Fall in love with the Barbican this Christmas #LoveTheBarbican
A true gem in Plymouth’s crown, the Barbican sparkles even more in the festive season. It offers a unique shopping experience to all visitors and is packed with excellent eateries, perfect for all sorts of ‘get togethers’.
In this feature we are giving you a taste of some of the best locations around the Barbican. We’ll give you an insight into what’s on offer and introduce some of the local traders who make this place unique and enticing.
Be sure to explore what’s on offer in and around the Barbican this Christmas!
Armada Framing – Trusted Autograph Dealer and Framing Specialists
Graham Blight, who has been working in the shop for over 12 years takes great pride in what he does and is a true wealth of knowledge when it comes to this trade. Over the years, he has had the pleasure of framing an extensive selection of antique memorabilia and art with several Lenkiewicz’s originals behind his belt. The shop is a very popular choice with many local artists, galleries and photographers.
“My favourite things to frame have to be war memorabilia. They often sit in someone’s drawer or storage cupboard until they bring them in. It can get quite emotional when a customer comes to collect the ready piece, they often shed a tear or two as it brings back all the memories. It’s very special.”
Armada Framing offers a 15% discount to service personnel on all framing services. They have a vast selection of frames and backing to choose from and Graham offers his knowledge and experience to help you choose the best way to show off your art piece and preserve memories.
“There have been lots of quite unusual things I have framed over the years. From a dead pet spider, wedding night lingerie, a leaf, 10 000 piece jigsaw puzzle and even a dead mouse which the client found under floorboards when renovating their new home. It keeps things interesting”
Apart from framing, the shop is also a well-known and respected autograph dealer. The owner of Armada Framing – Norman Holmes holds a certificate of membership to The Autograph Fair Trade Association. This allows you to buy with confidence and 100% certainty that you always get the real deal.
There is a vast choice of framed autographs on display in the shop but there’s even more they hold in their archives. From sports legends and explorers to film stars, musicians TV personalities, Armada Framing is a perfect place if you’re a fan. If there is a particular autograph or signed sports memorabilia that you’re after, please do speak with Graham who’ll be more than happy to keep an eye out for you.
Pin and Pose Says “Get in the Box” This Christmas
Pin and Pose is a local professional photography studio situated on New Street, just above Chris Robinson’s shop. The friendly owner – Caroline Shapiro offers a variety of photography services to help you celebrate the special moments in life. From couple shoots, pregnancy and bump photos, newborn sessions and toddler cake smashes to family photoshoots and oh so much more. All of her sessions either in the comfort of her modern studio or on location of your choosing.
“Get in the Box” is a particularity popular choice among many this festive season. During an hour long, fun and prop filled session you will be posing inside a purposely built box frame with a variety of backdrops to choose from. As far as ideas go, be as creative as you like. You can choose to have a family shoot or just the youngest members of the clan, you can arrange for your pets to be photographed too! After the session, Caroline will use her skills to create a unique pigeon hole effect made out of the shots she took on the day. Pin and Pose is currently offering a special deal for Festive “Get in the Box” sessions for only £100 instead of £150. This includes a 10” print, mounted and wrapped.
If you’d like to take a look at some of the examples, we thoroughly recommend taking a look at Pin and Pose’s website. We particularly liked the interactive Advent Calendar for December. Each number reveals one of Caroline’s favourite “Get in the Box” images from children’s photoshoots.
So if you’re stuck for unique gift idea, do head over to their website or social media pages, the opportunities are endless whether you would like to gift a session or take part in one and share the images with your loved ones.
Kapadokya – Traditional Turkish Tavern in Tudor Surroundings
Housed within a beautiful Tudor property in the heart of New street, the restaurant itself is full of character and charm. Step inside and feast your eyes on the beautiful, traditional Turkish decor which marries well with the building’s exposed beams and stonework. Successfully ran under the same management for many years, Kapadokya prides itself in serving authentic Turkish meals lovingly prepared by the passionate chef Ismail.
With a wealth of traditional recipes, Kapadokya’s menu combines a variety of meats, fish and vegetarian dishes that promise to satisfy and surprise. All of the dishes are completely homemade by their Turkish chef using, where possible, only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Their aim is to provide their diners with a true taste of the best Mediterranean food right here in Plymouth. The restaurant is open daily for lunches as well as dinners, we also recommend you take a look at their website for current deals and to see the full menu.
