Destination Banbury’s Old Town S1/E3 – The Artery

Third in our mini series is a destination shop which we are very lucky to have in Banbury, as such shops have been disappearing from the retail landscape, as they have faced stiff competition from the internet and large multiples across the UK, that being The Artery.

http://www.thearteryonline.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Artery/173619079316237

The Artery is located in Parsons Street Banbury, within the café voted the Best in Banbury, The Old Town Deli. It is a small but perfectly-formed independent shop and art centre, offering a wide range of art materials.

  

      Whether you are a professional artist or an amateur hobbyist, and whatever your preferred medium, The Artery will have something for you. 

The product range includes oil, acrylic and watercolour paints – both artist and student quality -, pastels, paintbrushes, drawing materials, specialist paper and cards, and canvases.

  

For crafters there is a range of modelling tools and materials, adhesives, lino cutting supplies, and specialist paints for glass, ceramic and fabric painting projects.  

Colouring-in for grown-ups has recently become very popular, with increasing numbers of adults realising its potential to calm and inspire. With colouring books starting at just 99p, as well as magazine titles like Art Therapy and Zen Colouring, The Artery is a good starting point for anyone wanting to encourage their creative side. 

This week marks National Stationery Week: a celebration of the art of writing. The Artery stocks inks, calligraphy pens and markers, dip pens, quality paper and envelopes and beautiful arty greetings cards, some of which are designed by local artists.
   

In short, there’s something to inspire anyone’s inner artist at The Artery, not least the man who makes it all happen – owner, artist, teacher, tutor, art historian and writer, general man about Banbury supporting everything he can – not forgetting the man behind the original Visit Banbury painting which now has pride of place in my dining room, Mr Barry Whitehouse.


Barry’s passion about the town drives him and others to make things happen and when you #visitbanbury and give The Artery a visit, you too will realise we are lucky to have him and his destination shop in Banbury.

Here’s a short video tour to give you a flavour https://animoto.com/play/cavQYg3a5C9RqhfUF3IjhA

Oh and if you hadn’t already noticed, The Artery also stocks the range of Visit Banbury merchandise 😉

Tomorrow marks the start of Art Weeks in Banbury and so The Artery will be overflowing with creations from many different artists – just one more great reason to drop in and see Barry during the Old Town Spring Party tomorrow!

A BIG thanks to guest contributor Jacqui for some of the content of this blog.

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Destination Banbury’s Old Town S1/E2 – Comic Connections

Part two of today’s mini-series of blogs is about another cool destination store in Banbury. 

Comic Connections is a little hidden away in Parsons Street in Banbury but they are really worth seeking out.

   
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Comic-Connections/188289971189629

Importantly, they are there every week, selling something which people travel from miles around to buy.
We recently visited to take photos and to talk with Glyn the owner, who is a real aficionado and so passionate about his shop, his products and most importantly his customers – not to mention being a big supporter of Banbury.

In readiness for Comic Connections’ biggest and busiest day of the year, Free Comic Book Day, we have been to take some photos and to get a feel for this great retail experience; I am now desperately resisting my youthful pass time of getting back into reading 2000AD & Judge Dredd as nothing else will get done if I start again !! 

 But take a look around for yourselves with this virtual tour http://tinyurl.com/nftwawy   

Then #VisitBanbury tomorrow to pick up your free comic books and look out on the Facebook page for a very special scavenger hunt being launched at 10am tomorrow morning.  

Destination Banbury’s Old Town S1/E1 – Record Savings

Hello all and on the eve of the Old Town Spring Festival we at Visit Banbury thought we would do a blog mini series to celebrate three of the destination stores in town. 
A sad one to start, but a really cherished addition to Church Lane over the last six months is Record Savings aka Pink Pig, the Independent Record and Cult Merchandise Shop.


Unfortunately 2nd May is the last day of their lease but they are leaving on a high with their real record store day sale continuing with up to 30% off across the shop.

In addition, in light of recent events in Nepal in a very kind gesture, they have decided to donate 50% of the profit made on Saturday, 2nd May to the DEC’s Nepal earthquake appeal so go and #VisitBanbury shop local and support them on their last day of trading.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/pinkpigrecords/

And we hope they’ll come back again very soon !!

(Some photos from Record Savings’ Facebook and Twitter feeds).