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What's new on the High Street?
Greens the sandwich bar and deli at Colliers Walk is up for sale.
It opened in October 2019 and sells the best vegan rolls in Nailsea.
Hopefully it will find a buyer soon and not add to the row of empty shops at Crown Glass Shopping Centre.
Owner Dean Sandy has tried - he changed the hours, toyed with changing the name, swapped the menu around, struggled finding Saturday staff and then there was Covid and lockdown 1, 2 and 3.
He said: "It’s time for me to concentrate on other things, and I would love to hand this over to someone that can really unleash its potential.
"The price is very fair for what the business is.
"I’ve been toying with a few ideas but I just don’t have the time to follow them through sadly.
"Serious enquiries, drop a message on Facebook for more information on price and lease details."
His other business at Café 119 in Station Road is going great and is becoming more and more popular.
LOST AND FOUND: Nailsea Home Additions house clearance crew led by Alan Goddard and his son Geraint found an expensive Rolex watch while out on a job and handed it back to the owner. The watch is valued at many thousands of pounds and is coming under the auctioneer's hammer at Clevedon Salerooms on Thursday, November 25. Can't help but wonder if it was found down the back of a sofa? We will watch online with interest how much the bidding reaches. To follow go to https://www.clevedonsalerooms.com/upcoming-auctions/.
Nailsea High Street November market
Nailsea Farmers Market this Saturday, November 20, 9am-1pm in the High Street
Organiser Louise Hall said: "We are so excited to be back in town this weekend, transforming the High Street into one of the biggest farmers markets around with food, drink and makers,
"This weekend we welcome Modern Industrial Design, this is bespoke pieces from the showroom of John and Karen Osborne based in Portishead.
"Also The Drinks Kitchen who create non-alcoholic drinks -for the designated drivers!
"It not too early to start sourcing Christmas gifts such as festive packs of preserves, cheeses or beers always a useful and popular gift to receive.
"Also, when in Nailsea do make a point of popping in to the wonderful Simply Green zero waste shop http://www.simplygreenzerowaste.co.uk/ for a huge range of essential items with no added plastic packaging,
"We are also welcoming several community groups on Saturday, look out for stalls with information about Home-Start UK which supports families with young children experiencing challenging times, Nailsea Lions Club with its Christmas draw and learn about the work going on at Nailsea Tithe Barn."
FOOD, DRINK AND FORAGING
Bath Soft Cheese - award-winning range including Bath Blue and Wyfe of Bath
Barleywood Organic Vegetables - a bountiful range from the Walled Garden at Wrington
Bristol Fungarium - cultivated gourmet and medicinal mushrooms
Cesar Coffee- roasted by Cesar from his native Columbia, bags of coffee or hot on the day
Chew Valley Gin - best new distillery of 2021
Demilles Botanicals - plant based soaps
Glastonbury Ferment - gut-friendly ferment foods
Go Wild Preserves - exciting range of preserves with amazing flavour combinations
Hall & Lench - free range eggs & veg plants
- Incredible Brewing Company - Bristol based micro brewery
Janes Flower Pots - seasonal pots and plants and hanging baskets
Leafy Greens Micro Farm - highly nutricious micro salads, vegetables & herbs
Nailsea Cider - cider makers creating traditional craft cider with fruit from local apple orchards
Nailsea Country Markets - locally produced baked goods and preserves
Nut Tree Farm - Goat farm selling milk & meat handmade soaps, quiches & lamb meat
Nutts Scotch Eggs & Pies - award winning savoury range
Oven to You - exquisite, sweet tarts in a huge range of flavours
- Real Pork - outdoor reared pigs producing flavoursome pork, bacon, sausages and hams
Robert Hawker Venison - best venison around from carefully managed local estates
Rooms the Confectioner - handmade fudges, cinder toffee, marshmallow and more
Somerset Charcuterie - full range of locally produced charcuterie
Somerset Cheese Company - award winning cheeses from buffalo, sheep, goat and cows milk
The Great Cake Company - gluten free cakes and tray bakes plus dairy free options
The Sausage Shed - huge range of sausages using local high welfare pork
Timmy's Chilli - jellies and marmalades with a chilli kick
Times Past Cheese Dairy - a huge range of flavoured Cheddars
Wesley Cottage Bees - master beekeeper Lyn Ingram with her honey & honey related items
Whitegate - apple juice plus cider, pear juice and apple cider vinegar
Whites of Wick - Aberdeen Angus beef
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Clevedon Bag Company
Granny Bear Crafts
Little Craft Company
Modern Industrial Furniture
Yeti cards and gifts
Home-Start UK which supports families with young children experiencing challenging times
Nailsea Lions Club with its Christmas draw
Nailsea Tithe Barn
For more information visit www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk.
A slideshow of photographs from the October market is in the Gallery HERE.
Nailsea's new store manager
Tesco Nailsea has a new store manager.
Paul Holloway - not to be confused with celebrity master baker Paul Hollywood - took over from Jon Weed.
