Our towns and cities are not getting good press. Slow death, suffocated by big 24/7 supermarkets. It can seem that way. Retail is along from my career experience and it’s for that reason it’s a world that makes my high street part of my life and nothing to do with my work.
I want to keep A high street. It’s a social space designated for commerce. What can I do? I can share what’s here. I wasn’t sure where to start. I knew I wanted to do something like this. In town today I stood outside Ucig a local e cigarette shop where my partner was buying vape liquids.
I turned it the spot and noted the shops. A real mix. I was stood looking around. Here is the geolocation. https://goo.gl/maps/KRRCuPyceeKKDBcV7
- ShoeZone - https://www.shoezone.com/Stores/Long_Eaton-1770
- Ucig - https://www.ucig.co.uk
- ProStart - https://www.prostartuk.co.uk
- EE Phone Shop
- M&B Nails - https://m.facebook.com/Manhbnail/
- Rowells - an old family store soon to be an indie micro pub https://www.micropubmagazine.co.uk/news/plans-revealed-for-a-new-micropub-in-former-long-eaton-shop
- Willow Tree Butchers - gone online https://willowtreebutchers.co.uk
- Howitt Street
- Kim’s Handmade Gifts - https://www.kimshandmadegiftshop.com/
- B&M - https://www.bmstores.co.uk/stores/long-eaton-237
- Ezone - https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063699962544
- Gibbs Street
- Café Brûlée’s - https://m.facebook.com/Cafe-Brule-100969105191566/
Not every shop has a dedicated customer website. Some only have Facebook pages. Is that ok? Does a high street retail or hospitality outlet need a web presence?
How can a town support it’s high street and make it thrive.