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Afflecks is a Manchester institution; a world-famous totem of eclectic and alternative culture, frequented by everyone from local teenagers to Lady Gaga. It is part of the heart and soul of Manchester – disruptive, different, independent, individual, trailblazing – it embodies the spirit of the city perfectly. It holds a special place in the hearts of Mancunians and is beloved of visitors to the city too.
Afflecks is an emporium of independent food outlets, artists and fashion retailers. From its very beginnings it has always been a champion and incubator of independent business, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Sprawling over four floors and housing over 60 bespoke retailers selling, making and creating a vast and incredible array of products and services – from vintage fashion to artisan ice cream to ear piercing – there’s nowhere like it in the country.
The business takes its name from the original Affleck and Brown Department Store, which opened on Thomas Street in the 1860s. What is now Afflecks was then the warehouse for Affleck and Brown. Afflecks continues to thrive with over 60 independent retailers in residence at any one time – from body painting to boutiques, from ice cream to a comic book stores. There’s retro and vintage fashion, henna and body painters, an art gallery, gifts, shoe customisers, the ice cream parlour, barbers, bespoke guitars, mural artists, vegan cafés, jewellery and much more.