Seven new independent businesses are set to join Cargo 2 at Wapping Wharf, the city’s first retail hub made out of converted shipping containers. It’s already home to 26 businesses, which range from cafes and restaurants, to a jewellers and a yoga studio.
Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: “I’m very excited to have on board such a great selection of independent businesses, from an art gallery to a bike shop, and a bakery to an ethical clothing shop.
“With all the buzzing shops, restaurants, cafes and lifestyle businesses along Gaol Ferry Steps and at Cargo, there’s now a fantastic range of places to explore.”
The new businesses are:
Beer Necessities – an independent craft beer retailer with a passion for seeking out the best beer available throughout the UK and further afield.
Company director Henry Revell said: “We have made the choice to open our first store at Cargo 2 as we feel it’s a great location with an exciting mix of independent retailers and restaurants. We will be offering an eclectic mix of craft beer, from IPAs and sour beers to big imperial stouts in bottles, cans and growlers.”
Brothers We Stand – a clothing retailer selling ethically-produced menswear from a tightly curated collection of independent brands and designers.
Director Sam Mabley said; “We heard about this new development by the harbourside and upon visiting were convinced this should be the location for our first bricks-and-mortar shop.
“There’s a real buzz at Wapping Wharf, with a fascinating group of people and businesses that share a similar vision and ethos to us. We’re excited to join the community.”
Lemonade – a burger joint creating pleasurably imaginative and tasty burgers, fries and lemonades.
Alex Hayes, chef and owner, said: “Cargo celebrates Bristol’s thriving independent and creative scene – there is no other place I’d want my business to start out.”
Portside Gallery – a contemporary art and craft gallery, featuring Jane Reeves’ unique fused-glass paintings and a variety of high-quality work from other selected artists and makers.
Jane Reeves said: “I am delighted to be part of Cargo 2 in my home city of Bristol. We will bring the very best of contemporary painting, ceramics, sculpture and unique designer jewellery to this fantastic port side location.”
Temple Cycles – a Bristol-based bicycle producer, which manufactures a range of modern bikes with a classic aesthetic for town, country, touring and road riding.
Designer Matthew Mears said: “We’ve decided to join Cargo 2 as it offers a great spot for people to come and meet us to try out our bicycles.”
The Assembly Bakery – a small team of artisan bakers with taste and ethics at their core, baking pastries, cakes and bread, including gluten free and vegan options.
Managing director James Dingle said: “The Cargo development has been so exciting for Bristol’s food scene and we felt we had a great role to play in providing freshly baked breakfast pastries and croissants in the morning to hungry commuters, snacks of wonder at lunch and your daily loaf on your way home.”
The Meat Box by The Story Butchers – a neighbourhood butchery dedicated to using whole animals as much as possible, raised responsibly, often organic and always free-range.
Luke Hasell said: “The beef, pork, lamb, chicken, rabbit and duck all comes from farms that are organic or part of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association. Our suppliers have been hand-picked with the highest regard to animal husbandry and ultimate tastiness for our customers.”