Monday, 28 November 2011
Happy Mondays: On the Eighth Day...
On the Eighth Day opened in 1970 and has been in the same place opposite All Saints' Park on Oxford Road since 1972. Well, there was an exception when the original building was rebuilt and they decamped to a mobile shop round the corner on Sidney Street for a couple of years from 2001.
It's a vegetarian wholefood shop and cafe and is one of my favourite places in the whole world, let alone in Manchester. Great for a wide range of unusual and ethical Christmas presents too. The deli counter is shown in this photo. Their website is worth a visit as well, at http://www.eighth-day.co.uk/
I have borrowed this chunk from their early and fascinating history at: http://www.eighth-day.co.uk/history.htm
" Located above a boutique on the now demolished New Brown Street, it opened as a craft exchange and alternative centre. 'On the seventh day God rested, on the eighth day He (She or It) created something better' was the idea of the moment at 11 p.m., September 11 1970 when trade commenced. It was a great place to tune in and drop out, but as an attempt to escape the clutches of capitalism it was less successful and in order to survive soon had to become a shop in the more conventional sense."