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Knutsford – Shaping up for Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Girl about Town   
Thursday, 08 October 2009 18:13
Having spent time away this summer, I returned to take a fresh look at Knutsford. Our town, perhaps more than most, is in a constant state of flux. You go away for a week and come back to find an old favourite has shut up shop. Two doors down someone new is setting up. This rapid turnover is perhaps because the survival of many of our retailers depends on visitors – and they’re an unpredictable lot.
 However this can’t be said of Panache, the hairdressers on bottom street, who disappeared after 32 years leaving such a sad little farewell note in the window I almost shed a tear.  At the other end of the scale Mallard Tea Shop didn’t last a year. Nice tea, wrong location? Having Costa Coffee next door can’t have helped.

Thankfully Knutsford caters well for our daily needs with the likes of Woods and The Easy Fish Co.  Then there are those that tempt you to browse – the new Hidden Jem is a treat and The Summer House, Chalk, House and Cherry Tree Gallery need constant checks for the loveliest gifts.

Indeed the majority of our shopkeepers seem to have weathered the recession and are in positive mood. Mode-Elle on Minshull Street was on the brink of closing, sending a shudder of fear through women within a 30 mile radius. But I was glad to hear they have re-signed their lease and we can all breathe a well-measured sigh of relief.

Similarly, Halstone phone shop on Princess Street disappeared for 6 months but has now reappeared brighter and better. And Zizzi, the pizza restaurant on King Street has been given a new lease of life and relaunched as Primavera – an independent venture brimming with fresh ideas and even fresher pasta.  It’s all about the survival of the fittest in this game.

Like any living thing, Knutsford evolves, shedding the old to make way for the new. As we gear up for the festive season we welcome three newcomers: Glamorous – a foray on King Street by two local Mums into the vicarious world of fashion. They have chosen to target the younger (and skimpier) end of the market and I hope this proves to be wise. On Princess Street we have Vermilion - a new Art Gallery – another notoriously tough market.
But if skimpy dresses and fine art are not top of your Christmas list, then head for Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe -  a sugar-laden box of delights right next door to Glamorous... there’s a calorie-laden joke in there somewhere.
Joking aside, these brave individual enterprises keep Knutsford special. Our town is a prime destination for tourists and visitors and only the dedication and flair of our retailers and restaurateurs keeps it that way.

The more I travel, the more I appreciate that Knutsford is a vibrant place to live. The balance is not always perfect, but whatever the season, I hope you choose to eat, drink and shop locally and support our independents. We need them as much as they need us.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2009 00:25

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