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Work has finally begun upstairs at The Arcade adding another storey to the building plonk in the middle of the Nailsea High Street.
Once Nailsea Members Club it became the RM Bar then the infamous Decades, the town’s only nightclub which closed back in 2015.
The building with its row of shops on the ground floor sold ahead of auction for a guide price of £375,000 in the summer of 2021.
And planning permission was granted to convert the premises into seven one-bed flats in a project property agents Hollis Morgan had estimated could be worth £1.4m.
Three Magnets Planning said it was effectively reviving plans approved in 2017 that had since lapsed.
The car-free scheme was approved by North Somerset Council to help meet its housing shortfall.
YEAR OF THE RABBIT: The Golden Horse usually closes for Chinese New Year but it has been longer this February and worrying signs online that it is 'to let'. However, a staff member was spotted in Nailsea and gave reassuring words it would be back
OPENING SOON: Heard on grapevine that the Clic charity shop at Colliers Walk which closed pre Covid could be reopening soon -.watch this space
SUMMER READING: Well we know the library is moving this summer into the old HSBC unit BUT what we don’t know is will we be without a library for a time when the move takes place? And we have heard rumoured new plans are in the pipeline for the old library
SECRET SHOPPER: Judd Trump MBE an English professional snooker player popped into Tesco Nailsea, on Thursday, February 2, and stopped for an in-house Costa cuppa. The former world champion and world number who is aged 33 was born in Whitchurch. He is widely regarded as one of the sport's most talented players and currently sixth on the list of all-time ranking event winners, with 23 titles. We are told he has also been seen shopping in Waitrose Nailsea
PHOTO: Tom Wilson
Changing face of Nailsea town centre
At Somerset Square M&Co is still trading despite the notice on the shopfront and news that the company has fallen into administration.
The company announced its collapse on December 9 and now needs to find a buyer to avoid disappearing from the high street forever.
All of its 170 shops should be open and running as normal for now, while its administrators Teneo Financial Advisory looks for another company to take over.
We are told the Nailsea shop has enough stock to keep going for a bit and it has displayed 'closing down sale' signs before and it didn't shut, fingers-crossed.
Istabul Barbers said it will open this week in Nailsea High Street - see photos of progress including nice interior shot supplied by owners, update it did!
Golden Horse is closed for what we believe is its annual Chinese new year holiday although one eagle-eyed Nailsea People reader spotted the premises is up for rent on Prime Location along with other town centre businesses!
Coates House is still 'testing' the market and its details appear online.
And the old hairdressers which was being sold 'complete with ghost' as a private home also appears to be back on the market?
Backwell Camera Club has started a rolling exhibition of prints by kind permission of Hunter Leahy, its shop window on Nailsea High Street.
The prints will be changed fortnightly.
Since the window is lit up at night the pictures can be viewed at any time.
If you are interested in photography, then see www.backwellcameraclub.club for more information including programme, meeting details and contact information.
We welcome new landlord and landlady Jess and Wayne at the Ring O'Bells, see details on our Food and DrinK page HERE.
And finally scaffolding has gone up in the High Street on the old Decades nightclub which has planning permission for a third storey apartments...watch this space...
Twice as Pretty
A Nailsea beauty business is twice as nice now as it has two outlets in the town.
The hair salon at 16 Kingshill is called Pretty and the new nail and lashes salon at 47 High Street is called Too Pretty.
The official opening of the High Street salon which has three beauty treatment rooms with a pedicure area and two nail stations is on Friday evening, January 6, with plans afoot for a refurb at Kingshill.
And there will be opportunities to join the teams on a self-employed basis.
To book hair at Pretty go to https://www.fresha.com/a/pretty-hair-nailsea-16-kingshill-ma11gy2l/booking.
To book beauty Too Pretty go to https://www.fresha.com/a/too-pretty-ltd-beauty-nailsea-47-high-street-j0hom82o
SPECIAL OFFER: Filling up with petrol at Tout's? Get a car wash half price in January at Wraxall garage. More info here https://www.touts.co.uk/store/touts-nailsea-5/
The new owner of The Star Inn in Tickenham is introducing gourmet burgers and a takeaway menu.
The pub closed in October 2022 blaming rising energy costs and increasing charges from suppliers.
The historic pub new co-owner, Lorynne Heyns said they hope to launch the a new menu in March to include a takeaway gourmet burgers service.
She said: “We are an extended family who were offered the opportunity to take over the pub and so we are doing everything within our budget.
