Healthy outlook for our high streets as traders relish retail return
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It’s time to rediscover your local high street and hit the shops, cafes and businesses whose owners are delighted to be reopening their doors to safely welcome customers back.
There is a whole host of independent businesses in East Devon and, as lockdown restrictions are eased, there is no better time to rediscover the independent shops in your high street.
When you visit an independent shop in East Devon you’re not only getting a unique and personalised service and product; you’re also supporting the area’s economy and the livelihoods of local retailers.
Looking after our health has been vital during the Covid-19 pandemic, and there are many businesses on our high streets who are now open and ready to support customers looking for a wellbeing boost.
Across East Devon high streets, there are hair, nail and beauty salons which have reopened for business. Discover Melanie Brown’s in Axminser, House of Hair and Beauty in Honiton, Salon 27 in Seaton, Flix Hair Design in Colyton and many more for your hair, nail and beauty needs. If you’re looking for full-body treatments, Pebble-Moon Holistic Wellbeing Centre in Seaton offers a variety of wellbeing treatments including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy and more.
There are a number of health food shops across the district, including Natural Worx CIC - a social enterprise in the heart of Seaton which puts people and the planet first. They offer plastic-free shopping, as well as a community kitchen and a partnership with the SAVE Food Hub to help reduce food waste.
During lockdown we learnt how important technology is for keeping us in touch with our friends, family and colleagues. Axminster’s Lawson Computer Repair based in the recently renovated Trinity House, alongside the Waffle community cafe, provide a wide variety of computer repair, support and tuition services to home users and businesses to help people stay connected.
With lockdown restrictions continuing to ease, you may be heading back to the gym, or perhaps you took up a new hobby during the restrictions. If cycling is your thing, head to Cyclelife in Seaton, Cycle in Honiton or Soanes Cycles in Colyton, and pop to the Honiton Sports Shop for a range of sporting goods and services.
Wherever you are headed, grab your mask and hand sanitiser and remember to maintain social distancing when rediscovering your local high street.
East Devon District Council received an allocation of £130,992 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 to support the StayLocalShopSafe campaign and the safe reopening of High Streets and town centres. Visit eastdevon.gov.uk/staylocalshopsafe