Well, this week has been a week of firsts - the first meeting of the recently formed Commercial Street Retailers Group and dare I say it - my first ever blog!
Firstly - oh there's another first - people have been asking why are we setting up a group - well the answer is quite simple; Commercial Street is special, we have a fantastic and unique selection of 20 independent-only retailers in central Harrogate and we want to make sure that everyone knows about it!
So many shops have been here for years, unbelievably there has been a Cafe on the Lilly's location for over 50 years, the Cheeseboard and Books for All has been open for over 20 years, the Remnant House has been in Harrogate for over 50 years, Stothards pet shop opened in 1968 - I guess at 11 years in the street, Crown Jewellers of Harrogate are still relative newcomers!!
Moreover, Commercial Street can boast many one-off specialist shops simply not found anywhere else locally - where else can you .... get your sewing machine mended, pick the brains of a world cheese award judge, choose from the largest selection of classical, jazz and light music CDs in Yorkshire or purchase a piece of stunning genuine pre-loved Tiffany & Co jewellery!
Let's not forget we've a key cutters, butchers, electrical hardware store, tanning studio, ski shop, creative craft shop, Chinese herbal remedy shop, 2 hairdressers, a mind body & spirit shop, a speciality coffee & tea shop, a cafe, 2 tattoo parlours, a Panasonic store - the selection is amazing!
So whether you live in Harrogate or you are visiting, rest assured you will receive a very warm welcome from our unique street bursting with independent retailers!
Commercial Street -
a wealth of independent retailing expertise!
Written by Sue Kramer of Crown Jewellers of Harrogate.