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New west end Post Office delivers coffee and cakes too

New west end Post Office delivers coffee and cakes too

One budding west end entrepreneur has come up with a solution to one of life's most mundane foibles - standing in line at the Post Office.

Having recently won the contract for the Hillhead office, Ryan Marwaha has decided to revamp the facility with a twist.

Transporting the service to a brand new lot on Great Western Road, Ryan and partner Jo plan to open their Post Office with an artisan cafe and gift shop.

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The official opening date is November 18 - although you might catch a bit of activity this afternoon as the final touches are made.

With full wheelchair accessibility and increased opening hours, the hope is to provide a west end Post Office that's completely available for all residents.

But rather than keep the title of Hillhead Post Office, Ryan decided to give the venue a new lease of life naming it Penny Black after the very first adhesive stamp used in a public postal system.

Ryan commented: "With changes going on in Post Office Limited we saw this as one that really needed some direction.

"When we won the contract we decided to move into a bigger property and make a real shout about the west end post office which has been neglected for several years.

"The way we see things going is to make it a main post office for the area but give it more love and attention, bringing it into a modern age - with the cafe and gift shop, it's a really unique and social approach, tailored to the west end.

"The Post Office has changed dramatically in the past 15 years - availability and accessibility are key to us and our aim is to keep the industry alive.

"We recognise that there's a lot of young entrepreneurs in the west end who have maybe started up their own businesses and work 9am- 5pm - we want to offer our services beyond those hours."

In an effort to champion Glasgow talent, Ryan has sourced products largely from local designers and publishers - often young entrpreneurs just starting out on the scene.

Here's a few things you'll be able to enjoy as well as picking up parcels and renewing your road tax:

Coffee beams roasted by Matthew Algie and tea coming from The Wee Tea Company

Biscuit pillows from Nikki McWilliams Design

Fruity stationary from Asking For Trouble

Quirky gift cards and wrapping from Psychopants

Less than politically correct homeware from Lloyd Loves

Any cheesecake imaginable from Artisan Cheesecakes

Sounds great, but how does the venue look?

Previously occupied by The Ten Pound Thrift Store, the new post office will retain the industrial feel of the lot keeping the original pillars and tiling.

Here's how the place looked last week:

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And here's how it looks now:

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Penny Black's trial opening hours will be 8am - 6pm six days a week with plans to increase from there depending on demand.

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