Our high streets are still the jewel in the shop­ping crown

Rutherglen Reformer - - Eat Drink Shop Local -

Our high streets are at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties.

And although shop­ping trends have changed with the in­crease in online sales, the high street re­mains the jewel in your com­mu­nity’s crown.

High streets have evolved to cope with the chang­ing shop­ping trends and the re­tail­ers and restau­rants are build­ing on their strengths to re­main the first choice for shop­pers.

The ex­per­tise of the in­de­pen­dent fash­ion and gift bou­tiques to the creme de la creme of home bak­ing you can find in your high street.

It’s this per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion and sense of com­mu­nity that give high streets the edge over anony­mous online and out of town shop­ping.

You can shop, eat and drink in your town cen­tre, leave the car at home to shop lo­cal , no need to go far for the best in shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences.

You can pop into the spe­cialised bou­tiques, re­lax for a morn­ing cuppa then treat your­self to a meal and a drink with fam­ily and friends.

High streets and town cen­tres that are fit for the 21st cen­tury need to of­fer a dif­fer­ent mix of re­tail, ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties, a dif­fer­ent style of in­ter­ac­tion, and a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences that are about more than shop­ping.

They are places where peo­ple knit to­gether for com­mu­nity events and fo­cal point for the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion that is the epit­ome of the high street.

It’s only when you walk down your lo­cal high street that you find a feel­ing of lo­cal pride in your town, these once flour­ish­ing streets are vy­ing with ma­jor su­per­mar­kets to se­cure your busi­ness - you can help make that dif­fer­ence by shop­ing in your own high street.

Sup­port­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and busi­nesses makes you’re shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence one that ben­e­fits the econ­omy of your home town.

They are places were peo­ple knit to­gether for com­mu­nity events

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