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Local Life - Wigan - March 2018

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18 ADVERTISEMENT Loving

18 ADVERTISEMENT Loving it! In this day and age, when all retailers seem to be generic and faceless, it’s great find somewhere a little bit different, and Love It Gallery in Billinge is a unique jewel in the seas of globalisation. In 2015 Winstanley couple Stephanie O’Brien and Ian O’Brien moved their thriving Morpheus Glass business onto the derelict Billinge Garden Centre site and opened the Love It Gallery and Bag & Bean café to complement it on the site. A brave move indeed, and for those well versed in film, it was a real ‘build it and they will come’ moment. Local residents quickly supported the venture and three years on, the couple now employ 15 staff from the local area to help them manage the site. Love It gallery displays a plethora of original giftware and hand-crafted pieces from designers and craftspeople, and much of the merchandise is exclusive to Love It. Visually, the gallery is extraordinary; high ceilings, original timber frames and exquisite lighting that shows off the attractive merchandise perfectly. The pride of place in the gallery goes to glass art, handcrafted by Morpheus Glass in an on-site workshop, from wall panels and splashbacks to

19 bowls, coaster sets and mirrors. Using pieces of art such as wall panels and/or splashbacks is an innovative way of creating an interior focal point, and if the pieces on show don’t quite fit the bill, you can also commission a piece specially for your home. See www.morpheusglass.co.uk for details or ask in-store. And to round off your visit, why not pop into Bag & Bean café which has quickly established itself as the most popular meeting place for miles around, with its friendly warm welcome and a good selection of handmade sandwiches and soups, accompanied by delicious homemade cakes. For those special occasions, Bag & Bean will serve you a most indulgent afternoon tea! See www.facebook.com/ BagandBean/ for more details. Whether you’re looking for imaginative gifts for Mother’s Day, a unique signature piece for your home décor plan or an enjoyable get together with friends or family, do take a trip out to Love It Gallery in Billinge – a unique destination for all the family to enjoy. Love It Gallery Open: 9.30am-5pm Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday Winstanley Road, Billinge, WN5 7XG Telephone: 01695 622 332

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