I Found The Hidden Lane – and You Can, Too!

the hidden lane

When people ask me what my favourite thing about Glasgow is (and it happens frequently!), I always say this: Glasgow is never boring. There’s always something exciting and unique, just waiting to be discovered – and, last weekend, I found that The Hidden Lane is the perfect example of that.

the hidden lane

If you’ve never heard of The Hidden Lane, let me bring you up to speed! Tucked behind the main streets of Finnieston, this hub of creativity is home to over 100 (!) independent businesses. Artists, shops, cafes, workshops and more occupy the brightly coloured buildings and quirky studio spaces.

But when there’s so much happening in the one place, where do you even begin? You call in the experts! For us, that was Mhairi, the fabulous ladyboss behind Bonnie Bling, who very kindly invited us along for a tour of the lane.

the hidden lane

We started with hot drinks and festive themed treats at The Hidden Lane Tearoom (the chocolate ganache was to die for!) before hitting the cobbles and checking out the curiosities and treasures at Tart’s antique store. They had a VINTAGE DISNEY POSTER in Spanish, you guys. We left and headed over to the super adorable Uptown Squirrel designs just in time – and my bank balance remained intact.

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As well as visiting some awesome stores (such as Decadent Riot, Cloud Nine Candles and Studio Number One), we also got a peek into some of the studios where the design magic happens. No room was off-limits! It was almost like an episode of Cribs – in fact, the only thing missing was Mariah Carey working out in a pair of ridiculous heels…

ANYWAY.

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Seeing the Bonnie Bling HQ with pieces of iconic Scottish jewellery coming hot off the laser cutter was a huge highlight (you know my love for the Bling goes way back!), as was getting a decorative bauble demo from Libby Walker in her bright studio.

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Visiting Vanilla Ink’s metal workshop space was a lot of fun, and I even had a go at making my own keyring! Gary took a sharp breath and stepped back when I was handed the hammer – and I think he was as surprised as me to see that I managed to come away with one keyring and zero injuries. Maybe I’m good with a hammer? Am I Thor now?

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After a few more visits, we finished up the tour at New Hellfire Club record store, before hitting Lean Factory for some lunch and fruit smoothies. Lean Factory is a fairly new addition to The Hidden Lane, and their pastel coloured cafe is the perfect place for a pit stop!

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Fancy exploring The Hidden Lane yourself? Get your diary ready…

On Saturday 25th November, The Hidden Lane are throwing a festive daytime event to launch their Hidden Christmas shopping extravaganza. There’ll be over 20 open shops and studios to explore, competitions, sweet treats, pop-ups, live music and you can even have a go at making your own keyring at Vanilla Ink.

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The fun starts at 12pm – though if you want to go along a little early to get a cuppa at the Hidden Lane Tearoom I fully support that plan!

Over the course of December, The Hidden Lane’s retailers will also be revealing special offers on their social media advent calendar – so keep your eyes peeled to @hiddenlanefinnieston on Instagram for more details…

Whether you fancy getting a start on your Christmas shopping, or want to discover some amazing local businesses and creatives, The Hidden Lane is the perfect place to start!

Skipping Straight to Dessert at Loop & Scoop

loop & scoop

If you’re familiar with my food reviews, you will know by now that I’m most certainly a Dessert Person. It’s the part of the menu my eyes tend to wander to first when friends suggest restaurants and I’ve been known to have more than one pudding in one sitting (#SORRYNOTSORRY).

So, when I first noticed the bright COMING SOON signage outside Loop & Scoop at the start of the summer, the prospect of a dessert-only cafe immediately appealed to me!

Loop & Scoop are the UK’s first Ice Cream and Churro bar and they recently opened their doors on Great Western Road with a bang (only instead of confetti, picture rainbow sprinkles raining down!), much to the delight of Glasgow’s sweet-toothed foodies.

I couldn’t wait to go and get acquainted – so, when a media invite popped into my inbox last month, I was excited to head along to their official launch party and try some of their sweet treats!

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Spread over two floors, the cafe makes the most of its bright (and 100% customised!) space – little windows into the kitchen, plenty of tables and even some classic words from Willy Wonka on the walls make Loop & Scoop a pleasure to sit in. And that’s before you even start eating…

By focusing on gelato, churros and milkshakes, Loop & Scoop know where their talents lie and don’t mess around with other menu items. Besides, when there are so many sweet options to choose from, you really don’t wonder where the non-dessert food is (or at least, I don’t!). All of the gelato is made in-house from an artisan family recipe and the team also plan to switch up the flavours and include seasonal specials. When I visited, it was close to Halloween so ‘Poison Apple’ was the flavour of the week (yes, I tried it and yes, it was delicious!).

There are non-dairy sorbets to try too, so vegan friends in your crew won’t miss out. Their classic churro recipe is also 100% vegan – yay!

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OK, while we are on the topic of churros – let’s talk about loops, baby! I only usually eat churros when I’m in a Disney park because the ones at the Glasgow Christmas markets just don’t do it for me. But now, having tried the freshly-made churros at Loop & Scoop, I can honestly say that I’m no longer resigning churros to a holiday snack.

Served filled, topped, with dips on the side and even ‘looped’ around a scoop of your favourite gelato flavour – there are lots of ways to try ’em! I just loved the dulce de leche filled ones, too good to share!

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I have a feeling that I’ll be skipping straight to dessert at Loop & Scoop again very soon and would love to know if you guys have paid them a visit yet? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter what your favourite flavour is!

Oh, Boy! Kiehl’s Mickey Mouse Holiday Collection

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Call me biased, but I think that the latest face of Kiehl’s has to be my favourite yet! No, I’m not talking about McConaughey – though he IS doing a pretty fabulous job helping Kiehl’s support Autism Speaks (well, alright, alright, alright…) – I’m talking about Mickey Mouse!

That’s right, Kiehl’s and Disney have teamed up to give some of my very favourite skincare products a Mickey makeover; just in time for the holidays. Oh, boy! I was very excited to see that the new-look Creme de Corps was dropping at Kiehl’s Glasgow and couldn’t wait to pop into the Buchanan Street store for a sneaky peek…

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Creme de Corps is one of my (and Gary’s!) most-used products and we usually splash out on the 500ml size so that we don’t fight over the bottle! This hand and body butter is super nourishing with a light, creamy fragrance – ideal for keeping dry skin hydrated and smooth, especially at this time of year.

Now that our favourite Disney star is adorning the packaging, we can’t wait to add a new bottle to our bathroom shelf!

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Other items in the Kiehl’s Mickey Mouse holiday collection will include Richly Hydrating Hand Cream, special edition hydration and facial cleansing gift sets, lip balms, a tub of grapefruit-scented whipped Creme de Corps body butter, an advent calendar (!!) and more. As part of Kiehl’s ongoing dedication to giving back, the sales of these products will also help people in need (check out this article for more details!).

Collaborating with a top luxury skincare brand AND raising money for a good cause? Not bad for a 94-year old mouse!

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Special bottles of Creme de Corps from Kiehl’s Mickey Mouse holiday collection are available in-store now, with more products releasing very soon. Will you be adding them to your letter to Santa this year?