Its all about shops today!
Looking for quirky, locally owned business to support in your area? Look no further, if you live in Bedford and its environs, you can always support Simi & Lola. Within Dunstable, there are loads of independent shops that need a buzz or a renaissance around them. Competition is fierce. We need to help.
Did you know that for every pound you spend in a local independent shop, 70p of that benefits your local community?Think about it, the more we support our local businesses, the more our communities and town centers can thrive and the more we can see jobs and wages increase. Coupled with a struggling economic recovery, the Dunstable high street has too many closed/failed shops, it is depressing.
This is why I am passionate about supporting local shops and asking you to do the same. I would like to show my support for another shop which used to be in Ashton Square, Dunstable, but has now moved to Bedford mainly because the footfall was not enough to generate the required sales.
Simi & Lola Bedford is an independent shop which retails dresses, hand bags, gift items, scarves, perfumes, belts and other items. Owned by husband and wife team Hatib and Adeola, a visit to their shop show the love they have for each other and their shop. Every item displayed,has been chosen by love. Adeola, a business and ICT Masters
Here are clips of Funmbi, the Comedian. He performed at the African Comedy Night where he stole the show- in my opinion anyways. As I have only just discovered him, here are two clips of him for your Monday merriment.
I wanted to do a little post about a shop I have come to love. The shop is located on the Dunstable High Street North. It is situated next to Iceland which is opposite the Post Office. It’s hard to miss really. Rosie’s Market Garden has been there for several months but I only just noticed them fairly recently.
Rosie is Dan and Jane’s daughter. Dan is the friendly face who makes you feel very welcome each time you pop in to pick a fruit or vegetable really quick. Before Rosie’s, another shop I loved was Simi and Lola’s but they moved out of Dunstable and are now in Bedford.
I need to add that as far as I know, Rosie’s Market Garden is the only place in Dunstable where you can get your sugar cane, fufu, plantain and fresh spinach vegetables. This is handy for Africans like myself who maintain a cross between Western and African diets. Before Rosie’s, it would have been a trip to Luton or Bletchley to buy those African essentials.
I held my breath as I read Nellie Tandoh’s review of my book. It is one thing thing to write, it is another to be reviewed by someone who does not know you or your business. I suppose, this is what gives writers like me a little more authenticity: the almighty Review.
I feel humbled actually that anyone would take their time to read anything I write, let alone, write a review about it. Life’s miracles. I am simply grateful. If you haven’t read it, here it is published today on the The British Blacklist.