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Five things you didn't know about these Belfast retailers

Chris Suitor of Suitor Brothers
Chris Suitor of Suitor Brothers

Famed for the warmth of its welcome, vibrant culture and cosmopolitan feel, Belfast is a wee gem of a city. A city where old meets new, Belfast is oozing with charm.

Home to modern luxury outlets and an unrivalled range of high street favourites, coupled with independent boutiques and family-run businesses enjoyed by generations of shoppers, Belfast is bustling with stores.

But did you know, behind the doors of these popular establishment lie some surprising stories?

Here’s our round-up of the best little-known facts about five well-known Belfast retailers:

1. Sawers

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Sawers charcuterie board

The saying goes, “if you can’t get it in Sawers, you can’t get it anywhere". Step inside this Aladdin’s cove of culinary delights and you’ll see why this is true. From the world’s hottest sauces to homemade preserves, there’s something for everyone at Sawers.

But did you know that Sawers is home to the world’s most expensive caviar, worth a whopping £25,000?

Check out the glass case in-store which is filled with some of the world’s most mouth-watering foods with eye-watering price tags.

2. Studio Souk

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Studio Souk

This hidden art gem in the centre of Belfast is adorned with local arts and crafts on the bottom floor, but venture upstairs and a world of creativity awaits!

Did you know, the top floor is home to an artist’s studio where you can watch the masters at work, chat to the creatives or even participate in some of the store’s regular arts and craft classes?

To top it off, you can even cuddle up to Studio Souk’s resident dog, Darcy.

3. Mike’s Fancy Cheese

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Mike Thomson with some of his Young Buck cheese. Picture by Michael Kerr

Tucked away off Royal Avenue, this shabby chic brick building is an unlikely spot for a cheese shop but step inside to meet cheesemonger Mike and you’ll hear why he decided to make it Belfast and produce some of the finest local cheeses in town.

Did you know Mike’s Fancy Cheese buys milk from a single herd and is supplying Northern Ireland’s first raw-milk blue cheese.

Pop in for a tasting and take home the famous Young Buck, Northern Ireland’s first raw-milk blue cheese, which is now being served up in some of Belfast’s best restaurants. Sample the fresh breads and wash it all down with a local craft beer for a culinary feast like no other.

4. Steensons

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Steensons GOT collection

Famed for its unique and contemporary creations, this Northern Irish jewellery design company has been catapulted onto the global stage.

Did you know, Steensons produced numerous pieces for the HBO blockbuster production, Game of Thrones, including Daenerys’ dragon brooches and Cersei’s crown?

Take home your own piece of Westeros with Steensons exclusive Game of Thrones jewellery collection in-store now.

5. Suitor Brothers

Clothier to the stars, Suitor Brothers has kitted out a host of celebrities in their quality menswear – from Carl Frampton, to Rory Best and Keith Duffy. But did you know, they also make custom tailored suits for all shapes and sizes, including the ladies?

Visit proprietor, Chris Suitor, in store who will size you up for a slimming suit, sublime shirt or even some sexy shoes. With a bespoke garment and accessory service, only your imagination is your limitation.

Discover Belfast’s retail secrets for yourself and Make it Belfast this summer.

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