What a fantastic shopping experience and why the new Next store in Manchester Arndale is worth a visit! As soon as I arrived I was greeted by such a lovely lady Martine Alexander who made me feel so welcome, and turned out to be a stylist to the stars! OMG… she was amazing!!
Martine had set an area in the store to quickly browse round and give you a feel for all the latest fashion trends available in store. From festival wear to evening wear, and all in between, their was something to suit all. What I liked most of all was Martine had created a real variety of designer wear to everyday wear for all budget’s. Brilliant for us mummy’s who love fashion but can’t always afford the designer price tag! Martine was so easy to talk to and gave me lots of really good advice to mix and match some key items ready for the summer…. I’ll save that for another post! 😉
After speaking to the lovely Phoebe, who works for Next. I was ready to go and explore what was happing in the rest of the store. The ladies clothes section was amazing with so much choice, from designer to Next latest Spring & Summer wear, they even have a wedding section! Such beautiful little touches throughout the floor from flowers, plants, and accessories all round. It felt as though I was shopping in a boutique, not a huge retail chain.
The new Gino D’ Acampo Pizza & Prosecco Bar. What a fantastic idea! Making your shopping experience that little more special enjoying a bite to eat whilst shopping in store 🙂
As I was escorted to a table with a panoramic view over looking Exchange Square, great place to sit! I ordered something simple and quick, as I had to get back to work. Chilli Garlic Olives to munch on whilst waiting for my Chicken Caesar Salad. I couldn’t fault the service and the whole restaurant had a lovely warm feel to it. They also have a Bambino Menu for kids under ten, at great prices. There’s a Grocery store & A Book store within the restaurant. The Cook Books are personally signed, and are £10 for Club Individual members, when you dine in the restaurant. Great presents for Father’s Day! 🙂
Going down the escalator to the Next Home section, my eyes just light up! I love everything and anything to do with the home, inside and outside. I get so excited I’m such a home geek! There’s some fab pieces to lift your Patio area up for the summer. These are a few little things I spotted and instantly loved!
Emily’s Paint A Pot what a magical creative place this is for kids, and right in the middle of Next… Amazing!! How good would it be to take Daddy, Grandma, Grandad, or even a friend shopping. They can have this great experience painting a little keepsake together, whilst you have a bit of me time shopping, a win win all round I’d say!;)
The Children’s section has lots of fun things to keep your little one’s amused from activity boards with sounds, long tubes to blow down, and screens to go behind to pull funny faces! they’ve really thought this through. Making shopping with the kids more fun!!
The Baby section is brilliant for feeding the baby, really relaxing to sit on comfy sofa’s and have some quiet time, with a screened off area if you need some extra privacy. Again with sensory areas to touch and listen.
I can just see James in this, so cute!
There’s also a Sergeant Caesar Baber Shop on the floor of the Men’s department, Paperchase and a Floral specialist in store
I want to say a huge thank you to all the staff making this a great launch party with a mini manicure, back & shoulder massage and lots of sweets I was totally spoilt and ready for anything! 🙂 I think I can say this is why the New Next Store in Manchester Arndale is worth a visit! and will keep shoppers young & old happy for hours. There really is something for everyone making shopping with the family a lot more interesting & fun! 🙂
** Disclaimer; I was sent an invitation to the launch party courtesy of the Next team. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Author: Mandy J McDonald
A UK Family Lifestyle & Days Out Blogger – Sharing our mini family adventures & my love for all home and garden inspirations with lots of tips & tricks!!!