For the past two years, the old converted cinema opposite Clwb Ifor Bach was home to Cardiff Fashion Quarter, the go-to place for vintage clothing and knick-knacks. While it had a lot to offer fashionistas, it was perhaps quite limited, both in its offering and the layout of the space.
Relaunched by new owner James Morgan-Rees, CFQ has transformed into The Castle Emporium. While some of the old traders remain (Rock-ola Reborn, Eagle Eye Vintage, AMARAS), there is a new range of stalls, i.e. a whole lot more vintage-gem-hunting to get excited about.
We took a walk around the Emporium, snapping some of the independent businesses that have set up shop.
The view from the first floor – the colourful stalls are a treat for the eyes
Roughneck Candles recycle pocket sized tins by turning them into kitsch homeware
Just some of the bookshelves at Minotaur Books, who stock everything from popular poetry to obscure dystopian literature
Al from Al’s Musique Boutique poses alongside vintage clothing and accessories for gentlemen
Cardiff Geek Party‘s shop houses games memorabilia, retro consoles and stacks of bargain computer games
We’ll be heading back here for the Mario Tournament. There’s a different game leaderboard each month; Matt’s hoping he gets a chance to show off his Crash Team Racing expertise
So many yummy treats at Simply V, including marshmallows, wagon wheels and chocolates – and they’re all vegan!
For fans of upcycling and vintage fashion, there are stacks of menswear, womenswear and accessories to dig through
With the rejuvenated vintage haven sitting firmly at the top end of Womanby Street, it makes what is already a culturally busy passageway even more exciting. Take a stroll winding around the Emporium then down to Urban Tap House; you won’t be disappointed.
Know any other great spots in Cardiff for finding vintage treasures? Comment below or tweet your suggestions @Creative_Hacks.