Red Tattoo and Piercing: A lucky find for an ear piercing!
I have a fascination for piercings especially ears one. I've decided to get an ear piercing so after doing some research I visited the Red Tattoo and Piercing Studio to get it done.
I've got a pinna ear piercing and it cost me 9 gbp (January 2013). This is considered good value for money as it can fluctuate in cost at other studios. The body piercer was very friendly and professional. What impressed me is that I had to fill in a consent form and they wanted to go through with me my medical history including current medication. They also provided me cleaning/care instruction information sheet. This gave me the confidence for having my ear piercing done there then and in the future. I've got another piercing, a tragus one, in February 2014 then in November 2014 I've got my forward helix and rook done. My next piercing will be a daith in December 2014.
I would recommend them for piercings and I would consider them if I ever decide on a tattoo.
What to buy: Body piercings and tattoos (consultations/appointments are required for tattoos as these are custom designed)
Sells body jewellery and a variety of fashion accessories.
What to pay: Piercings vary from 9 gbp to 100 gbp per session.
Central Arcade was formerly known as the Market Street Arcade and re-opened in Spring 2012 after the arcade was refurbished with both side of an arcade linked with bridges.
The shops mainly consist of designer/independent shops/studios and there is a bakery, Greggs: Audere, Bo Carter, Your Dressing Room, Gossip, Lisa Jayne Dann, Mystic Moon, Remy Pro Hair Salons, Varity Lane, Pebble Hats, World of Dance and Brotherhood Tattoo.
What to buy: Please see shops above.
What to pay: Varies.
The Core: Formerly The Schofields Centre
The Core replaced the former Schofields Centre and opened in 2009 which is off The Headrow is the main thoroughfare between West and East Leeds.
There are a number of shops/attractions that are in The Core including an newly opened Burger King such as Cotswold Outdoor; Clinton; Hallmark; Waitrose; The Gym; Bank; New; HMV; JD; Sports Direct; 99p Stores; Red 5; Game and Sunglass Hut.
What to buy: See above shops.
Bird's Yard: A Vintage Stylish Shop!
Leeds takes pride in having many independent shops and boutiques in the city centre and Birds Yard is no exception. I had a look round one afternoon and also had coffee in its informal cafe.
According to its flyers it promote itself as:
'Winner Leeds most stylish shopping destination'
'Winner Leeds most stylish vintage boutique'
'Winner best uk shop'
What to buy: Birds Yard sells vintage and eclectic items and also has an informal cafe area.
What to pay: Prices vary although more expensive than average. Refreshments are reasonably priced in the cafe.
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A bit of history:
"The Light buildings were originally known as permanent house and Headrow house, a branch of permanent building which was built in 1930."
"Radission-Blu and Browns Restaurant occupy the original house"
"The light and its tenant partners make for a great environment to hang out. This mixed use scheme has an impressive open dining area as well as cinema, hotel, gym and shops"
Merrion Centre: Formerly the Largest Shopping Centre in Europe
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Opened in 1964. Approximately 90-100 shops. A bit of history:
"A bit of history:
"A symbol of resurgence in Leeds when it first opened, the Merrion Centre is the longest serving stalwart of shopping in Leeds City Centre for a while it was the largest shopping centre. For a while it was the largest shopping centre of its kind in Europe"
St John's Centre
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"Opened in 1984.
A bit of History: Ideally place between Merrion Street and The Headrow since opening, St Johns Centre has become a well established shopping complex"
"It holds variety of independent retailers something cool for music fans, there is no doubt, St John's Jumbo Records is great. Jumbo caters for a massive variety of games, stocking all kinds of music on vinyl, and are easily the most popular gig ticket retailer in Leeds"
Trinity Leeds: UK's Latest Shopping Centre!
Trinity Leeds is the UK's latest and only new shopping centre which opened in March 2013. I had a look round a couple of days after it opened and just popped into the Costa for a drink. It was very busy when I visited and once all the shops and cinema are opened I'm sure it will be well visited! There are a number of interesting restaurants I wouldn't mind checking out but it's finding the time!
What to buy: Please check out the Trinity Leeds website for the shopping centre directory.
Mint, Nail and Beauty Bar: A Perfect Place for a Pick Me Up!
