New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Daily Prompt: State of Your Year

Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.
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West Byfleet, where I live, is a small town that feels more like a village in community spirit. When I first moved here, I loved that we had so many small businesses and independent retailers.

Now, only the strongest survive. We’ve lost bookshop, fishmonger, grocer, music shop, florists, café, Woolworths, bathroom showroom, computer repair-shop all to the recent years of economic strife.

Thankfully one of my favourite local shops, Heather Forster, is still going strong. Today they moved into new premises, still within the heart of the town.

The shop is a treasure trove of all things bright and beautiful. When I need to look for a card or gift, Heather’s is my first port of call. There’s always something a bit different, quirky, unusual.

It’s independent shops like Heather Forster that are still at the heart of communities across the country, with a smile and a few kind words for each and every customer who comes through the doors.

Congratulations, to you all, on the new shop and long may you remain at the centre of West Byfleet!

5 comments on “New Beginnings

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  2. That is one reason why I like living in Ludlow. It still has 3 butchers, several bakers, a fishmonger, several markets a week + a local produce one twice a month and numerous independent shops, although a few chains have started to creep in. A lot of the shops don’t even take cards, so I am now back to carrying cash when I go shopping. And it is true, when you shop in these places you always have a chat and a smile. Long may they all continue for the good of all of us.
    J xx

    • Ludlow is beautiful 🙂 I think the historic towns of Britain have been a bit more protected from the recession in terms of keeping the independent traders going. It must be a combination of some tourist income, lower rates and that you’re not swamped with huge supermarkets or the generic town centre malls. We might be up your way in October! Sx

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