Last week saw the opening of the first stand-alone Ground store in Belfast.
The chain has 2 popular outlets situated in Next and Waterstones in the city centre, but it is exciting to see them open their own space.
I have been on annual leave since last week so wasn't around to visit on the first day but I made a concerted effort to call in on Saturday and see the new space for myself.
The unit is spacious and benefits from a long walls of windows, creating so much light. The use of dark wood and contemporary greys, contrasted with pops of vivid yellow has created a modern and welcoming environment.
I love the simple idea of a book swap shelf. Read a book, leave a book. Pass on something you've enjoyed so someone else can discover it.
I ordered my usual flat white (I blame Ruth from Willow Lane for getting me hooked on them) as seeing as it was approaching Easter, I indulged in one of their infamous Creme Egg muffins.
I chose a cosy nook and spent an hour flicking through my iPad, drinking good coffee and watching the folks of Belfast busy-by the windows.
I return to work tomorrow and I can already confirm this will be my new "local"
Good luck to the team at Ground with the new store!
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