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OATH Lounge opens on Lord Street in Southport

OATH Lounge opens on Lord Street in Southport
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A brand new relaxation and innovation centre is up and running in Southport town centre.

OATH Lounge has opened as a flexible space at 211-213 Lord Street, right in the heart of the town, creating something very different and very new for the community.

With an array of premium wines and luxury coffee, this chilled space allows for a mental reset. The tactically located plug sockets create a great workspace and the floods of natural light during the day will inspire any visitors to help you to achieve.

It’s a great space for networking and meeting like-minded flexible workers and creatives.

The new OATH Lounge venture has been launched by local entrepreneur Owen Simmons, aged 27, after he launched OATH Clothing as an online business 18 months ago.

He was initially looking to buy an office for his fledgling company but when he heard the costs involved, he decided that a little extra outlay would secure him a prime spot right in the centre of the Lord Street shopping boulevard – and put his firm directly in the spotlight.  Committed to quality and sustainability, OATH clothing is designed with customers in mind.

Owen’s team of designers come from a range of backgrounds creating a wide array of clothing to suit every demographic.  All the money raised from clothing is invested back into the business and a percentage of the proceeds is invested into tackling online bullying and harassment.

During the day, OATH Lounge provides a cafe for customers, with OATH clothing also on sale.

It provides coffee from Julius Meinl, a family company and the global ambassador for Viennese Coffee House Culture.

OATH uses premium Julius Meinl coffee beans, freshly ground for each customer.

It also stocks goods from the iconic Satterthwaites brand, a local firm which is making a return to Lord Street for the first time in decades.

Owen said: “We are dependently independent. We rely on the local community for custom and local businesses for partnerships.

“In turn we use select products from select local companies and enterprises: pastries and cakes supplied from Satterthwaites, a family owned bakery that originated on Lord Street and has been making wonderful treats using locally sourced ingredients for over 100 years.”

By night, OATH Lounge becomes a bar, looking to support talented musicians and artists in the area.

Owen said: “Between our open mic nights and temporary art exhibitions, we try to support all local artistic ventures.

“If you are an artist looking to display your work, a singer looking to get over stage fright or a stand up comic looking for some laughs, send us a message on Instagram at @oath_capital or email us at oathcapitalprojects@gmail.com.”

The company has come a long way in a short time.

Owen said: “About a year ago, during the Covid pandemic, I set up a Research and Development company, OATH Capital.

“I set up a clothing brand online and sales have been going well.

“With OATH Clothing, we have a unisex range, mainly aimed at people aged 16-24.

“We are growing our range, looking to stock clothing for different ages and genres.

“By day OATH Lounge will be a cafe and a clothing store, perfect for people coming in and working. People can hold their networking events in here. It is a multi-faceted space.

“This is an innovation hub. This is where people can come and generate business. It is a great work space, where people can come and network and share ideas.

“I will be here most of the time to help people with anything they need.

“In the evening it will become a bar.

“I originally looked at office space, but the costs were around £700 per month – instead I invested a little bit more and found a location in a prime spot on Lord Street.

“We are open at 8am every morning, because there is nowhere in Southport that opens that early and offers people a great coffee to start the day.”

Owen is hugely ambitious and hopes his venture will develop to become a chain.

He studied at Formby High School, before completing a Business Finance Access Course at Southport College; then Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University; and then achieved  a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management while working part-time at EE on Chapel Street in Southport.

He then decided the time was right to strike out on his own and form his own company, which is growing in success.

OATH Lounge is already ensuring that there are many reasons for people to visit, at various times of day or night.

People locally should also do all they can to show their support for a positive, enthusiastic and ambitious local business leader who has worked hard to create something very new and exciting for Southport town centre.

  • OATH Lounge is open from 10am every morning, seven days a week, and is then open until around 10pm-11pm during the week, depending on what’s on, and then until 2am each Friday and Saturday. Follow them on Instagram at Instagram at @oath_capital

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