It’s definitely going to be a different experience and its filled a scarily big gap in the market for things to do on your Friday nights.
So, It’s clear to see that Leicester is introducing many different businesses in 2017, and there’s no doubt this will increase by 2018 as there is less stigma around small businesses being successful.
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