My, how you’ve grown, birthday boy!

11745590_876580739080205_1991656218053621488_nWe’ve had a birthday in our midst in Dock-World over the last week – hard to believe, but Dock Market is one year old!

The Dockies celebrated in true quirky Dock Market style at the market last Saturday, as you can see – always dangerous to give a bunch of boundlessly creative people an excuse for a birthday party!

Dock Market is something really special.  For a start, the quality of the goods & foods on offer never fails to blow me away.  These are people who opened up a little market stall because they are phenomenally, world-beatingly good at something – whether it’s painting, baking, tie-dying, jewellery-making, candle-creating or any of the hundreds of other gifts on display at the Dock Market stalls.

It may have come from small beginnings, but the Dock Market stallholders can be really proud of themselves – it’s impossible to leave the market without being tempted beyond the limit of human endurance!

10984139_866395436765402_8961852480408832981_nAnd then there’s the atmosphere of the place as well – which never fails to be noticed by the customers too.  The Dock Market gang have become a family – the welcome is warm, the craic is mighty, and the very spirit of the place reverberates with the love and laughter and life that characterise The Dock.  It’s an awesome place to while away a Saturday afternoon.

11703169_876454909092788_3775656056167356365_nAnd now, for the rest of the Summer, you don’t need to remember which Saturdays the market is on – because it’s on every week!  Another sure sign of how the birthday boy is growing, thriving and flourishing.

Well done gang – and with all my heart – Happy Birthday!

Pop quiz, hotshot

So you might’ve noticed a new wee flyer on your table in Dock Cafe last week… it’s only the introduction of the new almighty amazing DOCK QUIZ!
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Every week brings a new question, and a new prize.  The answers to every question can be found somewhere, somehow in Dock Cafe – so if you don’t know the answer straight away, a bit of detective work will get you there!

2015-04-04 17.04.30The questions – and the prizes – are all about exploring our beautiful Titanic Quarter and finding out more about our TQ neighbours

We’ve already got one winner – congrats Alora Todman, you’ve just won a game for 4 at Odyssey Bowl!  The answer (Queens Island was originally called Dargan’s Island) is on one of the info boards on the wall of the cafe.  (And will of course be instantly known to anyone who’s been on the Wee Tram!)

The next question is on the tables already – so get your thinking caps on…

Hey hey, gorgeous cafe

Have you been in Dock Cafe recently?  It’s looking pretty smart!

IMG_2257As you can imagine, after the 5,500 customers who swung by during the Tall Ships weekend had left, both the volunteers and the cafe were looking a bit wrecked!

But nothing can stop the utter amazingness of the Dock team and the wonderful volunteers…  Over the 12th weekend the cafe was closed for a couple of days – but rather than taking the whole time to lie in a darkened room, James and the gang got to work on a refurb of the cafe.

Floor re-painted (you could eat your dinner off it now!), walls, painted, wobbly furniture fixed, artwork freshened up, lots of new furniture moved in to create new cosier corners, snazzy wooden floor fitted in the loo, and a nice coat of H&W yellow on the railings at the entrance – the place looks amazing!

(Thanks to our tweeting customers for some of the pics!)

IMG_2285If I thought I was proud of the team during the Tall Ships – the fact that they managed to muster the energy to do all this work the very next weekend is just breathtaking!

Call in soon to admire their handiwork – and make sure to say a wee word of thanks to the volunteers while you’re there.  What they’re doing is nothing short of miraculous.