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Have you booked your table this Christmas? Still some tables available to book Please call: 0141 620 3587.

Andiamo Giffnock | 223 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, G46 6JG. T: 0141 620 3587 | Facebook/andiamogiffnock

Welcome to our Christmas edition Your useful ‘must keep’ booklet on what’s happening in our local area.

C o n t e n t s | Articles | Local Business Adverts | Trusted Traders | Hair & Beauty | Health & Fitness | People of the Southside

E d i t o r ‘s N o t e s Welcome to the fantastic and inspiring Dec/Jan Southside Social magazine! We have been working hard to bring you the biggest and best independent businesses the Southside has to offer all year, and we will finish with an almighty bang with this edition’s juicy bunch. Party season is nearly here, so time to raid the wardrobe for your best attire and get into the festive spirit for some food and drink excesses through Christmas and New Year. And to get your New Year off to a flyer we have an amazing selection of gyms, clubs and personal trainers to get you back into shape for 2017. We continually mention our appreciation for all the businesses and readers that support us, so again thank you, have a great Christmas and an awesome New Year and we’ll see you all next year. Gaun yersel! #StaySouthside

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SOUTHSIDE ROUND UP the right direction ... and it looks like we’re getting it just right! Big shout out and congratulations to Catch Fish & Chips who won Best UK Independent Fish & Chips Award. Also to Toni’s Pizzeria who won Best Scottish Pizzeria at the Italian Awards. We know there’s even more to come from these two and from other local business with the talent to achieve great things going forward into 2017.

What a year this has been, a crazy, busy, hit-the-ground-running kind of year with so much happening here in our own Southside. The various Business Improvement Districts have worked hard to make the Southside something to be proud of. Local businesses, old and new, made every effort to retain and build on happy, valued customers and clients from Southside along with visitors from beyond our boundaries who came to see what was going on! Many local groups and organisations have also worked tirelessly, from Back to School Bank and Southside Fringe to the Southside Happenings and the local Farmer’s Markets. And not to forget My Shawlands, Giffnock Village and I Love Clarkston, a big thank you to one and all!

Christmas is coming and everybody is getting into the festive spirit, from the beautiful 19th-century stone tenements to the leafier surroundings and the villas of the Southside. The Christmas street lights are on, the Christmas events in Shawlands saw Santa’s Reindeer make an appearance, and Clarkston and Giffnock had imaginative and impressive turnouts with stalls, show rides and fireworks displays. Yet another seasonal success for Southside Traders and their customers and clients. Southside has so much to offer and it’s right on your doorstep!

Everybody takes something from the Southside and in turn gives something back, we all win if we keep moving forward in

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Mearns Builders specialise in the commercial building market, in particularly the design and manufacturing of bespoke spaces and units. They have extensive experience in undertaking projects throughout the West of Scotland. Wether it be an office fit out or upgrading a restaurant facade their team of highly skilled craftsmen have a wealth of knowledge and creative experience, and together they focus on bringing your ideas to life. They pride themselves on customer service working with you from first point of contact through to completion. The Mearns Builders team will also advise on design and materials, offering their customers exceptional value and quality. They offer

consultancy advice on design, structural engineering, architecture and CAD drawings. From initial quote to installation they will work with you to ensure they deliver a perfect end result for you on time, every single time.  Please visit their website for full details on all commercial services offered by visiting:


Mearns Builders T: 07931 569798 | | E: Facebook/MearnsBuildersLtd


A big THANK YOU! To all visitors, businesses and the Community Council who made the festive celebrations possible. Southside Sessions provided music and the Southside Fringe enforcers were out and about too. Small Business Saturday is on the 3rd of December so please shop local and support the amazing small businesses in Shawlands. For more details visit their website and Facebook page. Win a Shawlands hamper! The businesses in Shawlands are donating to provide hampers for local shoppers. Just email them an image of your receipt to enter. The details of each week’s hamper will be on their Facebook page.

The Reindeer Hunt has started! You can pick up an entry form from Pinder Optician that shows the 9 businesses who have a reindeer in the window. Find out who is where and you could win £50 of Shawlands vouchers. Hand into any participating business before Friday 16th December. Christmas window competition – don’t forget to vote for your favourite Christmas window – email or message them on Facebook – some have put in a lot more effort than others!!! Follow on: facebook/MyShawlands so you don’t miss out on any ADVENT OFFERS. A special discount or offer each day – An advent calendar for grown-ups!

