I feel a bit sad about our local shops, Chapel Street. Local shops for local people. The chick, well close to my age, told me that her father's store, Retravision, was closing for renovations. She did not tell me they had sold and were leaving. Gosh, on and off, I have been buying there for twenty five years from the same people. They knew me and gave me a good price up front. Suddenly they have gone. I feel some distress. She did not even say goodbye.
Near the corner of Chapel Steet and Malvern Road there was a pet shop. I used to go in there and dream of a cute puppy or a sleek cat. I checked it almost weekly to see which critter had been sold and what new ones had arrived. The row of shops was renovated and the pet shop stayed open. But now the shop renos are finished, the pet shop has gone. I could not believe it, just a blank glass window.
We have spent a few bob in the art supply shop nearby both aforementioned, and it is having a closing down sale.
One thing for sure, Chapel Street never stands still.