52 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW. Tel: 0161-834
Afflecks is a revitalised city centre building
with five storeys of around 50 stalls and market-type shops, which
provides shoppers with a novel buying experience.
Very like an Aladdin's Cave, Afflecks has become
a platform for fledgling designers, punk, retro style and experimental
fashion - a magnet to young shoppers, particularly on Saturdays. Affleck's
Palace was opened in 1982, the brainchild of James Walsh, a Manchester-born
hairdresser with a keen interest in the fashion industry.
Based on the street fashion of the late 1970's and
early 1980's he planned to provide affordable retail outlets for emerging
designers to sell their wares directly to the public.
Prices are generally much lower than you'd expect
to pay in more upmarket stores, but with little by way of fancy decor
or expensive overheads, these predominantly young entrepreneurs usually
offer great value for money.
themselves, they say:
"The objective is now
and always has been to encourage an exciting interesting place, which
in our modest way would be something more than just a shopping centre
based entirely on commercial interests".
- second-hand clothes
- "laid back" gear
- rare and old records
- anything to do with the occult
- books & magazines
"A shopping experience unique to Manchester".
Refreshments available on site. Unsuitable for
wheelchairs. Busy at weekends - verv, very busy!