The future and viability of Helston town centre has been debated at a recent council meeting where it was agreed to support the setting up of a Community Interest Company which raises money with all profits going into town projects.
Although there are many issues facing all high streets with the burden of high rents, increasing business rates and car parking charges being felt daily by most local shops, there are many businesses who continue to thrive, and they should be celebrated.
Existing shops and businesses would benefit from additional retailers being added to the mix, but if we want to protect our town centre and create new jobs to breathe new life into Helston, it’s vital we all ‘do our bit’ and shop locally whenever we can.
Buying goods locally enables us to invest directly in our local economy, demonstrates community pride and is good for the planet.
Take a look through the businesses in the Advertiser and discover just how many quality traders can be found right here on our doorstep.
This shop on Coinage Ope offers an ever-expanding selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and chutneys.
Mrs K’s has been open for almost one year and began trading when the owners felt that shoppers were missing buying produce on the high street.
‘Mrs K’ said: “I felt there was no decent place to buy fruit and veg in the local area and after researching decided there was still a gap in the market for something like this.”
The initial range of goods has expanded to now include complimentary cheeses, breads and chutneys from leading local producers and they are always looking for new products to add to the range.
They offer a free home delivery service for people unable to visit the shop. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm and Saturday from 9am until 1pm
Based on Meneage Street, this business is the only outlet for mobile telecommunications in the town and offers independent advice on the various networks, handsets and tariffs available.
Manager Jon Barnes has built up a strong reputation in the town as someone to trust to match customers with the right deal and handset to suit individual needs.
They can search to find you the best deals available on the High Street for mobile phones, contract deals, tariffs & SIM only deals and stock the latest and greatest handsets, offering customers the most diverse and competitive deals on the market. They also now offer more than just phones and can help with broadband, utilites and Sky TV deals.
Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not is a long-established business offering plain and embroidered clothing from their shop on Wendron Street.
Specialising in embroidering and printing logos and designs onto t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, jackets, caps and most other clothing items. You can either bring the artwork or choose from a wide range of in-house designs.
Their products and services are perfect for ensuring businesses present a consistent brand appearance but also find many people come to them looking for inspiration for special personalised gift ideas.
With Flora Day fast approaching, they also stock a range of boy’s white trousers, socks, shirts and plimsolls but you will need to be quick to avoid disappointment.
Sweet Pea Floral Studio
This lovely little shop had a change of ownership last year when manager Lin Turner bought the business and she said: “It has been a busy year and I have spent a lot of time searching for the perfect products to expand our range. We buy a huge number of British flowers and have introduced a new line of bespoke silk flowers and wider choice of unusual potted plants which are proving popular with our customers.”
They also offer bespoke bouquets, decorative gifts, chocolates and cards and are specialist wedding florists, being nominated as a finalist at The Simply Wedding Awards 2017 and the business has featured in a leading wedding magazine.
Future plans include introducing workshops where people can learn how to make their own arrangements and create holly wreaths at Christmas.
This traditional locksmith’s business can be found on Coinage Ope and can assist with everything from key cutting to security lock fittings as well as stocking a large range of personalized gifts, trophies and award related goods.
All trophies come with free engraving which can be applied to a variety of goods and surfaces, including glass.
A growing part of the business are the stylish house name slates which come in a number of sizes and styles, the quality of the range and their engraving has seen them grow to now supply many other retail outlets.
They also have a large range of products which can be personalised by sublimation heat pressing – whether it is your photos and text or their designs – there really is a gift for every occasion.
This is one of the newer additions to the Helston retail district and began as an extension of a hobby by the owners where they enjoyed creating wonderful, painted shabby chic furniture but has now grown to be so much more.
Stepping inside this shop reveals a wonderful treasure trove of unique and beautiful gifts and furnishing ideas for the home, many of which have been created within a few miles of the shop.
You can often find the owner working away creating something new, refurbishing older furniture to give a unique vintage look which helps to make sure that every visit will reveal something new.