“I was just wondering if you received the info I sent over on Friday regarding Liverpool’s first specialist boutique for expectant mums – The Pudding Club. This is set to be opening its doors next month,” asks a particularly hopeful PR lady.
“Frustrated with not being able to find comfortable, fashionable jeans – the backbone of her pregnancy wardrobe – Alexandra Macleod decided to set up The Pudding Club so that mums-to-be could enjoy shopping to dress their bump, and feel pampered in the process. The Pudding Club will be the only premium maternity denim supplier in Liverpool…” she continues, pressing all our buttons at once. Embryos as ‘bumps’ – pow! Frustrated Cheshire mums – thwack! Premium maternity denim – twat!
“Women are at a time in their lives when their bodies are constantly changing and they can find this transition daunting,” the press release continues. Especially, we imagine, if the situation is compounded by the nauseating possibility of being unable to source premium denim.
The Met Quarter has a new tenant. Hurrah. Will it help reverse the ailing fortunes of this troubled mall? Probably not. We’re more excited about the All Star Lanes arrival – which, we’re told, will run across the old Flannels store (now Jack Wills) and down into the heart of the mall, from this March, with bowling, beer and burgers: to give us all a little bump we can call our own.
New owners, Insite Asset, have shown great faith in Made-Here (still the city’s best made-in-Liverpool gift store), so let’s hope 2014 sees the Whitechapel mall finally find its way into our hearts.