“We are hoping to establish an upmarket venue as a restaurant and cocktail lounge in the evenings, while keeping a family-friendly venue for weekend outings on the deck.
"We are looking for local staff and we plan to kickstart the venue by launching a takeaway menu with OG Burgers.”
OG Burgers are gourmet takeaway burgers with an American touch, which includes chunky beef or lamb patties with ingredients such as turkey rashers, Monterey jack cheese, sweet chilli jam, pickles and ‘inferno’ sauce.
Lorynne added: “We want to keep it fresh and local and we are changing the focus from being a drinking hole to a restaurant.
“We’ll also have a small cocktail offering and selection of beers and ciders including Asahi beer from Japan.
"The menu for the evening will be a more elegant setting with dishes including lobster, steak and duck on the menu,” she said, adding that the outside deck will be perfect for family outings in summer with lots of room for children to play.
It will be dog-friendly and there are also rooms upstairs which provide accommodation.
Lorynne added that motorhomes in the summer would be welcome to park in their parking area overnight.
She added: “The property has such a lovely ambience, there’s a lot of things we want to do but it will be in stages, we are looking forward to our opening.”
In Tickenham, The Star was famously known for its multi-purpose skittle alley. It boasted a number of championship wins in the Clevedon and Nailsea skittles league.
Plans to demolish the pub and build nine new homes were refused by North Somerset Council last February.
Bristol Airport is inviting expressions of interest from potential partners to take part in a tendering process for airside provision of Food & Beverage services and a Specialist Retail unit.
Bristol Airport is looking for Food & Beverage services to include - but not be limited to - the provision of healthy and fresh drink and food items for both eat-in or take away.
Bristol Airport places significant importance on delivering exceptional customer service and providing a first-class experience and is also inviting tender submissions from potential partners to take part in a tendering process for a Specialist Retail unit at the Airport in any of the fashion, gifting, beauty or toys categories.
Bristol Airport head of commercial Tom Hack said: “We are inviting businesses to tender for the provision of a Food & Beverage Unit and a Specialist Retail Unit in the Departure Lounge.
"The preferred partners will be able to meet the needs and preferences of customers in a relaxed and welcoming environment, showcasing the best of the regional hospitality and retail.
"The potential partners would need to have demonstrable experience of operating in a fast paced and dynamic environment and can meet the needs of customers within this category.
"Bristol Airport serves as the gateway to the south-west and Wales and the potential partners would need to demonstrate high quality food and beverage and retail provision for our passenger demographics, while delivering outstanding customer service to create a ‘wow factor’.”
The procurement timeline will be as follows and suppliers are invited to express an interest and respond to Bristol Airport's Invitation to tender by visiting its dedicated e-tendering site In-tend (https://in-tendhost.co.uk/bristolairport/aspx/Home ).
Tender deadline for best and final submissions is noon on Friday, March 24 with the award being announced on Friday, April 14, with an agreed contract start to be determined.
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Airport shopping at Bristol
New owner new menu at The Star, Tickenham
Such a shame as we love this Turkish cafe, hopefully they will be back even better soon. The Golden Horse still hasn't reopened after Chinese New Year
POSH BURGER BAR: Delivery and takeaway from Monday, February 28, and taking table booking the week after, says OG boss Marcus Norman. More details on delivery here https://ogburgerz.swiftorder.co.uk/collection
COFFEE CORNER: All systems go at our favourite Turkish cafe at Colliers Walk, Nailsea after the hiccup
Street festivals are back on the agenda for Nailsea Town Council.
At a March council meeting Beverly and Sarah Milner Simonds of Eat Festivals talked about bringing the Nailsea Eat Festival back.
There was a huge outcry at the end of 2022 when it was announced the popular street food and drink event in December could be the last.
Bev said: “We had registered to speak to say thank you for all the council support, but then had read recent minutes and saw the council were seeking a festival organiser.
Bev and Sarah explained their decision to pull out of the North Somerset town was because they had achieved what they set out to do, however they also admitted that being unable to secure a commercial sponsor for the Nailsea was a factor to their decision.
Bev said: “When we were asked to work in Nailsea the farmers' market was not performing as desired and there was a shop vacancy rate problem.
"We created a busy destination event for the town and worked alongside the town council to help the market move from Colliers Walks to the High Street and Crown Glass Shopping Centre.
"We then brokered the deal with Somerset Farmers' Markets to take on Nailsea Farmers' Market which has proven to be very successful.
"The shop vacancy rate has reduced and the market continues to thrive.
