Yesterday I mentioned the beauty of North Parade Avenue, but neglected to say we’d had the pavements and road in turmoil for almost seven weeks – the work was only completed this week. Although the finished result was everyone hoped (even better in some places), the work had an enormous impact on visitors to the street. With constant digging and cable work beside the shop, we were unable to have our door open for much of the time.
Not good financially!
Our store is located in a beautiful part of Oxford, tucked away from the madding crowds between Summertown and St.Giles. This leafy north Oxford street is little known to many – even to many local Oxford people!
But a visit here is worthwhile, not just to see The Town Garden, but a chance to have a browse around the galleries, shops and pubs.
We’ve been told this area was once the market garden area of Oxford, with shops once supplying colleges and the large Victorian homes that populate the locality. There was a fishmonger, a butcher, a florist, and even one of the pubs are called ‘The Gardeners’ – so we’re hoping we’re part of the drive to bring good old fashioned produce stores back to the neighbourhood.