The Castle Emporium, a vibrant hub of independent boutique stores and pop-up stalls on Womanby Street, Cardiff, will host its first ever Summer Nights event on Thursday June 18, between 6 and 10pm. The evening promises to be a very special shopping, entertainment, fine food and drinks experience at one of Cardiff’s most unique city centre locations.

Formerly known as Cardiff’s Fashion Quarter and recently relaunched, the space, which sits just opposite Cardiff Castle, is home to an eclectic array of new and established traders. From jewellery, books and clothing to vintage goods, vinyl and sci-fi collectables, something for all tastes and gift ideas awaits within The Castle Emporium.

Summer Nights will feature DJ’s and live music acts to welcome new and existing customers outside of the Emporium’s usual opening hours. Set to become one of a select number of special evenings across the summer, the first event also marks the launch of the newest resident, Camilleri Photography Studio as well as the Emporium’s themed temperance/intemperance bar, serving blood tonics, sarsaparillas, cordials and more.

The temperance bar is the brainchild of Al Edge who runs Al’s Musique Boutique in The Castle Emporium, selling menswear, shaving products & collectables for the vintage man about town. Al said:

“The bar, which will also be serving mocktails and cocktails during Summer Nights, is set within the heart of the Emporium and really adds to the offering as a place not only to shop for refined and unusual items, but as somewhere to relax, work or meet with friends.”

“It is also a perfect compliment to my boutique store, sitting alongside the fine tweed, steampunk jewellery and hand made shirts, the bar will have a very Victorian feel and I can’t wait for customers to try the variety of different drink flavours.”

Renowned vegan store Simply V will be offering a selection of cakes and snacks from its shop space at the Emporium, as well as canapés being served all night.

James Morgan-Rees, General Manager and owner of Rock-Ola Reborn, which sells hand picked vintage clothing and unique reworked items on the ground floor, said:

“The last few months have been a really exciting time. The Emporium is already filled with an impressive number of different traders and the amount of shops is still growing, from AMARAS and their selection of incense and jewellery to other incredible boutique clothing retailers such as Time Is Gold Clothing and Eagle Eye Vintage.”

“We even have the first Bitcoin cash machine in Wales!”

Also open on the night, Jones The Barber
 for a traditional old school service, unique hand-crafted candles from Roughneck Candles, and not forgetting Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
 for Doctor Who, collectables, autographs and custom pieces.

Those attending can take part in make-your-own-t-shirt workshops, free photo shoots and raffles. Shoppers can take home an exclusive goody bag, have the chance to explore Daisy’s dressing up box, visit an exclusive art exhibition and much more.