The art of Male Grooming

The Male Grooming industry has really taken off. When I was invited by Ohh Social Belfast to attend The Urban Barbers on the Newtownards Road I jumped at the chance. I grew the beard (which doubled up for some filming work!!) and headed down this evening not knowing what to expect. I was promised nibbles, drinks and X Box!!

I was warmly welcomed and made to feel at home by husband and wife team Mike and Jenene and Matty. Matty trimmed my hair and shaped my beard, Mike waxed my nose and ears-really it’s not sore!! And Jenene waxed the brows. I felt like a new man!!!! I celebrated with some Pringles and drinks and went home to show off to the Mrs!!

An absolutely fabulous idea, great salon, fantastic and talented artists. Will definitely be back!!

Tom & Ollie, A NI success

For all those food lovers who frequent St Georges Market and other markets you will all know Tom & Ollie the delicatessen. They hold prime position in the middle of St Georges. 

I spent some time with Shay, who started off Tom & Ollie after splitting from another Olive brand. He has a fantastic unit in Broughshane, County Antrim, where all the delicious olives, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, oils, spices and chick peas are lovingly mixed and our delicious flavoured olives, dips and houmous are manufactured. It’s very important to note here that although some of the raw materials are imported, the final products are manufactured here and should therefore be recognised by the likes of local councils, Invest NI and Food NI. They are proper Artisan foods.

Shay was telling me that it takes 2-3 people up to 3-4 hours setting up at St Georges and that the “red coats” are not very lenient with the traders. Also City Council please provide dedicated parking for the traders, after all for a huge attraction the traders are penalised!

At St Georges the full range of olives, dips etc are on display (up to 60) and there are cheeses, deli meats and sandwiches on offer. I think I shall pay them a visit at the weekend!! 2017 should be a great year for Shay Et al, watch this space!!