Apart from being a perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a family get together, Kapadokya is also an excellent spot for a delicious lunch or a catch up over coffee and cake. Their selection of hot drinks is truly sensational! From a traditional Turkish tea to salted caramel cappuccino, red velvet mocha latte and our absolute favourite – maple spice chai latte. Any of these would go particularly well with some traditional baklava, soaked in syrup, topped with chopped pistachios and served with yogurt and honey.
Just in time for Christmas, Kapadokya now also offers restaurant gift vouchers which can be purchased inside. What a fantastic Christmas gift idea for anyone who appreciates good food and comfortable surroundings.
Current special offers available Sunday till Thursday 11am – 10pm & Friday – Saturday 11am – 5pm :
- 2 freshly made mezes for £10
- 2 course meal with a glass of wine or Efes lager for £16
Soperfect Images – Photographer’s Heaven Right on Your Doorstep
Tucked away inside the popular “House that Jack Built” – Soperfect Images is every photographer’s idea of heaven. Whether you’re an amateur, a pro or a collector, there is plenty for you to discover inside. Russel Soper, the owner of the shop and a professional photographer himself has an ever growing collection of over 200 digital and vintage cameras, all in full working order. The shop also sells a variety of accessories, from film, straps, cases and memorabilia to a great selection of camera lenses.
Each camera purchased by Soperfect Images undergoes a thorough clean before it goes on the shop shelf, it is serviced and tested to ensure that when you take it home, there are no nasty surprises and that the equipment you get, performs at its best. All vintage cameras available are in full working order and the shop will be able to supply you with film as well as develop the images for you afterwards.
If you are tempted to challenge your skills with a camera which is 50 or even 100 years old, Russel will be running vintage photography workshops throughout 2018 starting from late January. This workshop is open for photographers of all abilities! You will have a chance to learn about different types of cameras, metering, composition, use of filters, 135 and 120 films, processing and much more. You’ll be using a variety of cameras from 1900’s through to 1980’s and each participant will be supplied with a camera and a roll of film.
For those of you considering purchasing a vintage camera, Russell also offers to meet you after purchase and help in testing your equipment. If you’re a little unsure of what results you could achieve when shooting with a vintage camera, there are many excellent examples in the shop and the friendly owner is always very keen to help and answer all your questions.
Soperfect Images recently completed their #52Cameras52Weeks project with local photographer Ashley Williams. Each week, Ashley was asked to test and review a different vintage piece and upload the photos he managed to take. Some of the cameras that took part in this project are available to purchase in the shop along with the photos Ashely took. The results are truly spectacular and a real testimony to the capabilities of these vintage and retro pieces.
Peardrops Jewellery – Fashion, Accessory and Gifts Galore
This long standing Barbican shop, has been successfully run by the friendly owner Anne. Over the years, it has changed dramatically from originally being a small earring shop inside the House that Jack Build. Anne has great passion for all that sparkles and shines which made this place a very popular choice with many fashion conscious tourists and locals.
Peardrops specialise in selling beautiful and affordable jewellery for any occasion. From earrings and bracelets to necklaces and sets in an impressive variety of styles and colours. You can easily find accessories to compliment any outfit, so if you’re looking for something to brighten up your festive wardrobe, you most certainly must pay Peardrops a visit.
Apart from all things that sparkle and shine, the shop also has an ever growing collection of handbags, gloves, scarves, hats and wraps, just perfect for this chilly weather. If you’re looking to make up a little set as a gift, the friendly owner will be more than happy to hel you choose colours and styles that go best together.
The centre of the shop is filled with a tasteful selection of tunics, dresses and cardigans which Anne orders especially from Italy. The unique patterns and designs make them particularly popular with shoppers. We have some great news ladies! As well as getting a little treat for yourself, you can also find some brilliant gifts for men and vice-versa. The shop offers a good selection of wrist and pocket watches, tasteful cuff links, quirky gifts and so much more. There is also a great variety of retro games, gadgets, vintage homeware and even cards!
All in all, Peardrops is a true Aladdin’s cave and a one stop shop for when you’re looking for a Christmas gift or are in need of a little retail therapy. Whether you’re after something particular or just fancy a browse, we thoroughly recommend stepping inside.