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Get to know us on the inside

There's more to the Dock than meets the eye and this month we thought it was about time we got to meet the people behind the brands.

Last year was a busy time for the Dock. We gained our Royal Charter, and welcomed a real variety of exciting new tenants, all bringing their independent ideas to the Dock. So we’ve started 2019 by taking the chance to get to know some of our tenants a bit better, asking them questions about what makes them unique and interesting.

Keeping up our ‘makers’ theme (you can read The Nest owner Katherine Caldwell’s answers a bit further down…), we caught up with Keith Hanshaw, who runs the Leather Satchel Co. – a business which is Liverpool born and bred, and over 50 years old now.

Kieth and Gail from The Leather Satchel Co meeting HRH

The Leather Satchel Co.

  • Leather Satchel kits out everyone, from royalty to rock. ‘Not only have we made items for the Royals’, says Keith. ‘We also made a bunch of white leather clogs for Queen back in the ‘80s!’
  • Many people know that we make everything here in Liverpool. Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool is our flagship store – but we also have a presence in the English Village at Epcot World, in Disney, Orlando.

    While the classic British satchel design dates back over 400 years to Shakespearean times, not many people know that between the mid-1980s and 2009, Leather Satchel was the very LAST traditional satchel maker left in England. In 2009, Harry Potter sprinkled some magic and revitalised the whole industry again – now we have a sprinkling of buddying and aspiring satchel-makers across the country.

    Leather Satchel has helped to bring back a nationally-recognised qualification in leatherwork, to start training younger people as satchel-maker apprentices. ‘In 2019 we’re also planning on launching a leather workshop at the Dock and giving lessons in leatherwork to anyone who wants to learn,’ says Keith.
  • Gail are Keith are both vegetarians – and they think that creating something beautiful out of a meat industry by-product is not only highly sustainable, but a great service to the cow’s memory.

Keep an eye on the Dock website for more news about Leather Satchel’s exciting workshop events. Or pop down to the shop to swoon over it’s rainbow array of bags, belts, card holders, keyrings and gift ideas.

Just around the corner from Keith is independent art and design shop The Nest. Owner Katherine Caldwell lets us in on a few secrets, and tells us how she champions other local designers and makers.

Katherine at the Nest

The Nest

  • Katherine’s an illustrator, and studied for her Graphic Arts Degree at the Liverpool School of Art and Design – part of Liverpool John Moores University. The School of Art and Design was famously attended by a young John Lennon.
  • The Nest not only sells work by locals designers, but collaborates with them to create exclusive products you’ll only find at The Nest. It also sets special commissions and only works with local artists, designers and makers – a real slice of independent Liverpool.
  • The Nest has strong environmental and ethical values. Katherine is passionate about ethical manufacturing and environmentally-friendly processes. She has a range of organic clothing; The Nest’s Liverpool mugs are made in Liverpool – ensuring the product has a low carbon footprint and supports another local business. And the only time you’ll see bubble wrap is when it’s re-used from other deliveries. All purchases are wrapped in fully recyclable paper, packaging in paper carrier bags.
  • The Nest’s unique welded products created a new career for retired welder Tony Shannon. His pieces include hanging planters, animals and Liver birds – but Tony only began his retail career after a conversation with Katherine. He’s now sold out two ranges, extending production to meet demand.

The Nest has plenty of exciting plans for 2019. If you haven’t popped in for a look yet, don’t leave it too long – you’re missing out!

If you’re feeling hungry while you’re down at the Dock, how about getting to know these two? We get to know two absolutely unique eateries…

Kenneth Cheung

Puffle Waffle

Puffle Waffle opened its doors last summer, bringing the moreish Hong Kong street food to Liverpool for the first time. We caught up with owner Kenneth Cheung to find out a few favourite facts…

  • Puffle Waffle started as a pop-up! It appeared first in the Baltic Triangle’s Camp and Furnace, before popping up at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and in the city centre. “We got enough positive feedback to give us the courage to take up a physical shop,” says Kenneth.
  • As we know, the recipe is Kenneth’s grandfather’s recipe. His grandad was a restauranteur back in Hong Kong – “what you taste here is original hand-made-from-scratch waffles. No waffle mix in sight,” he says.
  • If you happened to be in Puffle Waffle during Comic Con last year, you might have seen a hungry Power Ranger scoffing a scrumptious waffle…
  • 2018 saw the team pass a big milestone, selling more than 10,000 waffles last year! 
  • The team also loves a themed waffle… Keep an eye out for fun flavours and unique events, like the Unicorn waffle, of PW’s Pokemon Day, with Pokemon waffles. Next up, they promise something special for March – keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss out!
Owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella

Lunyalita

Lunyalita joined us last summer, opening its second Liverpool location. This delicious Spanish deli and restaurant is perfect for watching the world go by at the Dock, with an outdoor courtyard, private dining room upstairs and laid back restaurant across its ground floor – with a mouthwatering deli to boot. We caught up with owners Elaine and Peter Kinsella, too…

  • Before they opened Lunya, neither Peter or Elaine had any restaurant experience at all – Elaine was a child psychologist and Peter was a management consultant
  • Since Lunya opened in Liverpool in 2010, they’ve served over 1 million customers and 400,000 portions of patatas bravas across all of their restaurants
  • Lunya was the UK’s very first Catalan-inspired restaurant and deli
  • Lunyalita and Lunya are a secret celebrity haunt (although we’re not sure how much longer this will stay a secret.) Over the years, they’ve welcomed the likes of Kim Cattrall from Sex in the City, David Gest, Luis Suarez, Roberto Martinez, Suggs, Jamie Carragher, Giles Coren, Elvis Costello, Jay Rayner, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, David Silva, Pep Guardiola and Stephanie Davies.
  • Lunya is still independently owned and run by husband and wife team, Peter and Elaine Kinsella – that makes it a rare family-run high street brand
  • Every year, Peter and Elaine travel to Spain many times to meet the people who grow, make, catch the food they buy for the deli and serve in the restaurant. They’re obsessed about good quality and provenance – you really should give it a try.
Luyalita Deli Board

If you want to get to know Lunyalita better, its Spanish food quiz starts on February 8, followed by a ham carving masterclass on February 11. There’s a gourmet night on 21 February, wine tasting on 26 Feb, followed by cheese and sherry tasting on 26 March and 29 April respectively.

Or pop over and exploring some of our other new arrivals, from The Nest and Roly’s Fudge to Lunyalita, Peaberry on the Dock, Rough Hand Made and sculptor Ugo Rondinone’s technicolour Liverpool Mountain.

With more cafés, restaurants and attractions than ever, we’re convinced you’ll find something new to do. There’s more than meets the eye at the Dock. So come on over – come and get to know us on the inside.