My Shawlands | Room 2, Langside Hall, 5 Langside Ave, Glasgow, G41 2QR T: 07722 388726 | E: Facebook/myshawlands

Bikram Yoga

When it comes to creating a positive mind-set relieving stress, few things are as beneficial as Bikram Yoga. It’s no wonder that celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, and even Carmen Electra are devout yogis who extol its virtues. With the potential to improve many chronic health conditions as well as building flexibility, strength and stamina, Bikram Yoga is a great option for anyone looking to improve or maintain their health. It can even help you rehabilitate and prevent injuries!. Bikram Yoga is not just for women! It has become a popular addition to training regimens for world-class athletes like Andy Carol, Andy Murray, and Floyd Mayweather

They heat to room to 40 degrees so it’s a great way to detox and give the old cardio –vascular system a good work-out. In order to gain the full benefits from a Bikram Yoga routine, it’s important to find a good studio. Selecting a studio that has experienced instructors, and can provide a healthy and encouraging environment is the best choice you can make in order to get the most out of your Bikram Yoga sessions. Southside Glasgow studio is one of the best choices around. Their incredible staff and beautiful facilities are sure to help you reach your potential! Their fantastic introductory offer allows you unlimited access to the studio for 20 consecutive days.

Bikram Yoga Southside | City Wall House, 32 Eastwood Avenue, G41 3NS T: 0141 258 1919 | | E: Facebook/BikramYogaGlasgowSouth

Getting 20/20 Vision with Lapworth Opticians

Your vision is a very important sense that needs to be well taken care of. That is the reason why it is crucial to have your eyes checked every two years. Lapworth Opticians is a highly recommended optical clinic that offers their services in the Southside of Glasgow. If you are looking to have your sight checked, Lapworth Opticians is the best place to go to. They have state of the art Nidek equipment, which can be used to thoroughly examine the eyes. They also employ a cutting edge, fully paperless, unified cloud record keeping system that is comprehensive and yet effortless.

service that is tailored to their needs. They also provide exceptional customer service that is deserving of every client they have. Lapworth Opticians also offer top designer frames, such as Chloe, Jaeger, Carolina Herrera, Police, RayBan, and many others. They also supply all types of quality lenses from bifocal, varifocal, and single vision. As everyone is entitled to a free NHS eye test, they offer a full NHS eye test. They also have an onsite laboratory which gives them the ability to make your glasses onsite. If you have any problems with your eyes, remember Lapworth Opticians is the best place to be.

Being family-run, Lapworth Opticians gives every patient the needed time and guarantees every patient can be provided with quality

Lapworth Opticians | 19 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, G46 6AU T: 0141 637 4040 | | Facebook/lapworthopticians



The Pay Monthly Boiler Shop - making a new boiler affordable. As the need for new high efficiency boilers continue to grow, Boiler Genie have opened there newest Pay Monthly Boiler Shop in Cathcart. Boiler Genie is owned by 2 local experienced heating engineers who strive for 100% customer satisfaction. The purpose behind their Pay Monthly Boiler Shops is to allow home owners the chance to benefit from a brand new high efficiency boiler installed in their home without a large outlay of cash. Boiler Genie and the Pay Monthly Boiler Shop have unbeatable payment options available from 0% APR to options where you can get a

new boiler installed without the need to pay a single penny for 6 months. These Buy Now Pay Later packages offer very low monthly payments. For some customers by getting a new boiler installed with a low monthly payment option they will actually save money every month due to the gas savings a new boiler will generate. Boiler Genie also offer 10 years comprehensive parts and labour warranty on a range of boilers. If you would like to pop in for free advice or discuss things with one of their engineers in your own home please contact them direct. They also currently offer a - ÂŁ200 cash payment for your old boiler. Ask them for details, by calling: 0141 538 0018.

Boiler Genie | 8 Margaretta Buildings, Cathcart, G44 4EE T: 0141 538 0018 | | E: Facebook/boilergenie


Future Fitness are a determined lot, with a mission to provide the best training facility possible for their members. To achieve this they are currently undergoing a renovation that will undoubtedly make them the best equipped gym in Glasgow. As their tagline reads, Future Fitness certainly is “More Than Just a Gym”. With a team of approachable, knowledgeable staff who are on hand to give you advice and training tips, they ensure their gym has a supportive and fun training environment. They also believe in providing an environment that’s not intimidating to any level of visitor, and the atmosphere created by the staff and members alike certainly supports this.

