Hobbyist’s Heaven on Princes Street

Hobbyist’s Heaven on Princes Street

Our Ambassador’s visit several business owners a day and recent visits have been to meet some of the great Princes street businesses and met two well established independents catering for everything a hobbyist could ask for!


First up, Helen met Ray Mutch and Debz Clarke from MakeItWorkshop.  They have become a well established community interest group with several premises in Cambridge Walks.  If you have passed by a few dozen times and never ventured in thinking it was simply a vintage shop – then next time walk through the door and ask a few questions!  The work to an ethos of reducing waste, re-using what can be saved and giving back to the community by fixing equipment they had thought useless. They also offer placements and training to various community groups and is run by volunteers.  They are passionate about all they do and have now expanded into exciting new premises at 16 Princes Street.

It is currently open on Saturdays for Repair workshops, held with support from Sefton Council,  called GIGA (Get It Going Again). The workshops aim to reduce items in landfill by teaching Services will be repairs for consumer electronics, sales of Pince Nez eyepieces, refurbished old telephones and other small craft projects.

Owner Ray has big ambitions and exciting plans for the future of the site and plans a full opening in June.  Ray and Debz are also leading the Market Quarter traders into working together for their communal good and the good of the area – coming together to address issues and plan events for the street in the future.  We are happy to be supporting them in their efforts and responding to the feedback from meetings.

DKG Hobbies

Max recently visited David Jackson at DKG Hobbies on Princes Street. David is a local businessman who has been operating in Southport since 1980 and has held premises on the street for 35 years.

His love of all things Airfix and Diacast came from time spent making model planes with his father at a young age.  It is clear when speaking to Dave it is apparent that this boyhood passion is very much still with him.

As well as operating the only hobby shop in Southport Dave collects money for numerous charity’s including Queenscourt Hospice, the RSPB and organizations supporting our armed forces.  With a wealth of knowledge about all of his stock and the welcoming atmosphere he creates in his shop, DKG is a well worth a visit