A VARIETY of independent businesses makes for a busy and bustling Market Street in Hindley.
Positioned between two church buildings, St Peter’s and St John’s, the street boasts an interesting mixture of local traders in a picturesque location.
And one of Hindley’s newest endeavours, Ordo Templi, is an interesting addition to the street.
Owners Andrew Anson and Nicola Johnson offer crystals and gifts at their establishment along with a wide range of alternative and spiritual treatments.
Andrew said: “We hold regular meditation sessions, psychic nights and tarot parties as well as paranormal investigation trips.
“We have a large treatment room downstairs where we provide spiritual treatments and one to one sessions.
“We have quite a lot of regulars and are quite busy, there are more local spiritually interested people than you would think.”
When asked why Market Street was of particular interest to the business, Andrew said: “We wanted to contribute something to our local community and avoid Wigan town centre which is already built up.
“We aren’t just in it for the money, we care about the local people and charities which we regularly donate to.”
Across the road, Palace Kitchen has been providing locals with lunch for more than 10 years.
Owner Ann Marie has seen the street change over the years, she said: “The street is still a busy hub for business, but used to be a lot busier when the market was around.
“Although we have lots of regular customers and new people coming in all the time.
“We chose Market Street as my mother had a food establishment on this same street many years ago, and we are all local people.”
Customer Mike Preston who has been visiting the shop every week for years said: “It’s a really friendly shop, they always remember people and what they order, it’s great.”
Urban Hair and Nails has also had a presence on the street for eight years, employing six staff and providing a range of beauty treatments.
Shop manager Shellie Burrows said: “The street is always busy and business is good at the moment.
“We have a large number of regulars, some people come to Hindley from other towns to see us which is fantastic.”