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'Forgotten' Byres Rd cafe that I've just remembered after nearly 30 years

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The Willow tearooms in Sauchiehall St used to be Daly's department store. They had the beautiful Willow doors covered up and used that area as one of the storerooms :huh: this was pre CRM souvenir days.

Sauchiehall Street was so classy in the Daly days. They had a particularly nice tea room.

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Nah, Iona, any hippies worth their salt were down the Third Eye on a Sunday afternoon, comparing afghans, stripy socks (wi toes) and those god awful stripey rainbow jumpers whilst trying to piece thegethir where they'd been the previous night... :lol:

They musta been 'weekend' hippies you saw.

Anyone here mind Aquarius? :lol: On the same block as the cafe you mention.

Right next door, in fact. I used to nip in and spend my hard earned cash after doing a Saturday stint. I got some verra nifty wooden clogs in there. :huh:

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Sauchiehall Street was so classy in the Daly days. They had a particularly nice tea room.

Indeed, Pat, a beautiful shop. I worked there as a Saturday girl when I was 17. My friend was in Perfumery, I was in Boutique. <_< Even with staff discount we couldn't afford to buy anything though. :angry:

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Remember a poor lassie hoovering out a shop window in a fancy shop in Sauchiehall street. A mob of us had been out for lunch, 8 or 9 of us, clustered round the window watching her, within seconds we had quite a group of people trying to see what we were looking at.

Puir wee lassie was blushing bright red. Wasnt helped when some eejit tapped on window to point out a bit she had missed.

That was in the days before I became serious

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Right next door, in fact. I used to nip in and spend my hard earned cash after doing a Saturday stint. I got some verra nifty wooden clogs in there. <_<

Still mind the aroma of the place, Harper. Afghan coats, musk, patchouli and moroccan leather handbags. And what did you call them burny sticks again? The legal ones I mean...

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Still mind the aroma of the place, Harper. Afghan coats, musk, patchouli and moroccan leather handbags. And what did you call them burny sticks again? The legal ones I mean...

I still love the smell of patchouli ...in the morning <_<

Harper maybe you knew the boy I was going out with - I bet it's a small world in Pats West End forum :angry:

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I still love the smell of patchouli ...in the morning ;)

Harper maybe you knew the boy I was going out with - I bet it's a small world in Pats West End forum :D

:lol: It sure is, IonaW - have you got an old photie?

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Still mind the aroma of the place, Harper. Afghan coats, musk, patchouli and moroccan leather handbags. And what did you call them burny sticks again? The legal ones I mean...

Joss sticks?

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QUOTE (Iona Weedug @ Feb 7 2010, 12:40 AM)

Harper maybe you knew the boy I was going out with - I bet it's a small world in Pats West End forum

Iona, If you PM me with the boyfriend's name, I'll let you know. :lol:

It certainly is a small world. Rolo and I didn't know each other back then but we have quite a long list of people we know in common.

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I still love the smell of patchouli ...in the morning :lol:

Classic, Iona. :lol:;):D

Joss sticks, that's the fella, Harper.

Anyone mind the Laura Ashley shop at the top of Byres where the post office is now? How awfy WERE those dresses we all wore, specially the knee length full skirted ones that made you look like a sofa on legs.

<head in hands at the very memory>

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Classic, Iona. :lol:;):D

Joss sticks, that's the fella, Harper.

Anyone mind the Laura Ashley shop at the top of Byres where the post office is now? How awfy WERE those dresses we all wore, specially the knee length full skirted ones that made you look like a sofa on legs.

<head in hands at the very memory>

:lol: They probably had couches in the same fabric - easy to lose yourself. Mind you, I had a soft spot for the Victorian style blouses with the huge sleeves and the pin tucked fronts.

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:lol: They probably had couches in the same fabric - easy to lose yourself.

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I too spent my hard earned farthings in L Ashley on looking like a Victorian.

made quite an entrance of a Saturday night in Curlers ;):D

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I too spent my hard earned farthings in L Ashley on looking like a Victorian.

made quite an entrance of a Saturday night in Curlers :lol:;)

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I'm should you caused quite a stir. I think I've still got a couple of cameo brooches kicking about from those days.

