July 2013 - Local Shopping in Smith Street, Warwick | Party 2014


10 years and still going strong

The Beauty Retreat was originally created by Katie Garratt back in 2001 and began its life tucked away above a busy hairdressing salon in Leamington Spa.
Katie spent 18 months at these premises until she decided the time had come to trade from a stand alone unit to help the new business grow, this brought Katie across to Warwick where she joined forces with Karen-Marie Brooks and the ball was set in motion creating the new salon in Smith Street.
As the business grew they needed to expand and soon had a small team of therapists working with them to create the salon that is here today.
The salon has gone from strength to strength and has just celebrated its 10th year down Smith Street!
Heres to another 10 years…

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… and he didn’t even stop for a Guinness!

For more than 30 years the Folk Festival has been coming to Warwick. A magical moment in Warwick’s annual event calendar. The town is alive with music and dance. The whole town is transformed with bands, Morris Dancers and of course the ever popular Smith Street Party Over the next few posts we’ll be reviewing the weekend events on Smith St. But for now you’ll have to make do with this little video until our intrepid reporter (me) gets his arse into gear and uploads photos and more videos. http://youtu.be/jKTpg1wX630

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Local shopping, Big things can happen.

Down on a little street in Warwick, things are happening. Smith St is Warwick’s oldest shopping street. Once home to a jewish community that prospered making armour for the Castles soldiers along with Blacksmiths, whitesmiths & Goldsmiths. Now it is home to a niche set of business including Butchers & Bakers. Many of them as individuals and as a group are fighting back against the multi nationals and of course the “internet” One way of fighting back is with great service and great products which is always offered in great style and care from independents.

Now one business on little old Smith Street has seen one of their dresses, purchased by a TV presenter appear on a major lunchtime program on ITV.
The dress was only bought on Saturday in Aspire by Melanie Sykes. Today Mel was seen wearing her new purchase, a Little Mistress Pink Skater dress on “lets do lunch” earlier today.


So there it is folks, Big things can happen for the little independents of this world. Right stock, right price + great service will get you noticed.

By Paul Evans | Categories News

Local shopping, Big things can happen.

Down on a little street in Warwick, things are happening. Smith St is Warwick’s oldest shopping street. Once home to a jewish community that prospered making armour for the Castles soldiers along with Blacksmiths, whitesmiths & Goldsmiths. Now it is home to a niche set of business including Butchers & Bakers. Many of them as individuals and as a group are fighting back against the multi nationals and of course the “internet” One way of fighting back is with great service and great products which is always offered in great style and care from independents.

Now one business on little old Smith Street has seen one of their dresses, purchased by a TV presenter appear on a major lunchtime program on ITV.
The dress was only bought on Saturday in Aspire by Melanie Sykes. Today Mel was seen wearing her new purchase, a Little Mistress Pink Skater dress on “lets do lunch” earlier today.

 melanie sykes wearing pink skater dress

So there it is folks, Big things can happen for the little independents of this world. Right stock, right price + great service will get you noticed.

 

By Paul Evans | Categories News

Warwick News – Not Standing Idle

Yesterday evening the Warwick District Community Forum held a special meeting at Ayelsford School. The meeting was for the District Council officers to meet local residents and others (Me) to discuss the new local plan and the proposed Gypsy Traveller Sites.

More than 400 people turned up on the warm and balmy evening ready to berate the officers over their proposals. Over 12500 homes are planned for our particular corner of planet earth. It seems that South Warwickshire and particularly Warwick have been made into a super hero town because it looks like we’re taking the vast majority of the required developments to provide housing as suggested by the Government. The plans seem bizarre, greenbelt being trounced on to build homes that currently, according to last nights report from WDC officers are not yet needed. The area has enough planning permissions already passed to build enough homes to last for 5 years.

Temperatures rose even higher when some officers couldn’t answer the questions that were put to them by there adoring public.

The upshot is that if you don’t get your objections or suggestions in by 29th July 2013 then who knows what will happen. On behalf of 60 fellow traders from Smith St, Warwick I’ve posted our views. to top that off, after I had a small rant at the officers of WDC, Smith St has now been granted a private audience with a highways planning dude who says he wants to help. Lets wait and see, shall we.

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Video used to promote Smith St

Enterprising trader from Smith St, Warwick produces a short advert that promotes the Street.

Will this video be enough to sway Warwickshire County Council and it’s “Local Plan” to stop major changes to this 100% independently occupied shopping street in Warwick.

More to follow.

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Local Warwick resident Dives for Charity

Local resident Rob Cameron recently completed a Skydive to raise money for Leukaemia research. It’s a charity that is close to Rob’s heart as a close family member is currently receiving treatment.

Mr Cameron is on course to raise his target of a Thousand pounds for his chosen charity. If you would like to contribute you can do this by clicking here.

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Warwick News – don’t stand idle

Warwick news 02/07/2013

Warwick is currently facing a new wave of challenges coming under the “Local Plan” More than 12,000 homes are under consideration to be built in the south of Warwickshire in other words, very close to the centre of Warwick.

Their doesn’t however seem to be much thought to the problem of the infrastructure (roads, schools, emergency services etc.) to carry the implications of this amount of new homes. Warwick already suffers with bad traffic congestion at the key times of the day. This plan is now in a consultation period and ends at the end of July 2013. The good folk of Warwick need to read the plan and submit ideas, objections or whatever, but you NEED to do something. Don’t sit idle and think that others will ask the questions or make objections for you. Take action yourself.

Below is an illustration of one of the proposed changes to the roads near to my business. We will be working with residents to get a balanced view of what could be done so that residents and business owners don’t lose out. Some changes like the one below will not benefit any party. For residents, they’ll have increased traffic and lose car parking at the front of their properties. For Business owners, potential customers will be put off driving through the town because the current exits from the town will be impaired by this proposal.

For more information for how and where to take action from then visit: This place

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Ruth is now ready to take on world

A Warwickshire mountain biker has been crowned as the Welsh National Champion and is set to achieve her dream of competing on the international stage.

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