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Following a successful career as a visual merchandiser, Amelia Florence Ellerby moved to Canada and found a new love for floristry. Now she's back in the UK and runs Florence in Flowers out of her studio in Levenshulme, a full service florist that's inspired by wild English meadows.

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Startup stories: Bondi Bowls

Inspired by the vibrant Australian healthy fast food scene, Jamie Tones has brought suburban beach vibes back with him to Manchester with his plant-based bowls.
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Introducing Bad Toys

Josh Felton creates brilliantly gruesome felt toys. You could say they're the perfect Halloween gift. Buy them now from the Ancoats stories store.
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Taking notice

If you walk along the Ashton Canal you may see some of the tiny and adorable signage that Eleanor Sofia Walker has erected next to plants and wildflowers. We spoke to her about why it matters.
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Super noodles!

Alex Markham decided to follow his passion and create a range of fresh and convenient noodle pots which have won prestigious awards and are now sold all over the country.
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Sofa so good

Jenna Bainbridge is a fashion graduate that fell out of love with the industry. After spending almost six years travelling she’s back in Manchester and running her own upholstery business. Because why not?
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Introducing: Mr Soap

Charlie Bolton aka Mr Soap has been making his own unique soaps since he was 16 and he's just fulfilled a single order of 900 bars for Christian Aid. His spectacular designs are available to buy from our store now.
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Sole trader

Startup stories with Marv Vaghetti,  founder of Lanx shoes which make the gorgeous Ancoats and Sankey sneakers.
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Introducing Le Social

Le Social is an online wine shop with a personal service. Specialising in organic and natural wine.
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Life on the canal

Ever wondered what it's like living on a canal boat in New Islington Marina? Look no further.
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Startup stories: Hot wheels

Ancoats locals Scandivans transform ordinary working vans into luxury bespoke campers that give you the freedom to travel in style. Think double beds, DJ decks and showers.
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Introducing Blackjack

Local microbrewery Blackjack beers offers an excellent selection of traditional ales and lagers and runs some of the best bars around.
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The Ancoats makers' store

Ancoats stories is proud to showcase the rich creative community on our doorstep and support the talented makers who live and work here by opening our very own Ancoats makers' online store.
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10 minute Pilates for home workers

Liz Wright has put together this simple Pilates session to help those working from home, for mind and body.
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