Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Lace or Lycra?
While in London recently the weekend I visited the Vintage Emporium just off Brick Lane. I was so taken with this place I asked whether I could take pictures to share with you...
Downstairs was a vintage shop full of clothes, hats etc. It was brimming with racks of lovely stuff!
I loved the advertising props and packaging (tried to buy some but they weren't for sale!)
Upstairs was a coffee shop which was decorated like a shabby lounge with lots of old chairs,sofas etc. (I felt quite at home!)
The framed music was a nice touch
but I particularly liked the old bike and stacked cases,
their use of empty frames
and old adverts,
but my favourite picture from here is this one - sweet!
Later, this coffee shop teased with its great name "Look Mum no hands"!
Obviously aimed at the bike enthusiast this is so much more than a coffee shop...
With a nod to vintage in it's advertising and old milk bottles for the flowers it was an internet cafe, and believe it or not, a place to get your bike fixed!
The furnishings were bike themed,
as was the art which was all for sale.
Had to smile at this framed print which will make the older ones amongst you recall something similar 30 years back if you remember the book with a similar title!
Having no bike, computer, lycra or cycle clips with me I wasn't around for long but I do like the way that businesses are diversifying to maximise their profits. I like to see that a bit of extra imagination is being used to provide give their customers with something different.
Have I forgotten something? Oh yes - cake! I was so taken with the decor in both places I completely forgot the most essential part of the coffee shop!