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<!--quoteo(post=142328:date=Feb 2 2010, 09:23 PM:name=rolo tomassi)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (rolo tomassi @ Feb 2 2010, 09:23 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=142328"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Nah, Iona, any hippies worth their salt were down the Third Eye on a Sunday afternoon, comparing afghans, stripy socks (wi toes) and those god awful stripey rainbow jumpers whilst trying to piece thegethir where they'd been the previous night... <img src="http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/yabbse/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

They musta been 'weekend' hippies you saw.

Anyone here mind Aquarius? <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> On the same block as the cafe you mention.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

I confess I was old enough to be one of the hippies (apprentice) <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

I remember Aquarius - I went out with a bloke who worked there on a Saturday

I too remember Aquarius,how cool to have gone out with someone who worked there. Used to be one of my haunts on a Saturday afternoon. Did buy a handbag there, I bet I still have it somewhere. Also used to frequent Curlers - oohh those were the days!!!!

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I too remember Aquarius,how cool to have gone out with someone who worked there. Used to be one of my haunts on a Saturday afternoon. Did buy a handbag there, I bet I still have it somewhere. Also used to frequent Curlers - oohh those were the days!!!!

Welcome to the forum, millyme. Ah, Aquarius. That shop certainly made an impression. You might have bumped into Ionaw in Curlers, she would have had her Laura Ashley dress on. ;)

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Hello Millyme and welcome:)

I think half the most of the Forum members hung out in the Curles at some point. my era was mid 70s.

I remember Aquarius well as I used to work part time in the Cafe next door after school. I remember the owner's daughter buying a special outfit from Aquarious, which she proudly modelled for us. It was all purple platform boots, purple suede mini skirt, purple tights and and a purple waistcoat trimmed with purple fur.... wee didnn't have the heart to tell it her it looked atrocious. laugh.gif

My best Aquarius buys were a pair of red clogs and a white cheesecloth smock. I never got into the whole Laura Ashley hippy dress scene, on account of only being 5 foot 1. laugh.gif

Millyme, if you hang about long enough, HH, will fill you in with stories of his dancing days at the Silver Slipper Cafe. tongue.gif

Don't tell anyone but he has a portrait in his attic. tongue.gif

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Welcome to the forum, millyme. Ah, Aquarius. That shop certainly made an impression. You might have bumped into Ionaw in Curlers, she would have had her Laura Ashley dress on. ;)

Thanks Harper, Yes I probably did see Ionaw I would certainly have noticed her Laura Ashley dress and her cool boyfriend from Aquarius. Interested in fashion as I was/am.

On the shop front I'm also wondering/wandering to Gibson St, if anyone remembers the name of a very up market designer clothes shop there. I never went in only dared look in the window. Also on the "West end" of Sauchiehall St an amazing toy shop called the Walrus and Carpenter?

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Thanks Harper, Yes I probably did see Ionaw I would certainly have noticed her Laura Ashley dress and her cool boyfriend from Aquarius. Interested in fashion as I was/am.

On the shop front I'm also wondering/wandering to Gibson St, if anyone remembers the name of a very up market designer clothes shop there. I never went in only dared look in the window. Also on the "West end" of Sauchiehall St an amazing toy shop called the Walrus and Carpenter?

The shop in Gibson Street was Campus, millyme. Very swanky. I remember a lovely toy shop in Sauchiehall Street but couldn't have told you the name. The Sentry Box in Great George Street is another lovely toy shop. Been there for a very long time. I used to buy my sons the animal figures when I was at university in the late 70s and now I'm taking my wee grandson there.

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The shop in Gibson Street was Campus, millyme. Very swanky. I remember a lovely toy shop in Sauchiehall Street but couldn't have told you the name. The Sentry Box in Great George Street is another lovely toy shop. Been there for a very long time. I used to buy my sons the animal figures when I was at university in the late 70s and now I'm taking my wee grandson there.

