I love going to markets and am super lucky to live very close to the Preston Market. It first opened in 1970 (it’s older than me!) and today is jam packed full of fresh produce, party supplies, fresh flowers, toys, homewares, take away food stalls and all sorts of other great stuff.
I’m there every week without fail and sometimes I even pop in on the way to work. My fave stallholders are so friendly and I love the familiarity of chatting to them about what I’m cooking or what’s on for the weekend. If I’m by myself, they ask after Ava and how she is. If she’s with me, she always manages to get spoilt – whether it’s with samples of olive bread at the bakery or her very own little bunch of flowers from the flower stall.
About a month ago, on one of my quick stops in before work, I noticed a new coffee stall. I love my coffee, so was excited to try something from this new guy with the crazy name, Peasant Boy’s Bean Squeezery. The coffee was really good and I was very happy to discover that the stall was part of the new Preston Artist Market, affectionately titled PAM Lane.
As I was in a hurry that morning, I went back on the Friday with Ava and my Mum. We checked out the stalls and soon enough got chatting with a lovely lady who runs a very cool clothing stall called Auriol Court (her brand is Duckywear). Her designs are based on gorgeous illustrations of cats, dogs, tigers, kangaroos, horses, koalas and more.
She has an old school machine which transfers the illustrations onto really good quality T-shirts and sweaters. When Ava saw the unicorn flying through a rainbow, she was smitten, so my Mum bought her a pink T with that design. She got to see it being made and it looks awesome on her. I’ve got my eye on the black and white striped T with a lobster on it.
Another great stall is run by Pegs Marlow, a very talented ceramic designer. Pegs runs pottery classes for kids, so last week we met up with my friend Annette and her daughter Charlotte to give the class a go. The girls loved it and Annette had a go too. It was really fun and great to see the girls learning about a new craft. They made lots of little bits n bobs and got to choose one piece to be fired. We are due to pick up Ava’s little cup this week.
Another fab discovery was the Gringo Paella stall – my eyes nearly fell out of my head when I saw the huge pans of saffron-y goodness. It took me straight back to travelling through the small coastal towns just outside of Barcelona. And it did not disappoint, both Mum and I loved it.
This Friday the 30th is the grand opening of PAM Lane and we’ll be there to help celebrate. There’ll be live music, entertainment, free kids painting workshops, paella cooking demos, face painting, chocolatier demos, an outdoor cinema and so much more.
We’re excited, so come down and hang with us if you like.
L & A xo