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A new exhibition at an art shop in Kingsland Road will celebrate the craft of glassmaking that began on the same spot more than a century ago – and continued until the turn of the millennium. The Gazette speaks to a pair of glass makers who once worked in the studio about why it was so special.

From first birthdays to wedding days, Nadine’s Flare Cakes caters for all ages, tastes and occasions.

Each week, the Gazette takes to the streets to unearth something being manufactured right here in Hackney. This week we feature Freed of London, which creates dancing shoes for the stars from a factory in Well Street.

A revolutionary co-housing project hatched in Hackney and bankrolled by 40 people’s retirement cash has been set up – but it’s a bit of a commute.

A former plastic works, cardboard factory and printing press in Hackney Wick is on course to be transformed into a hub for beer lovers.

A trio of Hackney cyclists have raised more than £5,000 for the renovation of St Mary’s Centre in Stoke Newington by pedalling from London to Paris in just 24 hours.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week we speak to a London Fields PR agency selling T-shirts for charity to mark its first birthday.

A “kitchen champion” is being sought as part of plans to turn a dilapidated toilet block into a thriving community café.

Kids, knives and fire but no injuries? It could only be Dalston Eastern Curve Garden’s eighth annual Pumpkin Lantern Festival, which attracted thousands on Sunday.

Kingsland High Street and Finsbury Park’s Post Offices are expected to shut tomorrow as workers take to the street to protest their planned closure.



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