York is more than just great architecture of course. It’s also full of interesting people and shops, and this post pays homage to them.
Phil was pleased to find a model shop next to Monk Bar. Model Shops are being killed off bit by bit by the internet (the way the world is going), so we went and had a look around, but they didn’t do tanks, so a bit disappointing and we didn’t stay long.
The Teddy Bear shop was full of special bears, and had a tea room upstairs, though we didn’t partake. I liked the giant chocolate coloured Teddy chained outside the shop. I think he was chained to stop people stealing him and also I guess to keep him upright, though he looked like a prisoner to me! You can see their full collection HERE, they do mail order 🙂 and a Facebook page HERE.
Quite a few shops have tea rooms upstairs it seems. The antique shop has some lovely old things inside, and they too do mail order HERE. Not cheap though!
Above is one of the ‘tat’ shops, although it was quality tat.
This is Phil trying to make sense of all the different flavours of chocolate, we didn’t take the tour as we had so much more to see, but here’s a little snippet.
This chap was filming the chocolate bars, which I thought strange, but I suppose I’m just as strange for taking a shot of him! Double Bizarre 😀
Some shops had figures on the wall which were to denote which type of shop it was..
Minerva was above a book shop and the inscription reads..
‘The figure above is that of Minerva the goddess of wisdom and of drama by John Wolstenholme 1801. Which is why she’s sitting on books with an owl next to her. The chap below is (supposedly) an American Indian and
once advertised the location of the tobacconist’s shop –the boy’s kilt and headwear represent tobacco leaves. (Really??)
So what you are looking for here is the red devil on the upper right. The Red Devil is the traditional sign for a printer’s shop. Stonegate was once the centre of York’s burgeoning printing industry. I wanted to get a closer shot, but the guy in the blue jacket on a step ladder was getting an even closer one. He was wandering around with his girlfriend (red coat) and a pair of step ladders, which she held onto while he got the shot. It made me laugh anyway, I mean, a step ladder??? Also in this you can just make out in the middle, a completely purple man. He was mounted on a static bike and was a real person, but charging for photo’s so I got the long shot for free. If you click on the shot you can see it all properly.
I like window shopping…and shooting
We also came across some fab buskers, this lady was really good, she had a sign up saying “no photo’s or video’s please”, but I took them before I saw the sign, and also if you’re in a public place looking like that for heavens sakes, what do you expect? She had a great voice and sang 40’s stuff.
I liked the honesty of this guy’s notice, hope he makes enough for a romantic get away 🙂
This next chap was really fab with a crystal ball, the photo doesn’t show how dexterous he was of course, but I found a very short video of him on you tube, well worth the watching.
The chap above was using a pedal powered kind of lathe and rubbery strips of plastic and would carve out a name in bubble writing, I guess for kids bedroom doors, or lockers or whatever you’d stick a name plate on.
Also we came across a Houdini kind of chap chained to a ladder, he’d drawn a big crowd and was quite funny, but we moved on before the end of the show, so not sure what the trick was!
Last, and least, a fellow tog, but you may not be able to make him out easily 😉
And that’s the end of the ‘Out and About’ sections in York, I still have York Minster to show you, and also The Treasurers house, so a long way to go yet.