When Andy Gray and Becky Palfrey opened Colours May Vary in Leeds five years ago, they wanted it to be more than just a magazine shop. They created a place with an event space and a gallery, which could become a hub for the Yorkshire city’s flourishing creative community. We spoke to Andy about how it came together, their favourite magazines and what makes Leeds so vibrant.
Previously on ‘Meet the stockists’
Since opening its doors in Beirut’s Mar Mikhael neighbourhood eight years ago, Papercup has been at the heart of Lebanon’s blossoming independent publishing scene. In addition to selling magazines, journals, stationery and books, the store hosts events and has its own coffee shop. Recently Papercup launched The Sounder, an online magazine about culture, society and politics. We spoke to Papercup’s owner, Rania Naufal, about how it all came together…
Since opening its doors in 2008, central Berlin magazine and book store Do You Read Me?! has been a beacon for independent and “jeder kann” (approximately DIY in German – literally “anyone can”) culture in one of Europe’s most creative capitals. The store “hosts” around 1,000 book and 800 magazine titles, many of them in English. We asked co-founder Mark Kiessling the obvious question…
Drawn by its sea air and energetic cultural life, Brighton is home to a high concentration of artists, creatives and students – which adds up to a healthy appetite for independent magazines.
Evidence for this is Magazine Brighton where business has been steadily growing since the store opened in the city’s bohemian North Laines area in December 2014. We spoke to owner Martin Skelton about how much Brighton’s indie-mag scene rocks.
While Bristol is known as one of the major independent magazine powerhouses in the UK, something’s brewing in nearby Bath as well.
We spoke to Daniel McCabe of Magalleria, Bath’s first dedicated magazine shop which now stocks more than 750 titles, about how they’re getting locals hooked on indie mags.
Much to our satisfaction, we regularly hear from new shops specialising in independent magazines – a sure sign that indie publishing is thriving.
One of the latest additions to our stockists list is Porto’s wonderful Manifesto, which opened last month at Matosinhos market, where fishmongers and farmers sell their fresh produce. We spoke to Manifesto’s Eduardo Madeira about northern Portugal’s brand new indie mag hub.
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