When visiting Future Fitness you may be shocked by its size that is hidden from the exterior; the full facility spans 2 floors and includes a range of training zones, a weights room that includes best in class Hammer Strength equipment, a sauna, steam room and a martial arts centre. They may not be the cheapest, but they’re not far off! Memberships start from as little as £18 a month and range to suit all budgets and training schemes. Right now you can try all of the facilities absolutely free for three days by asking for a free trial pass at reception. Visit: for more information.

Future Fitness | 70 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, G41 2NN T: 0141 649 0029 | E: Facebook/FutureFitnessGlasgow


A Fun-Filled Charitable Event for Cancer Research UK, 12 Events in 12 Months. This is a charitable event that hopes to give back for Cancer Research UK. With Euan MacNeil Fitness spearheading the event, Euan and Jackie hope to make it a part of everyone’s life to bring awareness to the need for having a collective effort in zeroing in on cancer. The fund raising activity will be filled with exciting events and will be held every month for a whole year. Proceeds will go directly to Cancer Research UK which conducts research, prevention, and diagnosis for the dreaded disease. The events will include local runs, lifting challenges, obstacle events, and climbs, and will combine other activities that involve

cooperation and camaraderie. Euan MacNeil is a qualified Level 3 personal trainer, nutritional advisor, and weightlifting coach. He loves to share his passion for health and fitness with others. With an event taking place every month, he will be providing information about what will take place through his social media accounts. People who wish to give a donation can visit the site at: We hope that everyone supports them and they help the research foundation get the funds they need.

Euan MacNeil Fitness T: 07753 184152 | | E:


The aim of Back to School Bank is to provide new uniforms to schoolchildren from Primary 1 to 6th Year, operating on a referral basis only. We work with organisations such as Women’s Aid, Citizens Advice, Barnardo’s, school staff, Home Start and other Third Sector organisations and similar, who can contact the Back to School Banks when they recognise that a family needs help with school uniform or part of a school uniform. They provide uniforms exactly as they come from the stores and the clothing comes complete with labels and tags. If anything is bought or donated in packs of two or three, that is what is handed over to the child. The uniforms are supplied in good quality white or

blue polythene bags, which means that, as far as the children are concerned, their parents have shopped for these uniforms. They don’t see it as charity and it’s certainly not handme-downs. Their self-esteem remains intact, as does their parents’. Back to School Bank has recently had 2 new groups set up, bringing their total to 21. But they need more groups, especially in and around the Glasgow area. If anyone thinks they could get involved in Back to School Bank or they know anyone who may be interested, the organisation is asking that they get in touch. Contact Sandra Douglas on 07817 987122 and discover how simple it is and what a massive difference this can make to children’s lives.

Back To School Bank Tel: 07817 987122 | E: Facebook/Back-to-School-Bank-East-Renfrewshire

Toni’s Pizzeria - Best Pizzeria in Scotland

Toni’s Pizzeria - A true and authentic taste of Italian cuisine in the heart of Glasgow. Having recently been awarded as Scotland’s Best Pizzeria in the 2016 Italian Awards, the pizzeria serves truly authentic Italian food that deserves recognition. They offer the best Italian food in the heart of Giffnock, Glasgow, serving only the freshest and most delectable pizza and pasta in town. Toni’s pizzeria was established just recently but have been chosen by loyal customers for serving amazing food. The competition was tough but they managed to pull through with their loyal customers by their side. This coming year and with the help of their highly trained staff, Toni’s Pizzeria will proudly offer exciting and new dishes that will surely make your mouth water some more.

Italian cuisine is well-loved and accepted in most parts of the world. They are delightful comfort foods that anyone can have anytime. However, looking for a takeaway that truly serves a taste of the real and authentic Italian taste can be hard to find. Southside’s very own Toni’s Pizzeria, is one fine takeaway that gives us the flavour of what a real Italian cuisine tastes like. The menu includes traditional Italian pasta and pizza, all with different flavours you can choose from. They also offer their award-winning pizza Aldo Zilli, made of fresh roasted chicken, sun blushed tomatoes with a lemon and garlic base, and, Prosciutto, made from Parma ham, with loads of parmesan cheese, and basil.

