Last weekend, we discovered an amazing little coffee place in Manchester’s Northern Quarter called Takk
Admittedly, the only reason we managed to find this place, was because we were Pokemon hunting, and we were following the path of Pokestops! – If you’re an avid Pokemon player too, you’ll understand!
| NORDIC INSPIRED
Inspired by their Scandi and Icelandic travels, Takk positions themselves as a cafe and creative space where they actively encourage people to come and work, with plenty of desk spaces, comfy chairs and breakout areas.
As you walk in, the atmosphere is extremely relaxed, the layout is very open and spacious, and there’s a very ‘cool’ inspirational vibe to the place.
The interior is well designed and contemporary with exposed bricks and low hanging lights, all surrounded by old school wooden desks and mismatched stools
You get the sense that alot of people come here to work from home, and there’s no pressure for them to leave as soon as they’re done eating or drinking. The staff are really friendly and polite, and I even saw them address some of the regulars, which was really nice as there seems to be a great community here.
| FOOD & COFFEE
We only stopped in for a quick coffee as we recharged our phones, but from what I could see around me – the food people were ordering looked delicious!
I got talking to the manager and he said they are constantly looking to use the best quality, locally sourced ingredient wherever possible – which I thought was a great business model and something amazing to shout out about!
We ordered a classic Cappuccino (I think it was around £2.80) which was full of flavour and beautifully presented – I love good coffee art!
They even sell their own coffee which I thought was really impressive, it made me think they are seriously passionate about their coffee
Our first impressions were great, so if you’re looking for something different, annd where to get coffee in Manchester that isn’t a high street chain, I would highly recommend you checking Takk out
I’ve already said we need to go back, to try their brunch menu! x
After I graduated uni in 2008 (fuck, that’s 6 yrs ago now!), I was working at a bank within Credit Card Fraud
Initially I was just going to stay there for a few months, whilst I looked for another job that was actually related to my degree (I studied Managament & Marketing of Textiles), but I actually ended up staying there for about a year and a half
Probably down to two reasons:
That was the year of the recession. There were no jobs because no one was hiring.
I got used to the money, and I loved knowing that I was getting a decent amount of money at the end of every month to spend on what ever I wanted
| BUT IT WASN’T ENOUGH
Although the money was great, and the job was pretty easy, I started to miss being challenged everyday.
I went from writing reports, doing presentations and reading journal articles everyday at uni – to doing the same tasks over and over again at this bank job.
Don’t get me wrong, the bank job had its stressful moments (I’ve had cases were I’ll be dealing with people who have just lost thousand and thousands of pounds from credit card fraud, and they’ll be crying at the end of the phone to me for 20mins – nightmare!) – but for the most part it was very very repetitive.
I felt like I was losing my creativity, and I knew I had more to give, so I had to change careers
I also realised very early on that I didn’t want to progress at the bank, because I didn’t want to do the job my managers were doing. I never once looked at them and thought, ‘one day I want to do what you’re doing’ – so that was a obvious sign that job wasn’t for me
So by mid 2009, we were starting to recover from the recession, so I started applying for any fashion related jobs, and from what I can remember – it was still so hard to get even a reply back
But finally, I got offered a job within the Buying & Merchandising dept for a small Home Retailer. And for anyone trying to get into Fashion, you’ll know Buying & Merchandising jobs are SO competitive to get into
Because the company wasn’t that big, the salary they offered was £4k less than what I was currently on…!
| SHOULD I CHANGE CAREERS? THE DILEMMA
So, here was my dilemma
I could either stay at the bank and keep applying for jobs, and hold out for something better
Or, I could take this job offer, learn everything I needed to learn, and then move companies once I had a years experience on my CV – and that’s exactly what I did
| IT’LL ONLY BE FOR A YEAR
I did have friends and family who couldn’t understand why I would take such a massive drop in my salary, but I said to them:
Every fashion company has a Buying & Merchandising dept, so if I needed to move it shouldn’t be too hard
Within a year, I’ll be back earning the same amount I was at the bank, but with even more room for progression and even more opportunities for pay rises. I just had to bear it for a year
I’ll be working in a industry that actually relates to my degree
Buying & Merchandising is alot more fast paced, and it was something new that I wanted to learn
And most importantly, I wanted to do something that I knew I would enjoyed. I wanted to work somewhere, where I could really make a difference, and work with like minded people
I didn’t want to waste years of my life before I make a change. I’m going to do it now whilst I’ve only just started on this career ladder
And again, it will only be for a year
| I DIDN’T STAY FOR TOO LONG
After a year at the Home company, I did actually move jobs again – this time to the Buying & Merchandising dept at Matalan – where I got offered more money and more exposure to a bigger dept with bigger budgets – so it was definitely the right decision!
I can’t really remember how I managed that year where I had to cut back on alot of things, because I was still renting and living in the city of Manchester – I guess I still had that frugal student mentality!
And if you’ve read my previous post, where I talked about WHAT MY REAL JOB IS, you’ll know that I didn’t stay in Buying & Merchandising for too long either.
I moved again.
And again, I moved into a completely new industry all because of this blog actually (This time I didn’t take a pay cut! By this point I knew my worth, and I was able to negotiate a salary based on my transferrable skills and what I could bring to the team. I’ll probably do a separate post on this, as it’s something I feel really strongly about – and something I always have to remind my myself and my friends – to know your worth, and how not to get taken advantage of!) x
One of my absolute favourite places for breakfast/brunch in Manchester is definitely HOME SWEET HOME!
Back in 2011, they first opened a little restaurant in the cool side of Manchester – Northern Quarter
As soon as you walk in, you’re met with a bustling bohemian vibe. The interior design is adorably shabby chic and cosy, and the type of customers can range from professional couples sipping on their morning coffee by the window bar, to families picking up sweet cakes and milkshakes by the cake counter
There are still queues every weekend I walk past, with upto an hour wait sometimes – so it’s definitely the best place for brunch in Manchester!
The menu is fairly simple but great value for money. You’ll find all your favourite comfort foods, such as eggs bennie, breakfast waffles and eggs on toast – I always go for the Bennie Macho!
| SHAKES, CAKES & MORE CAKES
But they are also famed for their massive slices of cakes! All of them are multi layered cakes with the most amazing toppings you’ll ever see. I’ve seen cakes with a whole Easter Egg on top mixed in with several bars of Kinder Buenos!
I’ve also seen bright pink cakes, with various French Fancies, Cherry Bakewells and Battenbergs decorated all over – my version of a sweet coma!
Second to their legendary cakes, are their delicious milkshakes. We ordered an amazing Oreo milkshake, whilst the table next to us ordered the Birthday Shake which literally consisted of a birthday cake and candle on top! That’s a meal in itself!