This is a store on Burton Road for all your DIY needs.
Still, the GT Blog has a long history and is the trademark cycle you can imagine.
The hardware store has been in business for 150 years through generations of vendors.
It was founded in 1871 by Thomas Henry Blog as an iron manger and was taken over in 1895 by his brother George Thomas Blog.
He was followed by Eric Grasse, who worked for blogs around 1920, followed by his son Alan, who has run it ever since.
Alan was born in the next house on Cavendish Road and has lived through evolution. West Didsbury..
“Oh, it’s always been around,” he says.
“My first client was the Bishop of Manchester. It was in the 1960s.
“I didn’t know who he was until he left the store and my father told me.
“It was such an area. When I started, we sold paraffin, fertilizer, gardening equipment.
“At one point we had a lathe downstairs. We also used to fill the acid batteries – that’s how we go back.”
Burton Road has evolved from a student area that has become a popular gentrified ‘village’ that is now full of bars, cafes, hairdressers and independent shops.
Although butchers, green grocers and bakeries have paved the way for modern businesses, the GT Blog has remained largely the same, and South Manchester is a major destination for hardware and DIY supplies.
Calorie Gas is one of the best-selling barbecue and pizza oven necessities in the summer, while the blog is famous for its Christmas tree in the winter.
They have also stopped the house plant craze and increased their outdoor plant stock.
Lee Evans, 50, has worked at the store since the age of 17 and is now running the business with Allen.
He agrees that Burton Road has been on the rise for many years, and he is proud of its thickness.
“When the Midland Hotel became a metropolis almost 20 years later, it really started to change the image of the village,” says Allen.
“It was a student area for a long time, but then a lot of young professionals moved here.
“The conversion of Washington Hospital into apartments has taken a toll on people in the area.
“The primary school around the corner has gone from 200 students to 700. That says it all.”
Lee added: “It’s true that this has changed, and I think it’s great.
“It’s full of bars and cafes, and there are some great libertarians like Serenko and Moth who have been here for some time.
“And then you get places like ours and The Great Kathmandu that have been here for years. It’s a good combination.
“People always say we got everything at the store.
“We can’t compete with the online market in terms of price – I don’t think we ever will.
“But we are convenient for people who live in the area. It is a corner area where people can come for supplies and we always get what they want.
“A guy who lives around the corner says he always knows what time of year is based on things outside of the blog.
“Bulbs in the spring and Christmas trees in December. That’s how we get to know people.”
Allen says the key to the store’s success is simple.
“Provide good service, be happy and have a little fun with your customers,” he says.
“And never be grumpy. Even if you have a bad day, you can’t let it show.”
Most Dudsbury residents will be familiar with the old push bike above the store door.
Decades later, after being exposed to Manchester elements, Allen’s old motorcycle looked a bit bad to wear.
One of his employees, Jeff Padden, decided it was time to restore the bike to its former glory to mark the 150 milestones of the GT Blog, and Above is a place of pride.
This marks the end of a stressful time for everyone in the store, with the entire Corona virus remaining open throughout the epidemic.
Geoff was hospitalized with the virus at the onset of the epidemic, which makes the crisis appear to be very close to the shopmates’ homes.
Lee decided to stay open, putting a counter on the store door to keep everyone safe, while Allen stayed away mostly to avoid the virus.
“Consumers said they were grateful for our openness,” Lee said.
“People had a lot of time at home and everyone was DIY. We were really busy.
“But we are grateful to all our customers for staying with us through them all.
“We just want to thank everyone who has helped us over the years.”