Hanley pub’s Makers Market likely to become a regular event

Melanie Heaney (right) ran a stall called Pretty Pricks which was selling cacti.

A popular city centre bar is hoping to stage a regular creative market featuring products by artists and independent traders.

It follows the success of the first event, which was held on Saturday at The Exchange, in Trinity Street, Hanley.

Now the organisers hope the makers’ market will become a regular feature, giving creative people in the city a chance to sell their wares.

It was dreamt up by the duo behind Eat The Disco, who have seen similar markets do well in other cities and thought it was time to bring them to Stoke-on-Trent.

Lianne Shea co-owns Eat The Disco and has been pleased with the initial reception.

The 30-year-old, from Stoke, said: “This started in order to launch the brunch menu, but it is now more than that.

“We think that this sort of thing happens a lot in other cities like Manchester, Birmingham and London, so why not here as well?

“It is a good chance for people to come together in the city and celebrate all of the work that is being done in the area. We have the market and the brunch with a disco vibe and a lot of sparkles.

“We are hoping to do a lot more of these in the future and to keep getting bigger and better.”

Her best friend Melanie Heaney helped found Eat The Disco and also had a stall at the market with Pretty Pricks, which was selling cacti.

The 28-year-old said: “I have been to other markets with Pretty Pricks and they have not been as good as this with the music and the food.

“Some of them can be a little bit bland, so this was a nice way to bring food, music and markets all together. I do think there is a lot going on here and that creative people need this platform, rather than going to other cities.”

The market has been a hit with other traders, who have been impressed with the amount of footfall it attracted.

Sal Thompson trades as Gig Junkie. The 40-year-old, from Hartshill, said: “Having a makers’ market is brilliant. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have been impressed.

“It’s been good to meet other people and network. I didn’t think it would be that popular, but I was busy all day. If they did another one, I would definitely want a stall. This sort of platform is perfect for me.”

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