1 Central Way, Altrincham WA14 1SB
Opening Hours:Tuesday 09:00-1600, Thursday & Friday 09:00-16:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00-1700
Telephone: 07854 722806
Honey Beat is helmed by local music promoter Abi Richardson. Abi was part of the original crew that brought the short-lived, but much loved Beatnik record shop and café to Altrincham a few years ago. (Full disclosure – so was I!). When Beatnik was open, the rest of the town was shuttering up at an alarming rate, mirroring the sorry situation in town centres around the country. Since Beatnik closed, not only has the Vinyl revival gone into overdrive, but Altrincham has been somewhat reinvigorated and it is now a fully fledged foodies paradise, with empty shop spaces re-purposed as Cafés, bars and restaurants around the revamped Market hall. Beatnik offered a glimpse of what could be possible in Altrincham particularly with it’s live music events and it’s creative input – it definitely inspired the revamp of the Greenwood Street/Market area, which is now thriving. Meanwhile, Abi has been busily working as a music entrepreneur promoting live gigs at the local Cinnamon Club and in Manchester but jumped at the chance when the downstairs space at the arts workshop ‘Local Creation’ became available to house her new venture, inspired by her days at Beatnik.
You’ll find Honey Beat on Central Way – just behind the main market area opposite the outdoor market stalls and food huts.
It’s early days for the shop at the moment which was opened (in a ceremony conducted by Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets fame no less) just a couple of weeks ago at the time of writing but the vinyl racks are gradually filling up with goodies (everything from Rick Astley to Neu! as you can see in the photo). I was delighted to take away an early copy of Voodoo Ray which is hard to find in playable condition!. Abi’s not for recreating Beatnik, she’s moving forward creating something of her own. Keep an eye out for in-store events and of course there’s freshly ground coffee and cake to sustain you on your crate-digging adventures.
P.S. Abi’s special power is her knowledge of the grass-roots local music scene and up-and-coming bands so, if you want to catch the next big thing before it happens – ask Abi for a tip-off!