"We feel that we achieved what was asked of us.”
The meeting was also told the organisers pay more than £1,000 for a licence in North Somerset compared to £35 in some of the other areas they hold festivals in.
The decision by eat:Festivals to leave the town was met with dismay by members of the community and as a result councillors are keen to see the event return.
In a letter to the council in November 2022 Bev and Sarah said pulling out of Nailsea had not been an easy decision to make.
It also said: “The support of North Somerset Council, Nailsea Town Council and the Crown Glass Shopping Centre has been invaluable but the continuing high costs of licensing and road closures means we need to look long and hard at the economics of every festival.
“We are very grateful for your financial support but don't think the event should rely on town council funding and we have been unable to attract a commercial sponsor.
"We are continuing to deliver festivals in (other areas of) North Somerset.
“Councillors expressed their strong desire for the festivals to return and offered us a seat at the working party, which we readily accepted.”
The council working party will look at expanding the monthly farmers’ market, adding more street food and drink opportunities and whether the Christmas community fair could be staged again after a gap of several years.
Even the idea of reviving the Victorian festive fair which was ditched some years ago as costumes were difficult to find and expensive to hire was mooted.
The weather is also an important factor in the planning along with the realms of health & safety red tape, road closure orders and getting sufficient volunteers to help with organising.
It was reported earlier that the Eat Festival on Saturday, December 3, could
be the last one in Nailsea although dates for Clevedon and Portishead 2023 are booked.
An attempt to position stalls in the parking bays along the Tesco end of the High Street on a bus route at the October food and drink event had caused traffic issues.
And if the development of Somerset Square happens later this year then construction work could further hamper space for pitches.
The fantastically successful festival first came to Nailsea in 2019 when the last community Christmas fair was staged.
SHUTTING SHOP: With no date for its final day of trading except that is is closing at Easter the M&Co store at Somerset Square is have a sale - everything most go including fittings and fixtures in the shop. Clothes retailer M&Co is to close all of its 170 stores nationwide this spring, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs
Key-cutting and engraving specialist Timpson is applying to open a new retail pod outside of the Tesco supermarket in Nailsea.
The small, self-contained concession unit will be installed on a spot where there are currently four parking spaces still leaving the store with more than 300 spaces.
Timpson, which provides a range of other services including dry cleaning, photo printing, watch and shoe repairs and phone repairs, is asking for the go-ahead for the timber-clad pod and 10 bollards to protect against ram-raiding from North Somerset Council.
The plans submitted by Andy Horwood, acting on behalf of Timpson, does not include exactly want services this car park pod would offer.
But in a separate application for advertising signs it lists all below adding it will be open seven days a week:
Key Cutting Engraving
It has so far attracted 110 online objections and two supporting comments.
Nailsea People found one of the ‘supporting’ comments is actually against the proposal and the other could not be located.
Most people are worried this could mark the end of Sole & Scroll and affect other town centre businesses.
One resident listed four reasons for planners to refuse the application.
Reduction in car parking spaces near to the entrance;
Design of building looks an eyesore;
Probability of a long-standing existing business losing his livelihood; and
If 3 were to happen, although his premises are small this would be yet another empty shop in Nailsea.
Another said: “We absolutely do not need it, we don't want it and it will put a highly valued member of our community, a sole trader who has been supporting our community for 28 years out of business.”
Trading places in Timpson pod
And on the illuminated sign application a resident who also gave valid planning reasons for refusal said: "Putting an unsightly 'shed' in the middle of a car park is not a suitable addition to the street scene in this part of Nailsea"
UPDATE: Timpson customer services spokesperson Vicky Smith said: "I have discussed further with one of my colleagues who has advised that unfortunately the application was cancelled due the site being of archaeological interest. I can confirm that we are continuing with our searches for a suitable pod within one of the supermarkets."
M&Co is closing on Tuesday, April 11, with the lost of five jobs.
The budget fashion shop went into administration in December 2022 and sadly no buyer could be found.
The Glasgow-based company is closing 170 stores nationwide.
M&Co opened its doors for the first time at Crown Glass Shopping Centre in October 2017.
The Somerset Square store then created 10 new jobs and promised to sell the latest ranges in Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear, including teen, baby and accessories.
It has another shop in Portishead which has suffered the same fate.
The retail unit was previously run for many years by the Store21 chain which went into liquidation in July 2017 and some of its staff were redeployed by M&Co.
Before then the shop was owned by Ethel Austin who went into receivership early in 2012.
