In a series of blogposts, we'll be looking at the various movers and shakers in our beloved bits of Glasgow.
Spotlight // Pollokshields
Based in the Southside, Pollokshields was initially developed towards the end of the Victorian era as a leafy suburb of Glasgow. With wide avenues and Alexander "Greek" Thomson villas, townhouses and tenements, it's hard to believe it's only one stop on the train from Central station.
Pollokshields has always inspired us at LAKE&LOCH with it's cultural diversity, gorgeous parks, plethora of cafes and really good independent shops. Here's just a few:
Maxwell Park: Gifted to the city of Glasgow by Sir John Stirling Maxwell, a Scottish politician and philanthropist, in 1887 the park officially opened in 1890. With it's various flower beds and naturalised pond to the west of the park, it's stunning - especially on sunny days. Located within Maxwell Park is Pollokshields Burgh Hall, a Scottish Baronial style community hall. Designed by Glasgow architect Henry Edward Clifford, the red sandstone building is a popular wedding venue.
Maxwell's Pollokshields: an awesome local corner shop that is slightly odd as they carry not only the usual stuff (junk food, newspapers etc) but also an amazing selection of wine, beer, whisky and even draught beer.
Moyra Janes: a Pollokshields staple. Decent coffee and cake and lovely food. French brasserie in style, it's easy to see why it's a long-established staple of Pollokshields.
Zucchini: Look, I know it's just a greengrocer but it's still worthy of a mention. With its fresh fruit and vegetables (although do be sure to inspect them to ensure freshness!) and unusual selection of random stuff (see: American style Jalapeno pretzels, baklava, root beer etc), I love it for the selection of liquorice alone.
Marie Brown at Home: a lovely independent gift shop run by a lovely woman. Perfect for cards, jewellery, candles and more.
Floral Haven: a gorgeous corner shop full of beautiful flowers, arrangements and gifts. Amazing and talented florists as well.
What are some of your favourite places in Pollokshields?