Toni’s Pizzeria | 136 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6XW T: 0141 621 1600 | | Facebook/

PEOPLE OF THE SOUTHSIDE happening in the music world. Eventually, our group wants to see ourselves performing in big venues like O2, and ABC and would love to play music that we can truly call our own.” The group aims to build a solid prominence in the Glasgow music scene as a cool and trendy new alternative wedding band which offers something distinct for your special celebration.

A Hip New Alternative Band for the People of the Southside. Gail Robertson, lead singer of The Invitations, gives us some time to chat through her life at the moment. A standout from the crowd, their band has recently been nominated for VOWS award, Scotland’s prestigious wedding industry award giving body, which recognizes companies who offer excellent wedding services. The band has been in the industry for a few years, which explains why they find it fulfilling to be recognized by an award giving body. They play the best music and have learned how to make wedding celebration or event a knockout. The group met through friends of friends and started jamming with each other to form the group that we have now. Gail said: “we see to it that we are at the top of our performances by doing rehearsals every week and try to do improvements. We learn new music that is attuned with the dynamic changes

“All the band members apart from myself are full time musicians but I’ve been a dental nurse for 3 years now and love having my own little escape from music - it keeps it fresh when I go back to gigging at the weekend and gives Chris (our drummer - my fiancé) and I something different to talk about when we get home at night. I love having ‘my own’ little thing as well as music. It keeps me grounded!” said Gail. You can always catch their performances at the Linen and The butterfly and pig in Shawlands & various other venues throughout the Southside.

THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT your customers return to fill your tables and not those of the competition.

The Design Department has many years experience in web development, creative design and the online marketing sectors. Their focus is to share that experience and provide you with the opportunity to increase your sales and ultimately maximise your profit.

The Design Department are fast, flexible and competitive and can support your individual needs for brand merchandising, menus, window graphics, light boxes, signage, social media and your digital requirements.

Why use The Design Department? They have undertaken many successful and high profile business launches, produced creative and innovative websites and carried out major re-branding exercises, all to great acclaim! with some key services such as; • Logo creation and brand management • Effective, eye-catching marketing material • Competitive print costs and solutions • Responsive websites and digital platforms • SEO, social media & content marketing • HTML mailer campaigns • On-site photography • Image retouch service

The Design Department recently produced the brand identity for Black Dove & Pazzo restaurant in Shawlands. This consisted of a full range of marketing materials including the initial logo development, exterior signage, menu design, stationery pack, vouchers, custom built website among other requirements.

Promote your Restaurant Are you a restaurant owner? Then you’ll know how demanding it is to stay ahead of the competition, to promote an event and ensure

The Design Department | Platinum House, 151 Merrylee Road, G44 3DL T: 0141 266 0036 | | Facebook/ thedesigndepartmentglasgow/

Social Media Management Connecting with your customers couldn’t be easier in this day and age with the use of Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... there are so many platforms connecting current and potential sales and customers, it’s just a case of knowing how to approach it, scoping out a marketing campaign and tying it all in... and The Design Department can do all this for you including on-site photoshoots and photo studio which has proven very effective with clients.

website, every section requires comprehensive bespoke text, it’s vital you have this and The Design Department can assist and achieve these results for you with have a creative team of copywriters and developers that can get you the copy and keyword integration for each respective section, product or service that requires to be optimised.

Client Feedback “After careful consideration I chose your company to perform the service of creating a website which would represent Andiamo. The Design Department provided a very professional service that I feel was crucial in successfully creating a user-friendly site. I am very pleased with the site and we receive compliments on a regular basis. Thanks again for going above and beyond my expectations.” Gian Celino – Director, Andiamo Restaurants.

SEO, Content Marketing There is little point in having a well-designed website if nobody visits that site. The best way to attract visitors is by appearing at the top of the organic search engine results pages, this is achieved through search engine optimisation. Not only does this bring real, paying customers to your business, it also enhances your company’s reputation.

Content Marketing You need good quality unique content in your

“Thank you so much to The Design Department for being our design sponsor for Girls Uptown! Your hard work and patience was much appreciated! We are delighted to let you know that the event raised over £40,000 for the work of the Hospice and we are absolutely thrilled with this total.” Ashley Kilgour – Corporate Fundraiser The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.

Contact/Further Information To discuss your project, please call us on: 0141 266 0036 or email

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Sunday Lunch Served all day from 12PM - 8:45pm. ONE glass of Prosecco.

2 Pizzas WITH 2 drinks A small wine, beer or DRUMSTICK cocktail.

220 Stonelaw Road, Burnside, G73 3SA. T: 0141 647 6447.

69 Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow, G41 3YR. T: 0141 649 4959.

