Season's Greetings from high Town Bag
So much happened on High Town Road in 2016.
Shops closed or changed owner, and new ones opened. The somewhat iconic Wallpaperworld and Paints sign has been modernised, Hightown Supermarket has a change of owner, and small Polish chain Vita Express opened a well stocked branch in the formerly 'Best One' store. Almost opposite is now a small Polish bakery, selling hearty dark bread and sweet pastries. Dudley Street has seen the arrival of a health food shop House of Mistry. There's a new (old) pub (the Well), The Painter's Arms has undergone refurbishment, and the re-purposed Railway Tavern seems almost ready for business as shops and a cafe. Oscar's sandwich bar has been redecorated and looks all fresh. The Dudu Bar opened, the Hat Shop closed, a little Romanian shop opened it's doors next to the hairdresser, and the Pizza place opposite the school is undergoing an overhaul as I write this. Most of these are small changes, but of course there was also the terrible accident in August, bringing so much grief to everyone affected. Fresh flowers have been marking the place where a car crashed into the TV repair shop.
As things have been changing on High Town Road, we're planning a new print run of the High Town Bag in early 2017, which is a good opportunity to check in with all new and current shopkeepers. For now, our bag is still going strong in the Royal Pharmacy.
A big thank you to everyone who's supporting sustainable and local shopping and a Merry Christmas to everyone.
High Town Bag
P.S. We're please to say High Town Bag is one of the Near Neigbours Case Studies