We headed over to the he highly anticipated opening of Grand Central Birmingham yesterday to see what all the fuss is about. We were 2 of around 54,000 people who had flocked to the grand opening.
The building itself is absolutely beautiful. It has taken over 5 years to construct and has cost around £150 million. It truly is a new landmark building for Birmingham. With the stunning stainless steel facade wrapping around the entire building and the amazing new roof floods the atrium space with natural light. It is the largest covered space in the whole of the city centre, and is as high as eight double decker buses!
We were spoilt for choice for shops and restaurants to explore, as there are more than 60 housed underneath the beautiful glass roof. From the long anticipated opening of John Lewis to Cath Kidson. If you are peckish whilst waiting for your train you are spoilt for choice from Cocomacs, who specialise in providing a mouthwatering range of freshly baked coconut macaroons to include traditional, Belgian milk, dark and white chocolate to Pho restaurant who are a family-run, authentic Vietnamese street food restaurant specialising in pho noodle soup – the national dish of Vietnam. To name just 2.
There was a true buzz of excitement and we completely forgot that we were at a train station.
This is a massive boost to the local economy and the redevelopment is a key project for the city, stimulating economic growth, it has also provided one of the best-connected retail spaces in the country. It is now a light and airy travel retail destination that you would want to spend time in rather than a dark concrete expanse of a train station with a dreary array of shops sprinkled in.
And to top it all off they even have prosecco on tap!!
This is our kind of innovation!
Wine that comes in bottles made of compressed recycled cardboard formed in the shape of a standard Bordeaux wine bottle, with a plastic liner. Created in partnership by Ecologic Brands and the Truett-Hurst winery, PaperBoy Wine.
They are 85% lighter than the usual glass wine bottle, and once finished they collapse down so that it can be recycled again. And yes we know that you can recycle glass but glass has a 28% recycling rate compared to paper’s 91% recycling rate. Therefore lowering their carbon footprint by 67%
Loving these cute beauty boxes that seem to be cropping up everywhere, they have been around for a little while but still so pretty. Glossybox and birchbox are both beauty box businesses that send miniatures to customers which are neatly packaged in the company’s namesake cardboard boxes.
Glossybox is a beauty treat, you pay a monthly subscription and get a beautiful wrapped parcel sent to your doorstep with 5 surprise beauty products.
Beauty, like packaging is about emotion, discovery and inspiration. Glossybox strive to create a special beauty experience that enhances all these elements for you, they also commission illustrators and fashion houses to create beautiful designs for limited edition boxes which you can keep for all your bits and pieces after… Perfect!
Morris kitchen is a Brooklyn based company that began with a simple idea to create and share food. They produce some outstanding cocktail mixers and syrups for the home mixologist as well as high end bars and restaurants. But its what the products come in that we have fallen in love with.
The kraft box, with intricate, delicate and beautifully illustrated fruits and vegetables, the clean sophisticated type in black and white with a pop of colour just makes us smile.
Spring has well and truly sprung and with it comes new beginnings. For boxer, our new beginning starts with a move to Birmingham City Centre to energise and fuel our creativity.
This season brings a world of possibilities and excites all of the senses.
What puts the spring in your step and what makes you think positively about new possibilities and the future?
I will drink to that!