T&C’s. This voucher is limited to one purchase per person. Voucher must be produced in the restaurant or shown on mobile device. Valid until - 4th Dec. & Jan 4th - 31st 2017.


T&C’s. This voucher is limited to one purchase per person. Voucher must be produced in the Restaurant or shown on mobile device. Valid until - Jan 31st 2017.






To book please call 07581 824 824 for your hassle free MOT.

136 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6XW. T: 0141 621 1600.

T&C’s. This voucher is limited to one vehicle. Voucher must be produced on collection or shown on mobile device. Parts not included. Valid until - Jan 31st 2017.


T&C’s. This voucher is limited to one purchase per person. Voucher must be produced in the restaurant or shown on mobile device. Call 30 mins prior to your delivery or collection. Valid until - Jan 31st 2017.


AR Workwear are a family business, based in Holmlea Rd, that specialises in commission embroidery, heat sealing & transfer printing. Whether you’re a youth club, football club, nursery or small business they can print or embroider logos and design of your choice! They can print or custom embroider logos and designs for your business, event, sports team, school, special occasion, stag night, hen night... whatever the reason! If you need your company logo embroidered onto jackets, hoods, fleeces, shirts, personalised polo shirts, full work uniforms, school uniforms, sportswear or simply wish to promote an organisation, occasion or event they can help.

They can supply you with quality branded clothing at affordable prices or they can embroider your own garments. Whether you are ordering 4 (minimum run) garments or 1000, everybody is treated with the same excellent customer service. Their graphic design team can work with you to help you design, customise & personalise your printed or embroidered clothing. They can design artwork or a new company logo for your business or recreate your own logo from a business card or letterhead, even from your descriptions or rough sketches. If your not sure what garment you are looking for just pop into their Southside shop and meet the friendly staff.

AR Workwear | 97 Holmlea Road, Glasgow, G44 4AQ T: 0141 440 7322 | | E:




Loose weight in the comfort of your own home Renting fitness equipment for use in the home or office means you have total flexibility. You can hire for periods of just 4 weeks or more, to coincide with fitness charity events or specific personal fitness goals and you can buy at any time when you decide the time is right. If you don’t like the gym, hiring for short term periods throughout the year will work out cheaper than an annual gym membership. And remember that longer hire periods, attract cheaper rates.


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Barber/Men’s Stylist

Committed to providing the best men’s haircut and beard trim in Shawlands, a team of specialist men’s hairdressers will be able to guide and advise on the best style for your life and habits. Handsome Jacks, 1096 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3XA, Tel. 0141 237 3600



Kurdish style hot shave

Here at Jano Barbers every aspect of male grooming is offered. Try our £10 hot shave offer which includes, head massage, steam close shave, hot towel, ear flame and threading! Now also providing a ladies cut, colour, styling and more. Why get cut when you can get creation!

Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm 24 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, G41 3NH | Jano: 07581384245





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Choose an award winning local building company for all your home improvement needs! Our Mearns Builders trades team specialise in every aspect of home improvements from kitchens and bathrooms to extensions and renovations. We pride ourselves in the working relationship with our clients old and new, bringing commitment with respect to deadlines and customer service. Our dedicated team are here to bring your visions and ideas to life. Our newly formed commercial team are also keen to make their mark across Scotland, specialising in fit outs and renovations, kitchens, bathrooms and bespoke outdoor seating areas tailored to your requirements with TV’s, kids play areas, Al fresco dining etc. Recognised ‘Runner Up’ for best building contractor at the Scottish Home Improvement Awards 2016. Find us on Facebook & Twitter @mearnsbuilders.





All Residential & Commercial Free estimates, Free call outs 100% customer satisfaction A professional painting and decorating company based in Glasgow’s Southside covering all aspects of interior and exterior painting and decorating. Our services range from small one bedroom re-decorations to large scale commercial projects.

Painting | Decorating Interior Painting | Exterior painting Plastering


Please Call: 07936 117 901



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Scotland’s Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant 2016. The National Fish & Chip Awards celebrate the nation’s favourite dish and recognise and reward those who are providing us with the best fish and chips across the UK, both in terms of food and service.

Catch Fish & Chips | 186 Fenwick Road, Glasgow, G46 6XF T: 0141 638 9169 | | E: Facebook/catchgiffnock

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