Sunday, 14 February 2010


Massarella's is a well-established café bar and art gallery right in the centre of Saltaire, just opposite the Victoria Hall. It looks a cosy haven, all lit up on a winter's evening, but whatever the time of day it's a lovely place for a coffee and a light snack, with the added bonus that you can browse the artwork on display - and buy something if it takes your fancy. It is run by Ellen Massarella, who started it purely as an art gallery in 1998 and has since built it up into a thriving business, adding the catering side in 2004. Ellen stocks work - paintings, photographs, ceramics and cards - mostly by local artists. I think she lives 'above the shop' too, which I think is really great. I like it that the businesses in Saltaire are mostly run by people who share in and care about the village, and not by people who solely see the place as a money-spinner.

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