A growing and thriving independent shops community – Welcome to Arbery Arcade, Wantage
"…when deciding to open our first shop, Wantage was the obvious location for us."
One of the key strengths and attractions of Wantage town centre is our great group of independent shops. And one of the biggest changes since our town team project started . . .
"Awesome", "Amazing", "Wonderful" - what customers are saying about the independent businesses recognised in our 2017 Local Business Awards
"…to win an award voted by our customers, is just such a great feeling"
Just how much the people of Wantage, Grove and neighbouring villages think of their local independent businesses is really clear from the comments sent . . .
Filling empty shops? Why it can take time.
"Shops closing by the week. What is being done to stop Wantage being turned into a ghost town?" So said a tweet sent in . . .
'Then and Now' Images of Wantage shops spark many memories
Memories of Wantage shops, their owners and staff, and what they sold have been sparked by a collection of photographs being displayed at . . .
A little science with your coffee . . .
'Fusion power', 'The 100,000 Genome Project', 'Advances in Eye Surgery', 'The geology of Wantage' . . . just some of the themes for our town team Cafe Scientifique monthly free talks series, and a sense of the very strong and wide-ranging science, technology and engineering expertise among business and organisations around our town . . .
From the Charlton Spring Festival, through Ray's Carnival to the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival and Dickensian Evening in December, it's a varied and vibrant programme and central to it is the five-week Wantage Summer Festival.
It's a now regular and popular fixture in the cultural calendar . . .
Up and about early, and in all weathers throughout the year, bringing us lovely fresh produce including fruit & veg, bread & cakes, fish, flowers, eggs, meat and more. We love our regular market traders and the Farmers market folk who join us once a month.
Wantage has a long history of market trading . . .
Where in Wantage and Grove can you get a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on breakfasts? Which businesses offer 10% off? On books, toys, lunch or unique furniture? Did you know you can get free stuff from social media audits to oven cleans, and specs cleaning packs to Reiki sessions? How can you get a wide variety of offers on all sorts of goods and services when you shop locally?
The answer to all these questions and more are in . . .
When our town team project started, Wantage town centre had 23 empty units – that's around 12.5% of the total. And although that was not far off the national average it was high for a south east market town, and was impacting heavily on the look of the town centre and on morale. Mill Street had nine of those empties and – although it was home to salons, and financial businesses and takeaways – it had no shops!
Working with landlords and agents to overcome . . .
POSTED ON 09 March 2017
Today, 15 Mill Street, Wantage is home to The Mix - a popular community space hosting a wide range of events, workshops and local group meetings as well as a number of business people who use it as a hot-desking facility.
When our town team project started, the building was very different . . .
Looking for a gift, or something for the house or somewhere to eat or stay. How often is the next phrase we hear "Google it!"?
For businesses this is now a vitally important message, and its one Wantage Town Team has responded to with a pioneering initiative . . .
POSTED ON 1st February 2017