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ariad Napper is a mere 21 years-old but has already been making celebration cakes for wedding, birthdays (and funerals) from home for over two years. After establishing a foothold in that part of the cake business she felt it made sense to take on a high street unit that could provide both a professional kitchen and a shop front to advertise her creations. She found a former cafe at 11 Little Underbank that suited her needs perfectly... “I had a look at some other places but this seemed the best in that it’s an up-and-coming area and I got more for my money here that I would have anywhere else. It’s also good being opposite Dress the Bride too!” The shop opened on 31st August and within two hours they’d sold out. “At the moment, the majority of my business is still the big celebration cakes because obviously I didn’t do anything else when I was working from home but as people are walking by we’re getting more people popping in for cupcakes”

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lizabeth Morgan is the latest young entrepreneur to open on Underbanks, with the (mostly) vintage shop, The Norah Store. She has a background in vintage clothing and experience of visual merchandising, social media and fashion photography. “I like that it’s quite historic around here. And there’s a really good vintage audience because of the Vintage Village and 20th Century Stores. And I love the other traders that are here, Rare Mags, The Plant Shop, SK1 Records. Everyone supports each other. When I opened I thought I’d be the youngest by miles at 24 but Cariad’s 21! It’s amazing.” Elizabeth chooses her stock very carefully, “Every single piece is hand-picked, fixed if it needs to be, laundered and merchandised in a way that’s easier to buy. I love rummaging but I know that’s what puts a lot of people off. A more curated offering is easier to shop and I have found that people who wouldn’t normally shop vintage are buying, because of that.”

As well as vintage clothing Elizabeth sells new product from local independent designers and sustainable brands such as House of Sunny, the jewellery designer Nordic Muse, who’s based at Hatch in Manchester and vegan candles from another independent local maker called Old Man & Magpie. The unit that The Norah Store occupies at 5, Little Underbank covers three floors and Elizabeth had wasted no time renting out the top floor to five local artists and designers as studio space. “The first floor I’m currently using as an event space: I’ve just hosted a clothes swap there which was really successful. I used to have a residency doing them at The Deaf Institute in Manchester. I’m hoping to have another trading moving in upstairs doing homewares.” But why Norah? “I wanted to use a woman’s name that sounded vintage. I didn’t want to use my name and ,The Norah Store, sort of rolls of the tongue.”

On the day of our visit, the seven flavours of cupcakes included Vanilla, Chocolate Caramel, Cherry Bakewell and Biscoff (“that’s the number one, everyone loves Biscoff!”) but the flavours change every day. There is also a selection of brownies, blondies and cookies as well. The main floor of the shop is quite sparse at the moment, something Cariad says she intends to address, ”Eventually I’d like to have a sit-in area and maybe do things like milkshakes and coffee but I’d like this to remain a cake shop rather than a cafe.” There is also space above and again, Cariad has plans, “I’d love to do cake classes one day. I’ve got all three floors here and I’d like to convert one of them into a teaching room for cake classes or parties.”

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