His & Hers had an invite for lunch at Scribble. Sounded like fun. We had no idea how much fun or the wealth of creative inspiration we would find at MerseyMade. The café is a delicious part of a dynamic, local, creative hub. The mission is to promote local, Merseyside, creative talent. There are 10 open studios, and you can usually find several artists or a designer on the premises. It is their home from home, where they can both create and sell their art and designs.
Feature by Jean Hill
We met Sophie Green and Jenny Dunlop, two of the artists in residence. I caught a glimpse of Alistair McCready’s designer handbags, which are worth a second look, designed and created with great skill and a passion for detail. This space is the embodiment of the ‘Shop Local’ initiative that supports local businesses.
Here you can find Christmas present inspiration, where you get to support local creatives whilst finding extra special gifts. We were taken on a conducted tour by Vicky Gawith who conceived and then realised a dream to have a creative hub, events corner, venue hire space, café and shop all under one roof. And quite appropriately it is located on Paradise Street, Liverpool.
It is a truly welcoming space. The café is a movable feast. There are tables artfully scattered about in different parts of the hub. The menu offers brunch and lunch, with cakes and desserts very much in the frame. I chose the Korean: kimchi (a Korean classic, made by fermenting cabbage and carrots in a tangy, spicy sauce), that comes with smashed avocado and lime, with feta. I loved the contrasting flavours, well balanced to deliver great taste. Our editor chose avocado and lime toast. All delicious. We shared a cheesecake dessert (squishy and fruity; much recommended).
We shopped for cards: there are so many distinctive designs from which to choose. I admired some jewellery, to buy next time. There are homewares, stationery and books to browse and buy to your heart’s content.
There are future events that excited our interest: ‘Paint yourself Positive’ combining the creative with stress relief sounds so relaxing. Then there is calligraphy or make your own Christmas door wreaths. Much to mull over.
The décor is very stylish: the soft furnishings inspired. The staff are really friendly and very efficient. MerseyMade involves inspired vision, with the will and energy to make it happen. This is a space to cherish and support.
From the archive: Scribble Celebrates the Art of Café Culture at MerseyMade