High Street Revival!
We’ve written before about the plight of the local high street, and how these centres, which are focal points for community life, are in decline, and the importance of the local independent shop. So we were pleased to hear about a group of local mothers in Barnet who joined forces in order to do something about their local high street.
They have set-up the Love Barnet pop-up shop. By using an empty store which has been kindly donated to them by a local charity (The Eleanor Palmer Trust), they aim to showcase small businesses who are all hoping to go on and open their own store on the high street. And any income which they make will be earmarked for further community Love Barnet events and projects.
The main challenge that they faced was a lack of funds, but the community have come together to help out. As well as being donated the store, a local carpet store is donating the flooring, the local college is helping to refurbish, and a team of local mums and residents are helping the initiative in all sorts of ways.
“We are working hard to try to help rejuvenate Barnet High Street as a focal point for the community, trying to head off the steady decline of local shops, and spearheading a campaign to add quality shops and shop fronts to the beleaguered offering we currently have. All this in an attempt to protect the heritage and beauty of the place as well as keep it buzzing and alive for the community.”
They have already signed up some local businesses that currently have market stalls and are looking to make that next step. And their plans don’t just stop there. They are looking to have a community space and play area in the store and would love to attract a much needed soft play company.
Their ultimate aim is to attract new and stylish businesses on to the High Street and nearby local shopping centre by giving some of these a chance to try this out in the first pop up shop in Barnet High Street.
We think that it is a fantastic concept, and wish the initiative all the success in rejuvenating the local area. To find out more, take a look at www.lovebarnet.co.uk
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