I needed to go into Bath city centre yesterday, with two Birthdays coming up this month, I was on the hunt for a few special gifts. Yes, it was a cold Tuesday morning in February, but it was sad to see the beautiful streets quiet. And even sadder to see shop premises empty or closed-down since Christmas.
|This was particularly noticeable in Little South Gate, the newest shopping destination in Bath. I noticed several empty units, including one which was a favourite shop of mine, Pretty Eccentric. For all I know, they may just be re-locating, but I haven't been able to find any information on-line. (A similar shop called Sassy & Boo also seem to have left Bath.) But then with rents as high as this, its not difficult to understand the problems faced by small independents. Its obvious to see why shopping is expensive in the city, when other bills and staffing costs have to be covered on top of rents - It becomes a vicious circle just to survive.|
So, although I may dream of having a shop in the beautiful city of Bath, I think that is what it will always remain. I am happy to have my little shop in one of Somerset's oldest towns - It may not be the perfect location, but at least I can sleep at night knowing I don't have out-of-reach bills to pay. The people I welcome through its doors are always a delight and have time to chat. Long may the independents survive.
Tomorrow I shall be taking in lots of new stock to replenish the shelves and I've started making cushions again to replace all that were sold over the Christmas period.
I'd like to thank Belinda who has just put together a lovely post about my shop on her visually stunning Neutral Heaven blog, here. (She also wrote about Nostalgia at No.1 on her other blog which she writes (for free) for the town, here.)
Belinda and Wayne have now re-opened their wonderful shop No.21 in Shepton Mallet, after concentrating on their space at Kilver Court for a while - I'm thrilled to welcome them back.
Rustic shelf with crackled paint.