Friends On Every Street are launching their very own store & studio, making KINGS their official home this Saturday 3rd October. Get ready for the launch this weekend with the itinerary and full run down from the man himself below.
The Friends Store & Studio shop launch will include a ‘pattie buttie menu’ in collaboration with Provide Kitchen, a cocktail menu with KINGS, live art & collaboration merch with Mul, Hull Fair sweet boxes in collaboration with Sweet Treats Yorkshire, live DJs in collaboration with Browse and the classic silly FOES merch to top it all off. Oh, and chip spice – of course.
We spoke to Ollie to get the low-down on how it feels to move forward into a physical store and what he’s most excited for at the shop launch –
How does it feel to be opening a physical store?
It feels absolutely class to be honest. It’s something people have told me I should have been doing for a while – but I never felt it was the right time. I’m buzzing to have a physical space to invite people down to. Pop up shops have been great in the past but now people can have more of a Friends On Every Street experience in the new space at KINGS.
Why did you choose KINGS for Friends Store & Studio?
I’ve had a great working relationship with everyone at KINGS for around the last year really – including prior to lockdown. I’ve done a lot of painting for them and organised a bunch of other artists to paint there too. The whole space and vibe is a perfect match for what I’m about, and the location is perfect. Being between Old Town and Humber Street / Fruit Market – it’s a prime spot – it couldn’t be a better location.
Being in KINGS also allows me to put on a lot of collaborative experience events. Including collabs with street food vendors, specialty drinks, artists and DJs. I’ve also got plans to take over other rooms in the building – so theres plenty of room to expand!
Overall, there isn’t many places like it. An event space that wants to collaborate with creatives from all different backgrounds – it was a no brainer.
What are you most excited for on Saturday?
I’m most looking forward to people just walking in and seeing what I’ve achieved from the starting point of four white walls. I can’t wait to see that first reaction to the new space. In comparison to how I’ve traded before with a small table at a pop up – I’ve really taken it seriously and made it a lot more professional.
I’m upping my game for the people – they deserve it!
How many patties have you eaten during taste testing?
Its been a team effort – theres been a lot of chewing from different people (Browse members included). They should be on point.
The reason we’ve delved into a breakfast menu too is because of COVID. We didn’t want anyone to feel pushed out by busy times where people will be drinking more. If you want to sample the menu with your morning coffee or with a pint – its patties all day from breakfast to tea.
After the launch, when will the store be open? Will it have regular opening times or will it be more scheduled events?
At the moment its going to be a pop up space with events. So, there will be at least one monthly event with a collaboration. Be that with a street food vendor, cocktails and beers, artists, DJs – the lot. I’ve got a Hull Fair event in the pipeline at the minute so watch this space for that!
It’s going to be a mix of things really. A creative hub – be that to manage the online store, to hold stock, a retail store, to have meetings – in whole it’s a collaborative creative space. I’m hoping it will be an area that everyone can enjoy. I’m also going to be looking into doing podcasts and interviews from there too. So it has to look the part!
I’ll also be spamming socials letting people know when I’m in the studio scheming. So people can pop in and pay me a little visit and come grab a coffee. Importantly, this new space allows me to have a lot more time for people in comparison to the madness of pop-up shops.
Get yourselves down to the new Friends On Every Street Store @ KINGS from 9am – 4pm for good Hull puns, patties and pints (and probably Peter Levy).