New Look staff bid a fond farewell to Nailsea after the Somerset Square store closed on Friday, May 14, 2022.
Nailsea now has no dedicated clothes shop
Next door the former Nat West bank at 21 Somerset Square is for rent at £35,000.00 per annum.
Persistence rumours that a small Marks & Spencer’s food hall will open there have been circulating for many weeks.
Workmen recently finished removing all the banking paraphernalia and converted the interior into a ‘white space’ – see brochure. HERE.
M&S press office failed to respond to an inquiry by Nailsea People.
There are currently seven vacant retail units in Crown Glass Shopping Centre - HERE is its sales brochure..
The nearest M&S Simply Food is at Clevedon garage opposite the council office building Castlewood which was vacated in May.
In January North Somerset Council said its preferred option of demolition and new build will result in a financial benefit of £6.5m over a 10-year period and outperforms other options both in terms of sustainability and placemaking.
The Colliers Walk shop which was briefly Nailsea International Stores has a notice to say 'new retailer coming soon' - we wait with baited breadth to learn what delight will be trading here.
The new library is being fitted out - one wall will be yellow! Opens this summer.
The Christians seem to have temporarily taken over another empty unit in Colliers Walk to publicise the Easter message.
The mobile phone shop is now called The Fone Shop, sorry only just noticed. and the key cutting business at Somerset Square now will have competition as Timpsons (see story below) has planning permission to open a 'pod' in Tesco car park.
The old college site behind the library looks worse than ever and in February the 'prior approval' proposal by Praxis to construct two additional floors on top of existing terrace of commercial buildings and residential flats to create 18 self-contained flats above 7 Clevedon Walk did not find favour with North Somerset
Window shopping at Crown Glass Centre
Council planners but the application form is still displayed in the ground floor window.
The one ray of sunshine on Tuesday, April 4, was the bright plant sale in the centre of the square.
See slideshow below for more images.
NEW PIERCING SHOP COMING: A new piercing and tattoo shop is coming to Nailsea. It replaces the small sweet shop which has been empty for some time. Now Platinum Piercings is hoping to move in shortly to 12a Colliers Walk. Appointments will be taken through Platinum Piercings Facebook page which has a WhatsApp action button but not until the shop is fully open, hopefully towards the end of the month
IN STORE: Nailsea International Store which shut up shop abruptly days before it was due to have its premises licence reviewed for selling alcohol to children in February last year has a notice in the window saying new retailer coming. The former travel agent is at 20 Colliers Walk at Crown Glass Shopping Centre. Update top of page
FINAL HOURS: Nailsea's last clothes shop closed on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, with the loss of five jobs. What's next we ask?
PLANNING APPLICATION WITHDRAWN
SOLE & SCROLL: Nailsea's original cobber and key cutter Shaun North celebrates on Saturday morning with mates the news that a potential competitor has withdrawn its planning application to move into Tesco Nailsea
ANOTHER CHAPTER: In October 2022, North Somerset Council signed a 125-year lease to secure the long-term future of Nailsea Library and keep the facility in the town centre. The library will be relocated to 6-8 Colliers Walk, previously occupied by HSBC bank. Contractors are onsite now fitting out the shelves for books and computers making space for quiet areas.
The yellow wall has already been painted. The library will be ready to move into this summer. What will happen to the old library in its iconic 1960s building is unclear at this time but a new planning application is expected for the whole area
TURKISH DELIGHTS: With a good rating from the food and hygiene inspector Nailsea's Coffee Corner was busy on Saturday morning with specialist delights being cooked and sold outside on its pavement area. To see more market day photos go to the slideshow in our gallery HERE
Collectables are objects which are worth collecting because they are beautiful or may become valuable.
Some people collect stamps, others Dinky toys while a popular choice for pottery fans is Clarence Cliff ceramics.
Old, new, retro and/or nostalgic the Steel family of Nailsea are turning their passion for collecting into a business by opening a store at Crown Glass shopping centre.
We imagine Nailsea glass will make a showing on the shelves!
James and Nina Steel will be opening Quality Collectables this July at 20 Colliers Walk.
Formerly a travel agent and then trading as Nailsea International Store this is a welcome rebirth of an empty retail unit.
While former councillor and the backbone of community help during the pandemic James will not be giving up his day job as director of Hews Recruitment which is also based on the town centre.Helped at times by one of the couples four children James will be finding the stock with Nina designing and leading the shop.
James said: “People who took part in the community group quiz held during lockdown have already had a sneak peek at some of our collectables which were the backdrop to the quiz.
