Thanks to Liverpool ‘s historic background, there is rarely one part of the city which hasn’t been documented or talked about in some form. However, Queens Avenue is arguably one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets, leaving many people unsure about what is based there. It is located just off Castle Street which is close to the city’s business district with its entrance standing between a hotel and a restaurant.
With so many new places to eat recently opening along Castle Street, the Queens Avenue is often overlooked. The buildings based along Queens Avenue are all Grade II listed and were before home to insurance companies and other financial businesses dating back many years.
Today, it is home to an art gallery, a wine merchants, a hair dressers and hair clinic. There is also a recruitment agency that is still based close to the Dale Street entrance. Queen avenue is lined with Georgian lamp posts and looks cared for. In the past, one of Liverpool’s oldest tailors was based on Queens Avenue along with a clothes and coffee shop too, however, they recently appear to have closed and moved away from this part of the city.
Dot-Art Gallery opened on Queens Avenue in 2011, however the business has been running for 11 years. The team host regular exhibitions which change every six-eight weeks, displaying the work of local artists.
Lucy Byrne, managing director, said: “We are still trying to let people know we are here but we love our city centre location. “Our shop is more of a destination. Customers who pop in tend to come back regularly. “Our mission is to make art accessible to everyone and help promote local artists. Our prices start from £20 to help make it affordable.” Lucy decided to open a business in the city after attending the University of Liverpool and “falling in love” with the city’s culture.
R and H Fine Wines
R and H Fine Wines is run by Devin Stewart from south Liverpool. We actually can’t imagine there are many people in the city who know more about wines and spirits than he does. The shop itself is a wine merchants, specialising in hand-made wines, with Devin always offering that first-hand approach of listening to his customers and suggesting the best wine for their occasion or taste. Anyone who may not be familiar with his shop, will have certainly drank some of his drinks as he regularly stocks champagne and quirky beers to bars and restaurants across the city. Devin said: “Its great to see customers taking the time out to find the shop. “We know nearly all of them by name now, which is what we aim for. We always try and provide a personal touch, we are happy to spend time helping customers choose the perfect wine.”
As well as its few shops, Queens Avenue is also home to Hair Transform which specialises in non-surgical hair loss treatments. The team have two clinics, this Liverpool one and also one in West Midlands. It is open Tuesday-Saturday with the team also offering hair extensions, traditional hair dressing appointments as well as make-up and aesthetics.