It's that time of year again, folks! Time to start thinking about being nice to all the people you love, like or maybe even can't stand. Either way, you need to come up with presents for them, stat. And as part of Yelp's Pledge to Shop Local, here in Manchester we couldn't resist putting on a little party for our Elites in allowing them to browse around Oklahoma after all the other customers had gone home.
But with the Christmas Markets in full swing, how could we draw the crowds in off the festively lit streets? With a warm welcome of course, one which involved plates piled with lauded Chorlton deli Barbakan's mince pies, mulled punch courtesy of the ladies at Oklahoma's veggie café, and some very special hot chocolate. All for free of course.
These fetching orange mugs came all the way from Austria, and Hazel Glen from Stroh kept the cocoa with a kick coming. Stroh's festive, spicy rum went down a treat, and for those not keen on chocolate, she and the Oklafolks were happy to make toddies with the mulled fruity punch.
Toby S was the first lucky Elite to try the brew, and his short but sweet review summed the whole experience up: 'Obviously awesome! Yelpers to the left of me, yelpers to the right, stuck in the middle with… mince pies. Got to see lovely Yelpers, got to see another niche in Manchester, what more needs to be achieved really? Exactly!'
Fuelled and fired up, it wasn't long before our Yelpfolks took to the shelves and browsed away like pros. Oklahoma even managed to put some money behind the till, so the Yuletide celebrations started early for everybody! Andrew Y took away a ceramic coffee takeout cup, and Bex T couldn't contain her excitement over Oklahoma's collection of animal miniatures.
Many thanks to Hazel from Stroh, Nicola and all her Oklahoma staff, Barbakan for the mince pies, Harrison Edwards for his superb photography skills, and all the plucky Elites who braved the cold to spend the evening with us! Until next time, SYOY everybody.
Season's Greetings from Em the Manchester CM, Oklahoma's Nicola, and her bonny baby-to-be!