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Next, The Market Place, Bolton

Chain clothes shop

Great scope for imagining who buys what for what reason. All the colours, fabrics - the names of fabrics, too.

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Hays Travel

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Hays Travel, St. Andrews Court, Bolton

Hays Travel is the UK's largest independently owned travel agent.

Take your words on a journey.

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Omega Collectables

Omega Collectables, St Andrews Court, Bolton

Comic book shop. It comes highly recommended for collectors of Star Trek, Dr Who and Star Wars comics.

Superheroes of poetry?

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Stitches of Bolton

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Stitches of Bolton, St Andrews Court

Clothing repairs and alterations. Making do and mending. So many stories. How many times has this been mended? Why can't she bring herself to throw it away? What is so urgent about getting this button sewn on? Where is she going in that outfit, and why is she having it reduced in size?

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The Courtyard Jewellers

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The Courtyard Jewellers, 3 St. Andrews Court  Town Centre, Bolton BL1 1LD

New and secondhand jewellers, family firm.

Baubles, bangles, bright shiny poems about where diamonds come from, who buys them. the hopes and dreams of wedding rings...

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Babers Bladez

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Babers Bladez

St. Andrew's Court, Bolton

Hairdressers

Poems about the conversations between hairdresser and client? About the transformations? What happens to all that hair they cut off?

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Lizzie Mars

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Lizzie Mars, St Andrew's Court, Bolton

Florist, gifts, cards, vintage homeware.

Why do we give gifts, agonising over their appropriateness, their cost, how we might be perceived by the recipient?

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Booth's Music Shop

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Booth's Music Shop, 17 Churchgate  Bolton, Lancashire BL1 1HU

A real old-fashioned shop in the oldest bit of Bolton town centre. The world's oldest music shop, it is claimed, having opened only 16 years after the Battle of Waterloo. An Aladdin's cave of musical instruments, sheet music, tutors, accessories, etc: banjoes, guitars, fiddles, whistles, percussion instruments, harmonicas, sax....

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Amore

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AMORE

12  Corporation St. Bolton

Independent family-run furniture store. If beds, sofas or chairs could talk; if tables could eavesdrop on tea-time conversations...

They specialise in fairly showy furniture with much chrome and diamanté - that's amoré, as Dean Martin said. Italian for love.

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Costa Coffee

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Costa Coffee

Italian style coffee bar

34-36 Deansgate
Bolton

Huge scope for writing about the people who pass through or linger in here. Or about the view from the window. Who is that guy who has the statue? What about the two holding hands, etc.

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Mea Fashion

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Mea Fashion, 13 St. Andrews Court  Town Centre, Bolton BL1 1LD

Women's designer clothes, shoes, belts, accessories. Fabrics, feeling, looking our best. special occasions.

Mannequins swathed in silk, coddled in cotton - OK, I'll belt up.

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Greenhalgh

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Greenhalgh

Crompton Place Shopping Centre, Bolton

Bakers of bread, cakes, pies. Makers of sandwiches. Potato cakes, drizzled with butter. Mmm.

Bread, the staff of life. Biscuits, the stuff of, er, scary characters (see photo).

Bake up a poem for this noble shop that feeds the passing population.

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Card and Party Centre

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Card and Party Centre, Crompton Place Shopping Centre, Bolton

Greetings cards, wrapping, balloons, etc. How about a poem based on lines from classic greetings cards, for example. Or what new type of greeting card would you introduce?

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Beaverbrooks

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Beaverbrooks, Crompton Place Shopping Centre, Bolton

Jewellers.

Sparkly stuff for special occasions like weddings, engagements, etc. Rings are often emotive items, reminders of those who have passed away, or got away before the wedding. 

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Subway

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Subway, 46A Newport Street, Bolton

Sellers of sandwiches, coffee and salads.

Everyone has to eat. If music be the food of love, perhaps poetry is food for the soul. Be inspired: who are these people teh staff see for a few seconds at a time, coming and going, in and out, to where? from where?

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Greggs

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Greggs

7 Newport Street
Town Centre, Bolton

Well-known chain of bakery shops, made famous recently for having VAT put on pasties, and Ed Millband and Ed Balls ostentatiously being photographed munching one each outside one of the shops.

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Ernest Jones

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Ernest Jones

18 Hotel street
Bolton
BL1 1DA

Jewellery, watches, gifts.

A chance to write something that shines, sparkles or ticks away the minutes and the hours. What do the jewels think as they look at people staring at them an pointing thorugh the window?

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Barnardos

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Barnardos

49 Newport Street
Town Centre, Bolton

Lots of scope to look at the donated goods and write about the people who donated them, perhaps the links to the ones helped by the charity. Or think about the people who spend their time in there, the volunteers. What if the goods could talk, what would they tell us?

Talking of the volunteers, two of them are poets themselves, Angie an...

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Cancer Research charity shop

Cancer Research charity shop

6 Newport St., Bolton

Lots of scope to look at the donated goods and write about the people who donated them, perhaps the links to the ones helped by the charity. Or think about the people who spend their time in there, the volunteers. What if the goods could talk, what would they tell us?

