Last year we said farewell to Popiel, Casa Cuba, Betty's, Violet Betty's, and Et Pourquoi Pas. Disappointingly we also lost the Butcher and Fishmonger on Church Road, which I'd never even got round to featuring on the blog. One bank also closed its doors, to be followed in the next few weeks by the other. On the plus side, there have been plenty of new arrivals, including 400 Rabbits, The Roasted Bean, Flaming Nora, a couple of fabrics and interiors shops, a green grocer, and the painting and decorating shop, Rafael Gabriel.
Meanwhile Papagaio has moved around the corner to new premises on Westow Street, and a couple of established local businesses have had a revamp. I was asked by both to come and take new pictures.
Do South relaunched with a smart new exterior and branding, new cash desk, and product ranges.
Heather at No.47 Westow Street, has renamed her salon/boutique, Backstage, and given it a sleek new look.
And finally, the ever successful twins, Laura and Jess, opened their biggest venture yet, with their first outlet on the Triangle, in what had previously been Casa Cuba.
Wishing you all a happy & prosperous 2016!