A Sweet Time at The Trafford Centre

photo (42)On Saturday, a crack squad of Mancunian bloggers attended an early morning event at the Trafford Centre. The event was pulled together by the gorgeous girls at The Sweet Shop.

The Sweet Shop has been part of the Trafford Centre for the last two years. They originally opened a Stall opposite Carluccio’s in the Great Hall. In March this year they opened the shop in the Trafford Centre, closely followed by a new Kiosk in Cheshire Oaks in June. I also have it on good authority that they’re opening a pop-up shop at the Spinningfields Ice Rink in time for Christmas.

The Sweet Shop is a delightfully retro shop, with a massive; I mean massive range of sweets. From retro favourites, to American candy and modern classics. As a vegetarian I was hugely impressed that everything was properly and clearly labelled as vegetarian, gluten free, halal, sugar free etc. I loved that they had a whole section devoted to sugar free sweets and treats. Perfect for diabetics, or those looking to reduce their sugar intake.

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All the amazing Sweet Shop products are available online and I’m really pleased that I’m able to offer my gorgeous blog readers a special discount code for online purchases. Just quote ‘bloggers10’ for a 10% discount at the checkout. You can find them online at www.thesweetshops.co.uk and they deliver traditional and retro sweets and American Candy across the UK.’

We had a fabulous breakfast of pastries and juice courtesy of Carluccio’s who also offered us a discount on the day, which we took advantage of on our way out when we grabbed one of their delicious coffees. I’ve always meant to try Carluccio’s and we’ll be back soon to try the food.

While we were there, we were treated to a lovely hand and arm massage by the Lush girls, my skin smelt and felt amazing afterwards. While we were getting our rub down, we chatted about their gorgeous smelling limited edition rose jam shower gel and their fun bath time play-doh style soap which can be shaped and moulded. Great fun.

Massages from the Lovely LUSH Girls

Massages from the Lovely LUSH Girls

The generous folks at Boost Juice Bar gave us all a really lovely strawberry smoothie. I’m not really a fan of strawberries or smoothies, but I gave this a go and I liked it a lot. Everyone else was raving about them and I’m keen to see what else they have on their smoothie menu. We were all given a cute chocolate cupcake from Zara Cakes in Prestwich which I saved and shared with Splodge when I got home. It was moist and lovely!

A number of businesses in the Trafford Centre were on hand to talk us through their product ranges. I was very excited to speak to the team from Win Naturally who have a concession in Selfridges. Win Naturally was started by Phil Neville and his nutritionist wife Julie and they offer a range of calorie controlled and nutritionally balanced products, as well as nutritional services such as detox, sports nutrition and weight loss. We were given a massive goodie back of tasty snacks and supplements to try. We’ve been slowly munching our way through it’s contents. Who knew food that was so good for you could taste this great!

The Perfume Shop were also there, offering us a range of samples and an on the day discount. Their great smelling shop is packed full of presents for Christmas and to make life even easier they also offer an in-store gift wrapping service.

Although we didn’t get to meet them, we were given a goodie bag of samples from high-end and fabulous Shu uemura who are located in Selfridges, the goodie bag included some of their award winning cleansing oil, some other product samples and a complimentary brow service voucher. I am unutterably excited about having my hairy caterpillar eyebrows transformed into things of beauty.

The day I choose to de-fuzz my brows I’ll also be popping in to top salon, Regis for a colour gloss and blow dry. A proper pamper day. I’ve only ever heard great things about Regis and I’ve always meant to try it, and now I will. I’ll pop the results on my Instagram page. Very glam!

So a huge thank you to The Sweet Shop for organising such a fab event and to all the businesses who we met on the day or will meet shortly. Don’t forget to visit The Sweet Shop website and use the discount code. Keep your eyes peeled for them popping up at Spinningfields too!

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