I usually visit Mint whenever I fancy being pampered. I usually go for a back and neck massage (19.50 gbp) and also go for brow tidy (8.50 gbp) (January 2013)
As a treat for my forthcoming graduation (March 2013) I plan to get a facial and pedicure there. Mint offers a wonderful range of treatments done by the friendly therapists at reasonable prices so I won't hesitate to continue returning for any more treatments.
The Leeds City Centre branch open between 10.00am-6.00pm Monday and Tuesday; 8.00am-8.00pm Wednesday and Thursday; 9.00am-6.30pm Friday and 9.00am-5.30pm Saturday.
What to buy: Offers manicures, facial treatments, pedicures and massages. Mint also offers a wide range of manicure cosmetics.
What to pay: From 6.50 gbp to 52.50 gbp (January 2013) per treatment.
- Spa and Resort
- Luxury Travel
Briggate: Main Shopping Thoroughfare
Briggate is Leeds main shopping street and where the main high street shops and arcades are situated. There are also pubs, restaurants and cafe. The street is pedestrianised and there is street entertainment provided alongside promotion/advertising stalls of goods and services. There are some food vendors including an ice cream van dotted on the street.
One criticism is the lack of seating benches and it is felt they could do with some more as many struggle to find somewhere to sit during their shopping trips.
Trinity Shopping Centre is currently under construction but when completed one of the entrances will be from Briggate.
- Arts and Culture
CROSSGATES: ARNDALE CENTRE
The Arndale centre is a town shopping centre in Crossgates Leeds.
It is typical of a town shopping centre and has over 60 shops.
The Arndale centre has a feel of community about it, the website has offers and kids events on it for the shops.
Shops in the centre include Bon-marche, Holland and Barrett, Claire's, Thomas cook, Thorntons, Thompson and Tesco.
Monday - Friday 8:30am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm, Bank Holiday 10am - 4pm
There are three car parks within the centre.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, jewellery, food, holidays, chocolate, gardening equipment and beauty products to name a few.
What to pay: AVERAGE
THE RANGE: IF THEY DON'T SELL IT, YOU WON'T NEED IT
The Range is wonderful. They sell everything from craft supplies to furniture and pet supplies.
The store in Hunslet has a cafe.
What to buy: hobby supplies, furniture, camping equipment, pet supplies, candles, decorating equipment, wall hangings and bedding.
What to pay: about average.
Crossgates Shopping Centre: An East Leeds Shopping Centre
This is formerly called the 'Arndale Centre'. The shopping Centre has over 60 shops including a restaurant upstairs and a couple of other cafes. There are a variety of High Street and Independent shops plus some travel agents.
This is my nearest shopping centre to where I live but I tend to go to Seacroft Shopping Centre or Leeds City Centre more.
What to buy: A variety of items
What to pay: Cheap to Moderate
Christkindelmarkt (German Christmas Markets): A piece of Germany in the heart of Leeds!
Christkindelmarkt Leeds is held every year between Mid November to Mid December at Leeds Millennium Square. The German Markets offer chalet stalls selling continental and handicraft festive goodies and German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, stollen, gingerbread, cookies and roasted almonds.
As well as the market stalls there is a small funfair including a carousel.
Usual opening times:
Monday to Saturday from 10.30am-9.30pm
Sunday from 10.30am-7.30pm
What to pay: Varies
- Arts and Culture
- Food and Dining
Kirkgate Market: Famous market
Kirkgate Market first opened in 1822 as an open air market and between 1850 and 1875 the first covered sections of the market had been constructed after the market moved from Briggate. In the late 19th century, Kirkgate Market was the founding location of Marks & Spencer which opened in Leeds Market as a penny bazaar.New buildings were constructed in 1900 which included the Vicar Lane entrances. In 1975 a fire had damaged much of the building except the Vicar Lane frontage and the Market was refurbished in the early 1990s. Following this refurbishment Kirkgate Market was upgraded from a Grade II to a Grade I listed building.
Open from 8am until 5.30pm (Shop & Drop until 6pm) - you can buy everything here from fruit and meat to clothes and electrical goods.
This is a wonderful market , full of character and prices are good too. The quality of the meat, fish and vegetables is good and many Leeds hotels are supplied goods by the market traders,