Visitors to Swansea city centre in recent weeks will have noticed many changes – not just the ongoing regeneration that is revitalising Swansea but the new businesses that have set up here. We have tasty new food outlets, fashion and beauty businesses, art spaces and community hubs opening their doors – and there is more to come.
Swansea BID Chief Executive, Russell Greenslade, says: “We are, of course, all still feeling bruised by the pandemic and it has affected businesses and consumers in many complex ways. However, we couldn’t be more proud of the way our city centre businesses have dealt with the myriad challenges and we have been happy to support them in this. Seeing vibrant brands and entrepreneurs make their home in Swansea city centre is a testament to the fact that Swansea city centre has very positive prospects and a bright future ahead. Let’s give the business, both new and established, our continued support and let’s enjoy the unique goods and services and the warm welcome they have to offer.”
Some new arrivals you might have spotted include:
Flamingo Vintage Store Clothing – This quirky vintage shop is bursting with colour, it features head-turning graffiti by a local artist and it has a pay-by-the-kilo system to help shoppers bag some unexpected bargains. All its goods are imported from America, so you can find brands including Tommy Hilfiger, LLB and Ralph Lauren.
The Orb – The Orb is one of many bright new brands helping to revitalise Swansea High Street. It serves tapas, cocktails and a fun ball pit for grown-ups. Find it in Swansea High Street.
Wokway Noodles – This is a new build-your-own boxed meal style takeaway in The Kingsway.
Dorothy’s Show Bar – Dorothy’s brings cocktails, music and exotic drag acts to Swansea’s Wind Street, which is being revitalised at the moment, with more new venues and nightspots on their way from Founders & Co and from the people behind Coyote Ugly and Jack Murphy’s.
Halo Milk Tea – Halo serves trendy milk tea which has been picked up on by Swansea’s student population, in super cute surroundings. Find it on Oxford Street.
Lotus Nails – Lotus Nails is home of eye-catching nail art, found in Nelson Street and T’s Nails has opened in Princess Way, too, offering vibrant acrylics, gels and other nail treatments.
Glamdesire Spa – This pampering centre offers a range of top-to-toe beauty treatments, in Castle Square.
Piñatas Burrito Bar – Exciting Mexican specialities and a vibrant atmosphere in The Strand.
Tangled Parrot – Vinyl is still the king, and Tangled Parrot sells curios and musical collectables to enthusiasts in this eye-catching store in King Street.
Asaga Noodle Bar – Traditional noodle and Chinese and Asian Eastern food – open seven days a week in Nelson Street.
Driftwood – An artspace and community hub in Princess Way which supports creative people to develop skills in everything from tattooing and beauty to media design. Driftwood has a fully equipped photography studio and sells paintings and trinkets handmade by local artists.
Oriel Science – Swansea University has a vibrant new exhibition space in Castle Street, home to two exhibition themes at the moment: Movement & Motion and Swansea University’s Response to COVID-19. Entry is free but you need to book your slot online.
Visitors and shoppers can find out more about activities and attractions in Swansea from Big Heart of Swansea, brought to the city centre via Swansea BID.