Buy local, shop local in Southampton's East Street

Daily Echo: SHOW OF SUPPORT: Independent traders in East Street, Southampton, give their backing to the Daily Echo’s Buy Local, Shop Local campaign. Echo picture Buy this photo » SHOW OF SUPPORT: Independent traders in East Street, Southampton, give their backing to the Daily Echo’s Buy Local, Shop Local campaign. Echo picture

FEW traders know the importance of shopping locally more than those in an often overlooked street in Southampton city centre.

Staff from the independently run pie shop, art supply store, sewing centre and others in East Street turned out to back the Daily Echo Buy Local, Shop Local campaign.

In these tight times it is more important than ever that people dig deep and support small shops and businesses.

It could be something as small as picking up lunch at a local bakery instead of the supermarket or buying a new set of pens from a small stationery shop as opposed to a massive retailer.

Chairman of East Street Traders’ Association Rashmi Chande said: “The Daily Echo is doing a fantastic thing with this campaign. It is absolutely vital that people support their locals shops. We sometimes get missed tucked away down here.

“However, when people find us they come back, as you get specialist shops here that sell things you can’t find in the bigger shops.

The owner of Perry’s art and office supplies at 109 East Street, Mr Chande went on to say this part of the city centre was a jewel in Southampton’s shopping crown, with an amazing array of local stores.

Many businesses in the street have put the Daily Echo campaign posters in their windows to show their support and urge others to take up the cause.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:21pm Tue 7 Apr 09

Bright Spark says...

I live in Stubbington, should I support the shopkeepers in East Street, Southampton, or 'Shop Local' ... in Stubbington?
I am confused now.
I live in Stubbington, should I support the shopkeepers in East Street, Southampton, or 'Shop Local' ... in Stubbington? I am confused now. Bright Spark

7:16pm Tue 7 Apr 09

Condor Man says...

East St is the last bastion of independant shopping in Southampton city centre. It's a pity the high st has become dominated by West Quay to the detriment of the rest of the city.
East St is the last bastion of independant shopping in Southampton city centre. It's a pity the high st has become dominated by West Quay to the detriment of the rest of the city. Condor Man

11:22pm Tue 7 Apr 09

Suziwoo says...

Maybe if it wasn't so expensive to park down that road people would go there!
Maybe if it wasn't so expensive to park down that road people would go there! Suziwoo

1:49pm Wed 8 Apr 09

Northamboy says...

Bring back the Horse and Groom, then I would shop there
Bring back the Horse and Groom, then I would shop there Northamboy

2:08pm Wed 8 Apr 09

Bally_Hoo says...

It's alright if you want to buy a pie! Or get your eyes tested, otherwise not much that you cant get elsewhere.

I use the East Street Multi-Storey car park, and like the rest of the city the cost of parking is astronomical. The City Council should stop robbing the residents and reduce parking charges. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask!
It's alright if you want to buy a pie! Or get your eyes tested, otherwise not much that you cant get elsewhere. I use the East Street Multi-Storey car park, and like the rest of the city the cost of parking is astronomical. The City Council should stop robbing the residents and reduce parking charges. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask! Bally_Hoo

7:04pm Wed 8 Apr 09

B. L. says...

Northamboy wrote:
Bring back the Horse and Groom, then I would shop there
Good grief, that brought back memories. I went in there once, not knowing the place, and it did have some 'interesting characters" in there! Any idea when the place was shut down and demolished ?
[quote][p][bold]Northamboy[/bold] wrote: Bring back the Horse and Groom, then I would shop there [/p][/quote]Good grief, that brought back memories. I went in there once, not knowing the place, and it did have some 'interesting characters" in there! Any idea when the place was shut down and demolished ? B. L.

12:18pm Thu 16 Apr 09

Mac Ince says...

It's all very well expecting local shoppers to shop locally, but do the shop keepers?
Where does the produce come from that they sell in their shops? I can say they make a big issues about it on their menus.
As far as I am aware, the only restaurant (apart from the Art House) that attempts to source locally is the Tiffin Club.
It's all very well expecting local shoppers to shop locally, but do the shop keepers? Where does the produce come from that they sell in their shops? I can say they make a big issues about it on their menus. As far as I am aware, the only restaurant (apart from the Art House) that attempts to source locally is the Tiffin Club. Mac Ince

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree