A guy's guide to Grand Central
Grand Central has been open for just over a week and close to half a million people have passed through the doors and seen the fantastic shops and restaurants on offer. Having had the chance to look around even I have been surprised by how much there is on offer for guys, so I thought I’d put together ‘a guy’s guide to Grand Central‘.
Birmingham’s latest shopping and dining destination
I’ve picked out a handful of shops and restaurants that I’ve already been to and would be on my list of places to visit.
Opening their brand new flagship store at Grand Central is menswear brand Steel & Jelly. This brand, which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, has a range which includes something for every occasion: coats, suits, jumpers, jeans, polo shirts and chinos which in my opinion match the style, quality and comfort of well established brands such as Ted Baker, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein.
What I particularly like about Steel & Jelly is their attention to detail, they have a mantra ‘because detail matters’, so whether it’s about the style of a collar on a shirt or polo, the placement of buttons, or their choice of fabric, attention to detail is something that is important to the way their garments are created. Many of their items are designed by the in-house design team, and turned into clothes that you can purchase in store or online from their website. I’d always recommend going into a store, that way you can feel and touch the items, for me there is nothing better than that, their helpful staff will also be on hand to provide you with advice on the best cut, fit and colour combinations or recommend the right accessories to complete the look.
I’m really looking forward to seeing their AW15 range which will be launching soon, if it’s anything like their SS15 range then we’ll certainly be in for a treat. One of the really cool things from the current season is their ‘1 of 72’ shirt range, a collection of limited edition shirts crafted using the finest fabrics all with the extra touch of attention to detail i mentioned earlier. Only 72 of these shirts were made in each style. My personal favourite was the ‘7668 Royal Geo Shirt’. There may still be some of this collection left, but be quick – the new range is coming soon…
This is one of my favorite shirts from the ‘1 of 72’ collection
One thing Steel & Jelly don’t have yet, is footwear, but fear not … I’m told that in the coming months they will be launching their very own range of premium footwear – I’d suggest you keep an eye on their website and twitter account, @steelandjelly, for more detail.
In the meantime, I can highly recommend a few just a few doors away from Steel and Jelly which is the perfect place to go for footwear at Grand Central.
Jones Bootmaker is a shop I’ve seen in many places but surprisingly have never ventured into which is somewhat of a surprise considering I own well over 20 pairs of formal shoes alone!
I paid my first visit this week…
Their new store stocks their AW15 collection which includes a selection of handpicked signature brogues‚ lace ups‚ loafers and boots all of which form the classic foundations of this impeccably tailored collection.
Looking around the store you’ll find the finest leathers and rich finishes showcasing their expertise and quality craftsmanship perfectly, you can’t help but notice that fresh leather smell whilst browsing. I found the staff friendly and helpful, I happened to be in my suit at the time and the staff member was more than happy to point me in the direction of a range of different options based on my description of my typical style. Stocking brands such as Loake, Ted Baker, Timberland and of course their own brand of Jones Boots, there’s certainly an extensive in-store range to choose from and even more available on their website.
Kiehl's is certainly one of the shops I’ve most been looking forward to visiting at Grand Central, brand new to Birmingham they are a long established company – some 150 years old. I’ll soon be writing a separate blog about my experience at Keihls but if you take as much pride in your physical appearance as the clothes and shoes you put on it or, if you have particular skin concerns then this is the place to go.
Keihls stock an extensive range of men’s skin care products tailored for a spectrum of skin types, from dry to oily, sensitive to combination, and with knowledgeable staff on hand to take you through a consultation to identify the best products for you, it’s certainly worth a visit if you want to feel as good as you look!
See whats proving popular in the ‘customer favourites section'
After a day shopping its very likely you’ll want something to eat, and when it comes to food there are so many choices at Grand Central. Many of the restaurants sit around the stunning new atrium and the aromas from each will certainly tickle your taste buds and tempt you inside. I’ve visited three so far, but perhaps my favourite is Tortilla.
Tortilla is brand new to Birmingham and offers a range of fantastic burritos and tacos with a choice of fillings: chicken, steak and pork accompanied by a choice of rice (tomato or coriander) and beans (pinto or black bean) plus various sauces, salsa and vegetables to complete your meal – all made freshly in front of you.
Tortilla’s food is authentic and fantastic value for money at around £5-£6 for a medium burrito or taco. The restaurant provides a fantastic environment and anextensive menu so there’s plenty to choose from whether you’re eating alone, or with friends
Tortilla is proving very popular already!
I’ve tried both the ‘regular burrito’, and a ‘naked burrito’ (all the fillings without the flour tortilla) they’re fantastic and certainly filling and with a range of cold drinks, including a frozen tequila, to wash everything down with you won’t be disappointed!
So there you have it, a guy’s guide to Grand Central.