BUSINESSES young and old provide an all-round shopping experience in The Galleries in Wigan town centre.
One name that will be familiar to many is Brucciani’s Cafe which has had a presence in Wigan for more than two decades.
And since last summer, Baby Brucciani’s has been operating in the centre’s thoroughfare, offering a more outdoor (while still being indoor) dining experience.
Lisa Davies said: “The main cafe is for people who have got time to sit down and spend some time in there whereas Baby Brucciani’s is for people to grab a quick drink and a snack.
“In the summer it’s lovely in here with the sun shining through and we have ice creams and iced coffees on sale. It’s a nice place to sit for people to enjoy.
“People like to people watch don’t they? In the main cafe our window seats are always the first ones taken up and out here it’s a nice surrounding to sit in. Saturday afternoons are probably our busiest times.”
In the nearby Makinson Arcade, Niamh and Ruby’s baby clothes store is a new addition.
The shop is run by mother and daughter duo Dorothy Rigby and Amanda Taylor and is named after Amanda’s two daughters.
Amanda said: “We have been open since May last year but used to have a stall on the outdoor market selling clothes for babies and toddlers. We have a lovely range of Holy Communion dresses.
Dorothy said: “We had about 12 years on the market and I always wanted to sell beautiful dresses like these Holy Communion ones but we couldn’t really outside.
“But now we’re in here we’re very pleased and have a changing room upstairs which is a big advantage.
“We still have people who come past and ask ‘how long have you been here?’ and can’t believe that we’ve been here for coming up to a year.
“The shop is now on Facebook, getting our name out there will just take a bit of time.”
Another new addition is Terry’s card shop.
Owner Scott Taylor said: “We have been here since the start of December. I have had a lot of support from the centre management and we’re doing well, I’m even thinking that we might need a bigger premises.
“There’s a really nice atmosphere down here and that makes a big difference. We sell cards, banners, balloons and gifts.”