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Hundreds of guests attended the grand opening of Walthamstow’s pop-up retail hub Central Parade yesterday evening.
Attendees took advantage of the free food courtesy of World’s Larder while alcohol was by Wild Card Brewery and Woodford Green’s Wine to Go.
Guests enjoyed live music from Harry Pane and The Wild Rye.
Some of the spaces within Central Parade opened officially last night, while others are still in preparation and will be up and running within the next fortnight.
Leontia Gallery sells contemporary art from Walthamstow and around the world. Currently on display are collections by local collaboration Static, alongside Vancouver-based Israeli visual photographer Dina Goldstein with her collection In the Dollhouse.
Fungai Marima, founder of Fungizzle Art will be running printmaking and drypoint workshops this summer and beyond. She covers lino, mono and paper stencil screen printing in one-day courses every Saturday.
Sharing a space with Fungizzle is artist Antonietta Torsiello, co-founder of the Forest Gate Arts Trail. Her work specialises in African-inspired art and hand painted homewares.
Due to open in the coming week is Birch and Star, a preloved women’s, maternity and children’s wear store run by Lotta Clarke. People wishing to sell quality used clothes can get in touch with Lotta here.
Downstairs at Central Parade, Nina Nikitina runs Keys and Hammers Piano Studio. Nina said: “I’m very excited to have the very first dedicated piano studio in Walthamstow. I’d like to team up with other music teachers who might need the space.”
Keys and Hammers will run 1-2-1 music sessions as well as a childen’s art club during the summer holidays and adult music workshops during the evening.
Pour L’amour vintage wedding dress designer Paula Moore is already up and running and taking orders. Paula is also organising the E17 Vintage Wedding Fair at Vestry House Museum on 31 July.
Artisan Hackney bakers Today Bread (who were serving up some tasty pizzas last night) will be also be a fixture for the next six months.
There’s also a place to relax and rejuvenate with Head and Hands – a deliciously scented arts salon, where you can unwind with a head massage, pick up some handmade goods, jewellery and apothecaries. The salon runs monthly meditative workshops.
There are still spaces for small businesses available at Central Parade before development begins on the building.