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Guest Blog: Cavology…. hidden treasures

We invited Kirsty Fox to lead us up a blind alley… a good way of course, for a peek inside Cavology   Cavology is a new project set-up by The Hive, Nottingham Trent University’s business development centre. It’s a retail incubator which means that it is designed as a functioning shop and showcase of new… Read More

Nottingham Vintage Series #1: Hopkinson, Station St

Prologue: It’s a fact that our city centre is a veritable treasure chest of secondhand shops. This series of posts will explore the rise of vintage in Notts, introducing some of the enthusiasts involved and showcasing a lesser-known aspect of retail that attracts students and locals of all ages. If you often hurry past Hopkinson… Read More

A Creative Nottingham gift guide

Christmas is coming. Frankly we’ve been trying to avoid it – for example, I’ve only seen that overrated overpriced pile of animated emotionally manipulative nonsense once (you know what I’m talking about here) – but it’s time to face facts. If throwing your hard earned cash into the drawers of corporate giants dominating the high… Read More

Guest blog – Pretty Dandy Flea *warning contains Christmas references

Hello! My name’s Becky and I run an online boutique called Pretty Dandy (, which I started in Nottingham in 2011 just before Christmas. It’s a quirkily little boutique full of creative, curious and covetable gifts and things for the home. I am also the person behind the Pretty Dandy Flea – a craft &… Read More

Birthday guest blog: Knit Nottingham

Hello Again! It’s Eleanor from Knit Nottingham, the city centre’s only independent yarn shop, here catching up with you on Creative Nottingham’s fourth birthday (and so close to our third birthday)! I can’t believe how fast time flies by – congratulations! In the last four years our little shop has grown from a twinkle in my eye to to… Read More