Ar­cade home to sev­eral start-ups

Midweek Visiter - - Southport Bid -

ONE of the many great de­lights in writ­ing this col­umn is the op­por­tu­nity it gives to pro­mote those in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses who em­body ev­ery­thing that’s good about our town.

Many of them have been here in town for decades.

They’ve been through it all: re­ces­sions, the growth of the in­ter­net, out-of-town shop­ping cen­tres.

And, yet, they’re still here demon­strat­ing a loy­alty to the town that de­serves to be ac­knowl­edged.

Many of them can be found in the splen­did set­ting of Way­far­ers Ar­cade.

The ar­cade was 120 years old ear­lier this week (Oc­to­ber 1) and so to help cel­e­brate that an­niver­sary we’re de­lighted to show­case sev­eral new in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses all of whom have cho­sen to lo­cate there.

This beau­ti­fully main­tained, at­trac­tive Vic­to­rian ar­cade in the cen­tre of our town is renowned for its in­de­pen­dent shops.

How­ever, like many shop­ping desti­na­tions the Ar­cade has for some time had empty units to fill, mir­ror­ing the down­ward trend on the high street na­tion­ally where more shops have closed down rather than open­ing up.

Lead­ing the way to a brighter fu­ture in South­port, the ar­cade has re­cently wel­comed four new shops to join the fam­ily of ten­ants who al­ready oc­cupy stores.

All are unique busi­nesses and will no doubt be­come des­ti­na­tion stores in our town. Join­ing the ground floor stores are Brick Craft Toys sell­ing Lego in­clud­ing col­lec­tors and ‘re­tired’ items.

They will be hold­ing weekly spe­cial­ist brick build­ing events ev­ery Sat­ur­day for chil­dren aged 5-16 years.

Next door is Truly Scrump­tious Con­fec­tionery of­fer­ing lux­ury choco­lates and con­fec­tionery from around the world as well as their own hand­made fudge.

Also on the ground level is Straw­berry House Pot­tery sell­ing unique hand­made pot­tery.

Mov­ing on to the first floor is Hyp­nother­apy North West.

Later this month will see the open­ing of an­other new busi­ness, The Chair, sell­ing a range of hand­made gifts, dried flower ar­range­ments and other unique items.

Noth­ing breeds suc­cess like suc­cess and now that re­tail­ers are see­ing the ben­e­fits of mov­ing into this unique ar­cade we’re ex­pect­ing more new ten­ants to be an­nounced shortly.

That’s great news for our town.

New shops in Way­far­ers Ar­cade in­clude Brick Craft Toys

Truly Scrump­tious Con­fec­tionery

Straw­berry House Pot­tery

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