What’s on the doorstep of Fruit Market
Since we started working on the Fruit Market concept we’ve seen the refurbished Sneinton Market transform into the hub of independent businesses the city had always hoped for.
Sneinton Market is bucking the trend of struggling retail on the high street as it attracts the kind of innovative and lifestyle led businesses that people want in their city – independent, sustainable, local and high quality.
This buzz of new business activity is helping to build upon the community in the city-centre and reinvent a marketplace that has long had potential but often fallen short. Here are some of the businesses that have helped to finally turn the tables and why you might consider joining our innovative, collaborative development in phases two or three.
Craft Beer, from tank to glass – Neon Raptor
Neon Raptor is all about producing fantastic beers for everyone to enjoy. They started several years ago by brewing some very small batches on the kitchen hob. In 2015 they entered the Brewdog Homebrew Competition to see what people thought. Then they won! This gave these talented craft brewers the encouragement they needed to set up for real.
After producing small batches for local pubs and tap rooms they finally moved into Sneinton Market in October 2017 and got their first beers, from their very own on-site brew kit, out on sale in March 2018. They’ve now opened a tap room and have lots of outdoor seating so you can enjoy their beers freshly brewed on site, which makes all the difference.
Whilst the model of craft brewers selling direct from the brewery is commonplace in the USA, this is a first for the city on this scale. This is beer at its freshest, from tank to glass in only a few yards. You can’t get more local than that.
Making your home breathe with plant life – The Watered Garden
Over the last few years we’ve seen a big interior trend for bringing plants back into the home. The benefits of houseplants are becoming well known, they purify the air, reduce stress and look beautiful. Finally Nottingham has a great plant shop in The Watered Garden. Specialising in both hard to find house plants and terrariums this new shop on the market is a deep green joy that few could deny.
Becca and Chris started The Watered Garden in their parents' conservatory in February 2017. Little did they know that a few trays of rescued houseplants in a conservatory would turn into Nottingham’s first houseplant shop. The couple quickly realised how popular exotic plants were becoming, and how hard they were to get hold of.
When they saw the beautiful units in Sneinton Market with their ‘plant perfect’ glass fronts and skylights, they knew that this was the home for their fledgling business. After 3 months of building and fitting out, they finally opened their doors in July 2018.
If you’re considering or are already moving to the local area, then adorn your home with the green delights The Watered Garden has to offer. You’re guaranteed a healthy, strong plant and expert advice too.
Make a stool in a day for your new home – By Our Hands
Nottingham’s ever-growing workshop scene gets a bright new addition in Sneinton Market, with this new woodworking workshop. By Our Hands set up in 2018 with the intention of reconnecting people with the ancient art and craft of wood-working. With so many people spending so much of their time in front of computers, By Our Hands meet a public craving for real experiences.
In their beautiful workshop you can get involved with a range of courses, such as ‘Make a stool in a day’, spoon carving with an axe and knife or wood block printmaking.
By Our Hands doesn’t just teach you the skills of woodworking but demonstrates the psychological benefits of doing ‘slow work in a fast moving world’.
Coffee going from strength to strength – Blend and Stewarts Coffee Roasters
While we’ve featured coffee roasters Stewarts and their cafe Blend on the site previously, we thought it was worth another mention due to it’s growing success. A little over a year ago they were a new feature to the market selling excellent speciality coffee roasted on site, as fresh as it could be. Since then, Blend has become so much more, it’s open plan, comfortable and spacious interior (one of the roomiest in the city?) has become a real focal point of the market and the surrounding community. A neighbourhood is perhaps not a neighbourhood without a good cafe. Long live the local roasts!
A bit of South-East Asia in Sneinton – Vietcentric
British-Vietnamese Kimi Leu is the founder of Vietcentric, the only provider of an authentic Vietnamese cooking-and-learning experience in Nottingham.
It all started when Kimi, as a refugee child from Vietnam, moved thousands of miles with her mother to make a new home in Nottingham in the late 1970s. Now, at the age of forty, and inspired by her mother, Kimi has come to understand what is truly important in life: family, tradition and home. Vietcentric is an expression of those beliefs, a cafe, cookery school and cultural centre that teaches the authentic traditions of Vietnamese culture. Vietcentric opens at limited times over the weekend and serves a concise menu of authentic Vietnamese food and runs a range of cookery courses too. If you like what you eat why not learn how to make it?
Other things in the market
Fox and Grapes
Also worth a mention is that local real ale brewery Castle Rock have refurbished the traditional market pub that many know as Peggers. They’ve bought back the original name Fox and Grapes that locals might remember from over 30 years ago.
Montana Moves to Sneinton
After 10 years in Hockley, the famous street art and culture shop has moved to its new home in Sneinton Market. Montanta, the spiritual home of Nottingham’s street art scene led by international street artist Dilk is building on the success of 10 years of being in Hockley. The new, larger store extends its existing offer of spray paints, art materials and clothing and introduces spaces for art workshops and events. It’s great to see this leader of a community who has always made a big creative contribution going from strength to strength.