A uniquely Manchester gift shop has opened – and all sales support local communities

A brand new pop-up gift emporium has opened on Manchester’s iconic King Street just in time for Christmas shopping.

This Is The Place has been opened by Forever Manchester selling Manchester merchandise designed and donated by some of the city’s best creative talent, with sale proceeds going towards community activity across Greater Manchester.

The pop-up shop located at 58 King Street, takes its name from the famous Manchester poem written by Tony Walsh for Forever Manchester and will open every day until close of business on 23rd November.

Some of the unique gifts available include products designed by local artists including Stanley Chow, Factory Records designer Trevor Johnson and Middleton-based artist Justin Eagleton alongside a range of This is the Place merchandise containing these world famous words.

As well as support from yours truly [I Love MCR], this uniquely Manchester shopping experience has also been supported by the people behind The Manchester Shop on Oldham Street, which has already raised more than £8,000 for Forever Manchester.

The Manchester Shop retail manager Miki Christi, who is a Forever Manchester ambassador, has helped develop a range of pop-up products to get the shop up and running, with products from the Manchester Shop’s ever popular Manc and Proud range  also available in store.

Volunteers Chris & Simon from I Love MCR

“We are really excited to bring our products to Manchester’s finest shopping street at this amazing time of year,” said Forever Manchester’s chief executive, Nick Massey.

“We’d love it if people popped in to the This Is The Place shop as part of their Christmas shopping trips into the city centre, especially knowing that every purchase makes for ‘gifts that keep giving’ with every penny raised going back into supporting our local communities.”

This is the Place will provide a welcome festive extension to Forever Manchester’s successful online shop which has been running successfully for the last two years.

Opening times are Monday to Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am – 8pm and 11am – 5pm on Sundays.

58 King Street, Manchester M2 4LY


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