A lot of stuff sold in charity shops comes from house clearance a...

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Ryman

Ryman

15-19 Newport St., Bolton

Stationery Store: write about things to write with, on and in; things to organise your life and work, where does all that paper come from? Who still buys paperclips?

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Milkshake

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Milkshake

26 Corporation St, Bolton

A milkshake bar where they shake milk, and lots of other stuff.

Read a full article in Bolton News

Shake those words and stanzas.

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Jessops

Jessops

Photographic shop

Show map of 34 Newport Street, Town Centre, Bolton BL1 1NB

Photographs have long been stimulus for poetry, often used in creative writing workshops. Once we all trooped off ot the photo shop to get our negatives and prints, quite happy to wait until they were developed. Now, it's all digital, and we can do so much with them, share them via internet, mobile...

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Phones 4 U

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Phones 4 U

64-66 Deansgate
Bolton

Mobile phone shop. Wow, what scope here for poems about the conversations people have, in what circumstances? Declarations of love, difficult news, reassurance, photo of the new baby, those 9/11 last phone calls...

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HMV

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HMV

3/5 Exchange Street
Bolton, Lancashire
01204 524641

Sell music and film media such as CD's, DVDs etc. Music, films, all those characters and stories in shiny plastic boxes, all those lives, tragedies, triumphs, disasters and daftnesses.
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The Work Shop

The Work Shop
39 Newport Street
Bolton, BL1 1NE
United Kingdom
Phone: 01204 526040

Google Map

Provides local employment information and advice for those seeking work or training: help with your CV, honing your interview skills and offer support to suit your individual needs such as confidence and motivation..

You can register with The work shop if you ar...

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PDSA Charity Shop

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Bolton PDSA Charity Shop

44 Newport Street
Bolton
Greater Manchester
BL1 1NB

PDSA’s charity shops sell a range of good quality clean donated clothes, kitchen equipment, toys, books, vinyl, CD's and DVD's to help raise money to treat the thousands of sick and injured pets their vets see each day.

Animal lovers, post your poems.

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The Magic Tree

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The Magic Tree, St Andrew's Court, Bolton  BL1 1LD

Quirky toys and gifts different from chain stores. Runs workshops for toddlers with things like craft, circus skills, pottery, reading workshops, and recycling junk to make toys.

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Waterstones

Waterstones, 34-36 Deansgate. Bolton BL1 1BL

Famous book store. Hopefully you shouldn't need any more description. Lots of scope here for things to write about. About the shop, the staff the life of books...

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Olympus Fish and Chip restaurant

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Family-run, award-winning Olympus Fish and Chip restaurant, 35-39 Gt. Moor St., Bolton BL1 1SW

Well, the name Olympus gives loads of opportunity for London 2012-based poems. And our noble fish and chips have been part of all our lives for so long. And what about the fish stocks dwindling? This is a huge place, too, with lots of different people from all walks of life.

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Octagon Theatre

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The Octagon is a nationally-renowned theatre that has lots of accolades for its productions. Artistic Director David Thacker is famous for his productions of Arthur Miller's work, having worked with the late American playwright.

It also has a popular cafe by the booking office.

The bar there is a part of Write Out Loud's history, our having run irrregular highly-successful showcase poet...

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Odessa Café and Salad Bar

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Odessa Café and Salad Bar

1 Bridgeman Buildings
Exchange Street

Bolton
BL1 1RS

video ad showing the interior

Great name, too. A port on the Black Sea in Ukraine. And, again, scope for people watching and speculating: what if...?

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Rhode Island Coffee

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This is the 12 Knowsley St., Bolton one.

Rhode Island Coffee

Here is a review in the Bolton News.

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Mr Simms Sweet Shop

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1-2 St. Andrews Court, Bolton

http://www.mrsimmsfranchise.co.uk/

An olde worlde sweet shop. One custumer wrote of it: It reminds me of the olden days and the sweet shop in Charles Dickens' novel the "Bleak House. What does it remind you of? Your childhood?

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Carbon Bar

18, St. Andrews Court, Bolton , BL1 1LD

A bar that has undergone transformation recently - caterpillar to butterfly, it says here.

http://www.carbonbars.co.uk/

Of all the bars in all the world, she had to walk into this one.

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Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe

Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe, 31 Churchgate, Bolton BL1 1HU

The popular olde worlde pasty shop in an historic part of Bolton, near the spot where Lord Derby was executed as a traitor and his part in the Bolton Massacre. Not sure the pasty shop was there then though.

Food has long been a source of inspiration for poets. Recent VAT changes and the politics of pasties might also yieid interesting...

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Carrs Pasties

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Carrs Pasties, The Corner Shop, Ashburner St. BL3 1TQ

Pasties, pies and sausage roll shop. Pastry, flour, ovens, fillings, what can you buy with your shillings?

Details of the company and shop, including map.

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St. Andrew's Court

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St Andrew’s Court is a small renovated shopping precinct in an old part of Bolton town centre. It contains several small independent shops.

Links, some with photos

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You can write about the precinct and/or individual shops within it. some of the links might help you think about the precinct's story, for example.

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