Some of the 30 people who've taken the High Town Bag Pledge also commented on what they'd like to buy on High Town Road. Here's, what they've said:
Is High Town ready for a deli?
Of course these are only a few responses out of the 9046 High Town residents, and admittedly, all of them High Town Bag pledge-takers, which may give them a certain eco bias, but I still think there's a case for a kind of place that sells high quality fresh bread, deli and organic products. A shop where you can stock up on freshly made pesto, almighty sourdough loaves, organic and/or locally produced fruit and veg, gluten and wheat free products, good wine, olive oil, eco cleaning stuff, eco clothing even.
Finding out what's already on offer
Admittedly, some of the products in the list above are already on sale on HTR. It may be that shoppers aren't aware of what's there, or that they don't trust the quality. There may be a case for 'trust building' and helping shopkeepers to present their goods to a wider clientele in the best possible way, so that everyone feels welcome to browse - even if goods may be labelled in another language. That's definitely something the High Town Bag project hopes to help with.
What do you think?
If you haven't commented already, or want so add something to this discussion, we'd love to hear from you - and who knows if this trend continues - maybe one day we'll have our very own High Town Deli, something a little bit like Halsey's in Hitchin, that also doubles up as a nice coffee and cake shack?