Yesterday I drove past the Fryern Arcade, and could see lots of people outside Costa Coffee.
At the Central Precinct, I also saw a tent outside Up & Running running shop. I was quite pleased, so went to check if my trainers had arrived. I had ordered a pair of trainers a week before lockdown, so have been waiting for the shop to reopen.
The roads were getting busier, and people will be out and about more from now on. Shopping centres reopen tomorrow.
I hope we are able to continue support local businesses, especially independent businesses.
I went for a run this afternoon with my new trainers. They are fab! Up & Running really is a specialist shop. Before you buy the trainers, you get to run on the treadmail for a few minutes, and they film how you run. Later they give you an analysis, and help you choose the right trainers.
I may not run as fast as Chippy Minton, who has continued his own parkrun journeys during lockdown, but my trainers certainly look prettier.
The other week, I shopped at Bay Leaves Larder and had a great experience. Sarah Guilder has done a great job.
The shop has a pop-up fruit and veg stall and many basic essentials and supplies.
If you practise zero waste and want to reduce plastic waste, you can bring containers for refills of fabric softener, washing up liquid, and hand soaps. The ‘Refill & Reduce station’ is linked with Lemon & Jinja in Romsey, which runs a zero waste shop.
If you are self isolating, volunteers can collect and deliver your shopping for you.
Sarah is really taking extra precautions in cleanliness to protect staff and customers’ health and safety. Only 2 people at a time are allowed in her community store. At the entrance, there is a pack of disposable gloves for customers to use.
I’m grateful we have this amazing store in our community. I’m grateful as Sarah has served the community for 12 years, and has continued to source high quality produce for the community.
How do you support the local businesses? Share your experiences with us.