Tuesday, 20 November 2012


We're fresh back from Berlin - with the taste of gluten-free vegan waffles in mind (yes they do exist!), cosy cafes and art on every surface, this place really was a home-from-home for us! Oh Berlin! 

We're finally settling back into the pace of things at the NGNG shop - it was great to get away and soak up the unique atmosphere of such a beautiful and ever-changing city. It's really put things into perspective for ourselves and also for the shop; how we want things to grow and what we can do here in this town of ours! Full of new energy for the project and a desire to really make the most of the community here and the freedom we have to make it ourselves!

Heres a few snaps we took of some things that inspired us on our trip …

Mauerpark was right behind our apartment - it looks so beautiful and golden in the autumn sunlight :) 

Nath's Gluten-Free, Hayleys Vegan - so these Gluten-Free Vegan waffles we're an unexpected, yet perfect find! Finally a desert that we could enjoy together :) 

Berlin is THE Capital of D.I.Y Culture and independent art! Seriously, it's everywhere; from Galleries, Shops and Markets to Street Art and Performance! 

This month seems to have shortened just as the days have, and we're ever so excited for the start of the Handmade Arcade Festive Month - we'll be hosting fairs under the cover of McCoys Arcade (which will soon be heated!) EVERY SATURDAY IN DECEMBER! Hooray for independent art and an alternative to the drab and crazy Christmas High Street! We're inviting you to come and join us and MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS! Step away from the sickening taste of Christmas on the High Street and get involved with real people with spirit and creativity.

The Festive Fairs kick off on the 1st December and will be running from 10-5pm with lots of live music, vegan food and of course fantastic local indie art that doesn't cost the earth and that can be purchased from the hands that made it!

Here's a few pictures of some great handmade things you can take away and people you can expect to meet down in McCoys Arcade on the 1st December!

This Saturday 24th November our lovely neighbours Bunyip Beads & Buttons turns 10 years old! Such an incredible achievement for an Independent shop in Exeter! Come on down to the Arcade on Saturday and join in the Celebrations :) 

For those of you that don't already know about this magical treasure trove, Bunyip is THE place to go for all your maker needs! From Beads and threads and making tools, Mattie and her lovely staff are always on hand to help, or can be found running regular workshops in their cosy little workshop space here in McCoys Arcade!

See you soon!

Hayles and Nath x

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