Thursday, 3 November 2016

Netherkirkgate & why it's getting lit up



Aberdeen has been in slight turmoil since the oil and gas crash last year. We've been frantically trying to keep our heads above water, hoping and praying the damn price of a barrel would increase, but alas, more jobs have been cut and more doors have been shut.

It's a sad day when any business has to close, you know how hard these business' owners work, putting everything they have into their business but with bills to pay, staff to pay and the people not going out as much, it's difficult for even the most successful of business' to survive.

Netherkirkgate is one of Aberdeen's hidden gems, nestled perfectly just off of busy Union Street. A diamond in the rock, this secret gathering of new business start-up's seems to be growing quite rapidly. With numerous new business' launching in the area in the space of a year, a whole new community has emerged from the undergroud.

With supporting local a big focus in the city, I've listed some awesome business' which reside in Netherkirkgate, and why they're kicking ass and killing it on the local scene.

1. Linton & Mac
Since launching last September these guys have been imperative in putting Netherkirkgate on the map. Redefining the traditional hair salon and bringing a seriously savvy Instagram game to Aberdeen, we've been following the success of both Linton, and Mac, watching as they blow up the hairdressing scene. True ambassadors for supporting local - they get local business' involved in their business all the time - these guys have not only created over 25 new jobs in the space of a year, they've also given us an awesome new place to chill out with our besties whilst we get our bangs cut.

Young, budding entrepreneurs who proactively celebrate their success by sharing their journey with others, these guys are one's to keep an eye on. Destined for big things, this duo are killing it on the business front.

P.s - book into the style bar, you won't regret it.

2. The Cat in the Window Cafe
Bringing a totally new concept to Aberdeen, The Cat in the Window cafe has been a real success in pushing new trends into the city. Never before have we had a cat cafe, but by god you Aberdonian's are delighted we have one. Supporting other local business' by outsourcing some of their baked goods from the cupcake Queen herself, Cupcakes by Jo, these guys know exactly what their cutomers want and know how to deliver. 

From hosting unique yoga classes in the cafe, to inviting guests to lounge around for an hour with some furry friends and a fine cuppa, the Cat in the Window cafe is another business knocking it out of the park. (You can read my previous review of my experience here)

3. Unit 51
Opening last Saturday with Let it Bleed putting on a sick show, this is one place I am dying to visit. The newest live music venue to hit Aberdeen and just across from The Tunnels, this is another awesome venue which is guarenteed to get the crowds of Aberdeen jumpin' for joy.

Be sure to check out their Facebook page and sign up to their newsletter to find out when the venue is open, and what next big gig is coming to the venue. Lot's happening down in the tunnels so be sure to check this rave cave out.

4. Mad Penguin
New kids on the block, the guys behind Mad Penguin are all about suporting local. With locally sourced ingredients at the heart of their offering, these artisan gelateria and makers of delicious coffee are a must visit for me. So much so, I'm actually going for a wee tour of the place this weekend - super stoked for that. They're fresh off the press and making a name for themselves in the area, already partnering with craft beer giants, BrewDog, creating some beerutiful ice cream. 

Yes it's cold outside, and yes it's Autumn, but who doesn't eat ice cream all year round!? Pop in and show your support to these guys who are just starting out. I've heard great things about their coffee offering and they look like they make some bangin' gelato. Two words, yes please!

5.  Filthy Gorgeous
Launching this Saturday (with Scottish DJ Yogi Haughton kicking off celerations at 9pm), these guys are brand new to Netherkirkgate and are already talk of the town with their toasted marshmallow fries - you read that correct, toasted marshmallows on fries. With burgers and hot dogs on the menu, with some buttermilk fried chicken chucked in there for good measure, this venue is shaping up to be the burger joint of the moment in Netherkirkgate.
And for dessert? Bacon glazed doughuts or mammoth milkshakes, your choice. Oh, and did I mention the batched cocktails and shots they have on offer? To say I'm looking forward to trying out these guys is an understatement. Wishing them the best of luck for a party-filled weekend of opening celebrations, featuring many, many hangovers.

6. The City Bar & Diner
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is something to suit all tastes at The City Bar & Diner. With some fab coffee syrups like caramel, gingerbread, and their take on popular pumpkin to indulge in whilst sipping on your hot brew, you'll want to take sanctuary in the diner all day.

All the meals are home cooked with afternoon tea and delicious home bakes available too. It's comfortable, it's homely, and even better, it's local. Oh, and did I mention it was kid-friendly too!?

So go on you rascals, head out there and enjoy those local businesses which are right there on your doorstep. They will love you for it.

  For Now...

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