So there you have it, an ice cream shop, or perhaps parlour is the right word.
So that is a fishmonger, sweetshop and ice cream shop in the last couple of weeks that I know of, all good news.
What worries me though is the demise of non food real shops, the long and arduous business of checking the prices of all 25,000 books in my bookshop and making sure they are cheaper than the prices of books for sale on the internet is taking its toll.
Whether this approach will work remains to be seen, the key problem though is once you have got your food shopping, had your hair cut, nails painted and eaten and drunk as much as they want, what will tyou do in our towns.
Clothes shopping at Westwood Cross seems to holding up fairly well, but I don’t enjoy clothes shopping. Finding a book in Waterstones and buying it much cheaper on the internet, or as happened last time, finding that most of the art books I wanted to look at in Waterstones were wrapped up so I couldn’t look inside, well it doesn’t really provide the satisfaction I want. Hopefully after another few weeks of this, if you buy a book from me and some smart aleck/alec tells you that you could have got it cheaper online, you will have the last laugh.