Thanks Pat " Campus" that's saved my poor old brain alot of searching. I don't know the Silver Slipper Cafe where was that then? I used to go dancin at "Clouds" above Green's Playhouse and they used to lock the door and the floor used to bounce up and down.Stupidly must've told this to my dad who pointed out there would be a 70ft drop into said Playhouse!!! Nice one dad I never went again

I can't remember the Laura Ashley shop either but maybe that was after I'd left Glasgow and gone to college Me and my gang are visiting my old folks next week so I'm about to check out your what's on and what's new section. I'd welcome any good tips for places or exhibitions to visit. I'm going to take them to Cafe Hula which I went to last year after reading about it somewhere on your pages.

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Thanks Pat " Campus" that's saved my poor old brain alot of searching. I don't know the Silver Slipper Cafe where was that then? I used to go dancin at "Clouds" above Green's Playhouse and they used to lock the door and the floor used to bounce up and down.Stupidly must've told this to my dad who pointed out there would be a 70ft drop into said Playhouse!!! Nice one dad I never went again

I can't remember the Laura Ashley shop either but maybe that was after I'd left Glasgow and gone to college Me and my gang are visiting my old folks next week so I'm about to check out your what's on and what's new section. I'd welcome any good tips for places or exhibitions to visit. I'm going to take them to Cafe Hula which I went to last year after reading about it somewhere on your pages.

I don't know the Silver Slipper or Clouds.

Was Campus taken over by Laura Ashley? I could be havering. Did you know Hopes and Promises on Queen Margaret Drive? - I loved that shop.

I've not been in Cafe Hula for a while but it's very popular. They've got another place in the West End North Star also Queen Margaret Drive. My friend Aidan Mceoin, whom you might recognise from Hula, works there. North Star is teeny though.

The Life and Lanark Exhibition starts in The Mitchell on 5th March - I think it will be really interesting. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/whatson/jauntexhibitions.html

Also hearing very good reports about John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day at The Hunterian. If you go there, millyme, you should make sure to see Mackintosh's house. You may already have seen this but if you're anything like me then you'll take any opportunity to return. I think it is one of Glasgow's treasures.

Have a great visit.:)

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I don't know the Silver Slipper or Clouds.

Was Campus taken over by Laura Ashley? I could be havering. Did you know Hopes and Promises on Queen Margaret Drive? - I loved that shop.

I've not been in Cafe Hula for a while but it's very popular. They've got another place in the West End North Star also Queen Margaret Drive. My friend Aidan Mceoin, whom you might recognise from Hula, works there. North Star is teeny though.

The Life and Lanark Exhibition starts in The Mitchell on 5th March - I think it will be really interesting. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/whatson/jauntexhibitions.html

Also hearing very good reports about John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day at The Hunterian. If you go there, millyme, you should make sure to see Mackintosh's house. You may already have seen this but if you're anything like me then you'll take any opportunity to return. I think it is one of Glasgow's treasures.

Have a great visit.:)

Thanks Pat I'd like to go to the Hunterian as I've never been before, also never been in the Mitchell library either. I don't know what happened to Campus in the end. I used to have a friend who lived on Clouston St and she took me to a shop on Queen Margaret Drive that sold vintage clothes would that be Hope and Promises, this would be in the '70's

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Was the Silver Slipper cafe not part of the Botanic gardens Rail station set of buildings.? At one time it was Sergeant peppers a local dancing club?

Clouds was the upstairs ballroom in the Greens Playhouse,

I've never been to either, Dex, but think you're right as bells are ringing regarding previous discussions.

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Thanks Pat I'd like to go to the Hunterian as I've never been before, also never been in the Mitchell library either. I don't know what happened to Campus in the end. I used to have a friend who lived on Clouston St and she took me to a shop on Queen Margaret Drive that sold vintage clothes would that be Hope and Promises, this would be in the '70's

You're in for a treat regarding both The Hunterian and the Mitchell, millyme. Let's know how you get on. :)

Hopes and Promises didn't have a huge stock and it wasn't actually vintage but interesting one off designer items.

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