An interesting post from Bude Locals on Instagram, which asked people what shops they would like to see in Bude (no chains).
They had 29 responses. One person asked for a general repair shop, where locals can offer their services for a donation and teach others, too. A bit like the men in sheds. The perfect way to involve locals and give an opportunity to help others. Obviously, we now have the repair cafe at Neetside once a month which fits the bill. Ethical and plastic-free were popular options, which is on the way with Refill Bude.
A few mentioned a greengrocery, with proper (mostly) local fruit and veg. No plastic wrapping and paper bags. I must admit I do love a greengrocer’s. Bude Artisan Food Market mentioned that every Saturday throughout the year there is a local organic veg grower from 10 – 2 at the Central Methodist Church Hall, which is great but obviously limited. We are also now missing a fishmonger, though there is a good one at Widemouth.
To ring the changes, someone requested an over 25s late night bar, while someone asked for a baking shop that sells all different colour icing, food dye, ribbons, decorations, cutters, cake trays, etc., to save buying online.
A clothes/shoe shop for kids was mentioned, though I think these have been tried before. As ever, I am less bothered about shops than culture/arts – films, theatre, exhibitions, talks, etc. So for me, it is an art centre. Thanks to Bude Locals for opening up the discussion.