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Trading Places AT THE FIVE & DIME

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Kirkdalers now have a local vintage emporium full of lovely things to pop in to. Tantalising changing window displays have kept locals intrigued whilst the interiors were being sorted during recent weeks, but now the doors are flung open. From clothing to curios, furniture to fabrics and haberdashery to hoes (for the garden, dears) Mabel’s Five & Dime have now launched their brand new shop. Previously in West Norwood, the new space opened in the middle of June. It’s jam-packed with stuff so go find some treasures. You’ll be able to give Mabel, the shop dog, a little tummy rub too.

Photo by James Balston

Mabel’s Five & Dime 100 Kirkdale SE26 4BG Thursday & Friday 10.30am-3.30pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm MabelsFiveandDime @Mabels5anddime

HOLLYBUSH HANDOVER

RUMOUR HAS IT

It’s a mill that never stops in SE19 but there are signs that, yes, Westow Street will soon be home to a Dog Grooming parlour (and let’s face it, our vast green spaces here in South London are very appealing to lovers of man’s best friend). The ‘will they-won’t they’ question of M&S opening up at least a food hall has not gone away (contained within the new Victory Place development) but it’s great news to Team Transmitter’s ears that that beauty & pharmacy chain that begins with S, is not a done deal. We have our fantastic Sefgrove Chemist (see page 8) for all our prescription, baby, cosmetic and beauty needs so no need all you big high street chains to move in & make our retail community just like every other retail community in the country. And here’s a little extra Transmitter shout out here to support your indies: use them or lose them people. 6

There can’t be many Crystal Palace residents who haven’t popped into Hollybush Stores one Saturday morning to buy that vital extra tin of eggshell, pack of Rawlplugs or swiss roll baking tin to aid them in their weekend task. But it came as a shock to find out that the hardware store has been there for nearly 30 years, serving the community’s household needs. But now Raj and Daxita Patel, owners of the business since the late 80s, have handed over the keys to someone new and their shopkeeping days have come to an end. Whatever the customer required, Raj knew just where to find it and could direct you to the relevant shelf with impressive accuracy. And it never mattered how big or small your purchase, he was always happy to answer questions, pass on advice or make a suggestion as to how the job in hand might be less arduous. Both he and Daxita will be missed. New owner of the business is Pritash Patel who we all know from the Post Office and health food shop Planta. He promises that although the interior will have a spruce-up and a bit of streamlining, the usual products we’re used to will stay for the foreseeable future. And no, the name ain’t gonna change. An improved shopfront will highlight the huge range of household items the shop sells and if there’s anything you’d particularly like to see on the shelves, pop in and let Pritash know. Hollybush Stores 24-28 Westow Street SE19 3AH

The Transmitter Issue 40  

A South London Magazine

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