After five years in charge of Tesco Nailsea Jon moved to a bigger store at Golden Hill, Bristol at the end of October.
Paul who went to school in the Rhondda, south Wales, comes to Nailsea from a Gloucestershire Tesco.
He has been with the supermarket chain for 30 years.
He has a very low profile on social media so apart from customer services saying 'he is a very nice man' that's all we can tell you for now!
Since it opened in 2007 Tesco Nailsea has had five maybe six store managers – can you name them?
Wendy Derrick believes the store opened in 2002 and has had 11 store managers.
She said: "I started when it opened but thinking about it two of the 11 where only covering in the short term, while another store manager was found."
Wow that's a turn around...the 2007 date was suppied by Tesco!
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Eat your greens and help business
The owners of a long-standing North Somerset grocers have put out an impassioned plea to the community - use us or lose us.
Bosses at S&R Burchills say post-pandemic they have seen a 50 per cent drop in the number of customers coming into the shop at Colliers Walk.
Although some customers continue to use the online ordering and delivery service set up during lockdown, it is not making up the numbers seen pre-covid.
The shop opened in Nailsea in 1991 in a High Street lockup and is one of only two grocers left in the town.
The other Ashley Olsen, at Silver Street, which was up for sale.
The drop in the number of people coming into Nailsea is thought to be mainly due to the pandemic as people choose to shop online rather than venturing out and mixing with others.
This has been especially noticably during the recent surge in Covid cases.
Shop manager Debbie Reeves said: “Since the start of the pandemic, and over the past couple of years, we have noticed the way people shop has changed dramatically.
“More and more people are choosing to shop online, for safety and convenience.
“Even within our line of business, when we started here in Nailsea in 1991 there were five different greengrocers, all family-run, with their own customer base.
“Now there are two of us left.
“We have noticed around a 50 per cent drop in customers physically entering our shop, and while our online business has grown to some degree, not to the extent of the other 50 per cent.”
Burchills ran a successful online ordering and delivery service during the pandemic to ensure customers could get their supplies.
Mrs Reeves added: “We have been here throughout the pandemic and provided fruit and veg deliveries when it was needed the most
“We are still offering our online delivery service five days a week, with free next day delivery on a spend over £15.”
The store also supports local suppliers, stocking a variety of locally produced goods from chocolate made in Nailsea, apple juice from Tickenham, eggs from West Harptree, milk and cream from the Chew Valley and cheese from Lye Cross Farm in Redhill.
It also sources vegetables from local growers and goes to the market every day to pick supplies.
Mrs Reeves said the store wanted to continue to trade in Nailsea but needed the support of the local community.
“Our hope is to remain in Nailsea for another 30 plus years but we need peoples’ support to achieve this goal," she said.
“ The high street in general is in a ‘use us or lose us’ stage right now but we can turn things around together.”
Nailsea has already seen a number of closures in recent years, including of all its banks apart from Lloyds.
The former New Look store also remains vacant in the town centre and there are a number of empty shops in Colliers Walk.
The Crown Glass Shopping Centre retailer recently took part in the month-long Fiver Fest in an attempt to boost sales - this was deemed a great success by the businesses that took part.
Helping businesses to bounce back
Local businesses in North Somerset are being urged to take advantage of a free business support package.
One hundred and fifty businesses will have access to a mix of one-to-one support sessions with expert advisers, group support sessions with other local business leaders, and be signposted to a range of online resources and information hubs.
Key business challenges to be addressed include:
staff recruitment and retention
attracting new and repeat business via marketing and digitalisation
business planning for resilience and long-term benefit
attracting new markets via enhanced sustainability and accessibility credentials.
The Welcome Back North Somerset initiative is designed to help independent businesses in high street/town centre and seafront locations across the area bounce back from the challenges of the pandemic and national lockdowns.
The project is supported by the Welcome Back Fund financed by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
With Welcome Back funding North Somerset Council has commissioned Tomorrow’s Tourism to deliver the business support package and is urging local business owners to sign up.
North Somerset Council executive member for placemaking and economy
Mark Canniford is the Liberal Democrat ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Hillside.
He said: "We are delighted to support this project and urge local businesses to register their interest and benefit from solutions to raise sales revenue, attract new customers and markets and drive your business further.
"As a business owner myself I see this as incredibly helpful support at such a challenging time.
"There is nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking advantage of this free offer today.”
Businesses can register their interest and find out more about how to get involved at https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/ErB8MQ.
STAR LEGAL: Once the home of Hunters estate agents this office had been empty for a while. Now it is managed by solicitors Peter Murray and Dean Roach. Moving across the road from their former premises they have practiced in Nailsea for many years Peter in the context of commercial property work and Dean as a specialist in family law. They are able to provide a range of legal services for individuals which includes, probate and wills, lasting power of attorney, divorce, family and litigation. And they have experts who can assist with all aspects of residential property including sale, purchase and transfer of equity. More online HERE