“We love collecting historic, nostalgic and stylish items and can’t wait to offer some one-off items to others in Nailsea.
“Our aim is to stock products that create unique talking points, give you a blast from your childhood, provide an insight into history and of course a bit of style also.
“See you in July.”
Um, may just dust off my collection of tin badges and girls’ annuals.
A collective idea by Steel family
Nailsea's newest shop to open
Jojo Aesthetics & Platinum Piercings
12A Colliers Walk
Most of you will know Kirsten from Mark’d With Ink but her brother Paul is new to working in Nailsea
The pair have set up a partnership at Colliers Walk to offer body-beautifying treatments.
Kirsentsaid: "We have both lived in Nailsea on and off for more than 25years, so familiar local faces for anyone that would like an aesthetics treatment or a body,facial or dermal piercing.
"To celebrate us getting our own shop, we will be offering 10 per cent off ALL treatments for any bookings made before the end of May.
"We can’t wait to meet you, any questions please just pop in or contact us on mobile numbers below."
Aesthetics 07938 610343
Piercings 07759 981986
Stock worth nearly £1m is going into the sale of the century when Ochards the furniture people shut its Nailsea shop this month.
The family-run town centre store has been in business for more than 50 years selling traditional and contemporary furniture.
But now boss Robin Orchard has decided it is time for him to retire.
The sale at the Somerset Square shop will open to the public 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 and 11am-4pm on Sunday, May 14.
However, some valued customers have been sent a pre-sale invitation for a private sale two days beforehand.
The shop is currently closed as the massive price reduction tickets are prepared for the sale which will include suites, sofas, chairs, dining sets, wall units, sideboards, beds, wardrobes, coffee tables, pictures, mirrors, lamps, ornaments and gift sets.
Warehouse stock and new factory orders will be offered at massive price reductions.
Robin said on the pre-sale invitation: “Everything must go.”
Orchards is the second large store to close at Crown Glass Shopping Centre in recent weeks although some smaller independent businesses have opened or are poised to open.
Details of the new fish shop opening in Station Road is on our food and drink page HERE.
last day Saturday,May 27
Quality Collectables will be opening its doors at Colliers Walk for the first time on Thursday, July 13, at 9.15am. Normal opening days will be Thursday and Friday 9.15am-6pm and on Farmers' Market Saturdays. Although not open Monday to Wednesday customers will be able to book a visit on those days via the website www.qualitycollectables.co.uk.
Collectable shop opening
SHOPPING CENTRAL: Something is happening in Somerset Square (besides the library move) as the Dowry maintenance sheeting has expanded past the old NatWest bank premises to cover what was MandCo. This should get the rumours started again as M&S press office didn't answer our email about whether they were moving in. Shaun at the key kiosk didn't know either but said people keep asking him. We have been told by a very reputable source this week: ‘I am a regular at Impero in Portishead who said they are moving to Nailsea in September 2023. Could it be M&Co site?’ The 'new retailer coming soon' board has appeared in the former artificial flower shop at Crown Glass Place and opposite excited about the collectible antique-type shop opening at Colliers Walk which promises to have Nailsea glass among its opening stock - see photos of Nailsea glass in the red telephone box in High Street
GUESS WHO IS CALLING? The Phone Guys are opening a new shop in Nailsea. The store will be between the Turkish Coffee Corner and Joi unisex hairdressers at Colliers Walk in the unit briefly occupied by the vape shop. They already have shops in Weston and Burnham. Plan is to open at the end of July at same time the new library opens and before the Impero Lounge arrives but probably when the new fish shop lands at Station Road. And we have Quality Collectibles coming too. More later…photo when Colliers Walk had a chemist and Burchills...
ONE IN, ONE OUT: Sense is opening a new charity shop in Nailsea. It is currently advertising jobs here https://jobs.sense.org.uk/find-a-job/. We are told they will takeover the old shoe shop attached to Waitrose store. Sense supports everyone who is deafblind or has complex disabilities. They believe everyone should be able to take part in life, no matter their disability. However, we are also told that the Young Lives vs Cancer charity shop at Colliers Walk which has been closed for some time will not be reopening
NEW FISH SHOP: The Conscious Food Company is opening its new Nailsea fish shop at 9am on Wednesday, July 12, in the old betting shop on Station Road next door to Aaron's Pets. The company will continue to supply its wholesale restaurant business but now will be able to serve more people with the very best of Brixham seafood. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Photo: Mark Sanders, of Brixham