DOWN YOUR WAY - A community atmosphere

Down Your Way 'Hope Street The Galleries.
Down Your Way 'Hope Street The Galleries.
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LOYALTY and traditionalism makes Hope Street at the Galleries a great place to shop and all three business owners featured this week enjoy the community atmosphere.

Country Larder café, managed by Suzi Verhaege, is a hub of laughter on the street. The café, which employs eight individuals, prides itself on providing service with a smile.

Suzi said: “The thing I enjoy about my job the most is meeting all the lovely people, we have a lot of regulars here so we really get to know people well.

“A lady named Jess, who is in her 80s is our most regular customer, she has her own table and comes in every day.

“This part of Wigan is filled with independent and unusual shops owned by local people, which draws people to this area.”

When asked about her most popular product, Suzi said: “Our scones are definitely the most popular, we bake them fresh every day and have a wide range of flavours - date and walnut is the best seller at the moment!”

Glitz, a family run home accessories shop, is situated just a couple of doors down.

The shop won the family business of the year award in 2012 and has recently relocated from the original premises on Hope Street to a bigger plot.

Manager Gaynor Stableford said: “We’ve been on Hope Street for 21 years and I think it’s a fantastic place for business.

“The area is filled with original and family owned shops. Hope Street has a lot of regular customers who prefer to shop in the traditional atmosphere this area offers.

“The thing I enjoy most is making people happy and getting good feedback from them.

“Our most popular product is our made to order flower arrangements that I design myself and I really enjoy it when people see the end product.”

The shop specialises in furniture and gifts and Gaynor says: “There’s always something for everyone.”

Next door sits newly opened Shush clothing and accessory store.

Tracey Brown said: “We’re very busy at the moment and getting some fantastic feedback from customers.

“I think we are popular as we cater for all age groups, we get young teenagers as well as elderly ladies coming into the shop on a regular basis.

“There is a great community atmosphere at Hope Street, the customers have us in stitches every day.”