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“But I can get everything I need at Tesco...........................”

In Bedale we are very lucky as we are surrounded by independent shops, restaurants, takeaways and coffee shops, but how would you feel if all those shops closed down and our high street looked more like this? and they were replaced by one big supermarket?

Well I for one, would be really sad about that, no longer could I sample the delicacies freshly baked by individual bakeries, browse the handmade gifts & art at the local gallery & I couldn’t get a takeaway on a Friday night unless it came in the form of a ready meal that I needed to microwave and where would I go with my friends at the weekend to enjoy a glass of wine and a dance?

So although we all love having our independent shops, hand on heart how many of us actually support them? And by this I mean, actually shop for your meat at the butcher, buy your dog food from the pet shop & eat your dinner at the local pub?

Maybe it’s time we re-think our strategy, yes your local independents may sometimes be slightly more expensive than the big supermarket chains (although not always is that the case!) and yes I’m sure it can, at times be inconvenient going to lots of small shops rather than one big one but, and it’s a big BUT they are right there on your doorstep, opening up every day for you, sourcing out the finest products, from the freshest flowers to the locally produced ingredients to make the perfect scone and they work very hard all hours of the day to make sure that you, the consumer, is treated to something special and a little bit different. Not only that but you don’t need to drive for half an hour to get to them, in fact I bet, you can probably walk to them!

So why not try out your local shops today, you might be surprised by what you find behind the doors................ A friendly face, a welcoming smile and amazing service, because the independent shops know that by you being there & buying in their shop, you are helping them sustain their business so they will go that extra mile just for you.

Let’s keep the high street alive. Walk around Bedale, open the doors to the shops that you walk past everyday and take a look inside, if everyone who reads this blog tries out just one new place this week, it would make a real difference to your high street, so give it a go!

We have some places in Bedale that we would like to recommend you try this week:

The White Rose Hotel (Leeming Bar) recently refurbished and offering delicious food, a quiz night every Tuesday & live music most weekends, you can check out thier events page here

The Bridge Gallery Has just reopened its doors following a refurbishment and is now a modern funky space home to some amazing art & offering a cosy coffee shop environment, serving lunches and yummy cakes too! It’s the perfect place to while away a spare hour or 2 chatting with friends or using the free WIFI. You can print a voucher here to try thier delicious coffee for FREE

The Terrace Bar & Grill in Bedale another recently refurbished establishment in Bedale, offering lunches and dinners along with an extensive wine list. The Terrace also has a quiz night every Thursday with a £50 prize!

Oscar Pet foods deliver pet food direct to your door so you don’t even have to go out for it! With their friendly advice and service, they are your one stop shop for pet all your pet requirments, read all about them here

Gary Clarkes Barbers, Bedale, our friends at The Barbers are offering a voucher here especially to Bedale Online visitors. A trendy modern design with young friendly staff, you can trust them to turn you into a new man (or at least cut your hair just the way you like it!) and they even make the experience fun for little ones by having a special racing car chair, guaranteed to keep the little ones happy!

Look after your local shops and in turn they will be there offering you that little something special for many years to come.

Let us know your thoughts, have you visited the places we recommend? Are you going to support your local businesses more? Do you already shop local? How would you feel if a big supermarket came and everything in Bedale closed down? Have you tried somewhere new in Bedale lately? What would make you shop more locally?

We would love to know your views, get in touch today & look out for more recommendations next week!

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  1. gary

    Fantastic write up I have noticed though that locals are expecting people to use the shops instead of actually trying to get people into them!? I feel good customer service is a must in small towns it's not because of the deals or that they can't compete which is what you mostly hear, I for one would much rather go into a shop that treats people with respect and good manner or even banter which you would not get in most big supermarkets! Small towns have a lot more to offer than bigger more established towns and supermarkets it's called the community as the saying goes. you look after them and they'll look after you 9 times out of 10 because without them the local trades would not survive! We all need to make a tad more effort to try our local shops but in the same breath so do the traders to look after their loyal customers. This should not be offensive to anyone as it's only the truth and should be taken as a positive and not a negative we all could do more and this site proves that! No one should turn down an idea or opinion of others. So if you have an idea let it be heard as it could help some people see things from a different prospective. This site is brilliant keep up the good work well done!

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  2. Sam Chisholm

    Good write up.. I'm all for keeping local but as guilty as the next person for not doing do always . Will try harder !

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