Thursday, 12 May 2011

Best Shopping Street...

Francis Street In Stoneygate Leicester Is Short Listed For Google Best Shopping Street Retailers Ask Shoppers To Go And Vote For Their Local Street

Stoneygate the select shopping area of Leicester has been the place for those extra special gifts that you can't find elsewhere. For years now both Allandale Road and Francis Street have been the destination for many shoppers and visitors to the area.
Now Francis Street has finally been recognised as one of THE places to go in the UK, short listed for Googles Street View for Best UK Shopping Street in their awards supported by The Sun, Vogue and Lonely Planet.
We are hoping that people of Leicester and Leicestershire will go and vote for our local street by following the link HERE.
The Leicester Mercury spoke to a number of the retailers and this is what was reported:
Ricky Gibbs, co-owner of boutique gift shop Nest which has been in Francis Street for about nine years, said: "I'll bet we've been nominated because we're all independent shops, and most traders here source their products from small makers and graduates rather than sell mass-produced stuff.
"We've had a high turnover of shops over the years, but the essence of independence always remains the same."
Lizzie Bates works at Linden Aromatics, which specialises in exclusive brands of aromatherapy and skin care products.
She said: "It's such a friendly place with lovely shops, and that's why people keep coming back."
Powder Blue sells a variety of items including perfume, furniture, jewellery and gifts.
Sarah Anderson, who has worked at the shop for about a year, said: "This area has got everything – cafes, quaint shops, garden shops, hairdressers and some lovely clothes shops.
"We've also got free parking and we're friendly and unhurried – not like the hustle and bustle of the city centre."
If you want to see Leicester standing head and shoulders above other cities in the UK get a vote in now and click HERE