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Twickenham High Street and Shopping Update

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“What’s that, Lassie, old girl? There’s a boy? Trapped in the old mine shaft?? And he needs our help???”
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“Ah, I see, you’re saying that irresponsible child can wait a bit but we urgently need another Twickenham High Street Update? I’ve got it now, old girl. Let’s get on with it.”

So there we have it. Despite just a few weeks passing since our last update it’s time for another. Spring is in the air and on the high street. Here’s what’s hot…

After the warm reception and positive reviews given to Ke Sushi on London Road, we’ve now gone and got ourselves a second sushi restaurant in the form of Iso Sushi on York Street. There’s been a distinct lack of recent success in that place – we’re talkin’ the short-lived Din’s Grill and Pizza Rizzo – so here’s hoping for third time lucky with this new business. What with sushi being the new Thai (which was the new Indian, which was the new tripe and onions, etc) it could actually do well.

Sushi you, Sir!

Sushi you, Sir!

On King Street there’s a brand new place selling frozen yogurt. It’s called Yogocrush. Don’t believe us? Well you can bloody well take a look at the photograph then. It’s doesn’t seem that long ago since London Road had two milkshake / ice cream / frozen yogurt places but neither Yummies nor Shhhakes lasted the distance. We reckon that Yogocrush’s King Street location is better for passing trade than London Road so all we need now is a long, hot sunny spell to help get things up and running. Will you be popping in?

Yogocrush, King Street

Yogocrush, King Street

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Twickenham High Street Update – Spring 2014

Well, well, well. It’s been a while since our last High Street Update hasn’t it? But that doesn’t mean it’s been all quiet on the Twickenham front. Far from it, as it happens. Here’s the skinny.

On London Road we’ve finally seen the back of that terrible pink Yummies sign. The short-lived but long-closed experiment in frozen yoghurt has been replaced by Ke Sushi, purveyors of, you’ve guessed it, sushi, to the twickerati – that’s you lot, btw. Although not exactly on Twickenham’s ‘restaurant mile’ – Richmond Road, York Street, Heath Road (and Church Street) – it might actually do quite well especially if it can drum up a decent lunchtime trade. Next door, in what used to be Max Sports, a dry cleaning service has opened going by the name of Bonjour Dry Cleaners. With several other dry cleaners already in town, will Bonjour be a case of “Say hello, wave goodbye”, or could it be more a matter of “Suits you, sir”?

Ke Sushi London Road Twickenham

At the junction of London Road and Whitton Road, what was previously the Kaka takeaway, aka AKA’s, has now become Margherita Pizza. We assume other varieties of pizza are available. Our suggestion for a late night speciality would be a doner kebab pizza with gravy… topped with guinea fowl cooked three ways and served with beetroot paint and a basil gel. Look out for that in the upcoming series of Masterchef. We reckon old Greg Wallace would bloody love tucking into that little lot. We’re not so sure if the glum faced one would be quite so keen though.

Sticking with food, Blah Blah Blah is still closed but it’s now got a sign up saying that the lease is for sale. After stints as Bibi, Heavenly Dish, at least two versions of Karahi Spices and most recently Blah Blah Blah itself, some might be forgiven for thinking that this isn’t the best spot to run a restaurant. So, expect a new eatery to open there very soon.

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Valentine’s Day in Twickenham

Valentines on Church StreetValentine’s Day. What do you think of when you hear those two words? Love? Secret admirers? A romantic evening for two? Or three?? Or perhaps it brings to mind standing in a shop, staring blankly at the rows of greetings cards with a mixture of frustration and irritation at the sense of obligation forced upon you by persons unknown and wondering if the people shuffling around next to you are thinking exactly the same thing. And trying to catch a sly glance at them to help you speculate about what they might be thinking and wondering whether they’re thinking you’re a good soul for getting into the spirit of it all, or whether they know what you’re really thinking. Of course, if truth be told, they’re firmly stuck in their own world – they haven’t noticed you at all. So, you buy your card and you hurry out with that telltale red envelope peeking out from the top of the paper bag.

But there’s more to it than that. Church Street will be getting into the Valentine’s mood with a series of goings on this Friday. There’s a children’s treasure hunt from 4.00pm with goody bags hidden in some of the shops, and there are discounts and offers at the likes of Mint Spa, Complement, Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery, Pincho, Kiss n Make Up and Crusader Travel. The Twickenham Town Business Association website has the full details.

And if it all gets too much for you, Friday is the day that The Eel Pie pub re-opens, so you can check out their extended new look from 6.00pm.

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* TTBA – Valentine’s Goings On

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What Shop For Twickenham?

A slow day for localness

A slow day for localness?

With yet another estate agent arriving in our midst one or two folks on Twitter expressed what can best be described as despair at the prospect. Rather than moan on about having more places trying to sell houses than there are houses to sell, we posed the question as to what type of shop twickerati followers on Twitter would like to see in Twickenham. From a starting point of assuming that such a shop would not be one that sold either houses or the complete (second hand) works of Ben Elton, we can now reveal the responses. It has to be said that some of them are more serious than others and some more viable than others. Why not have your say and add yours in the comments section. It couldn’t hurt… or could it?

Here’s what they said on Twitter:

@ArthursTwick I’d like to see an indie chandlers. Failing that Robert Dyas would do.

@katieheffe Appreciate prob not sustainable but somewhere for basic kitchenware and ‘normal’ children’s clothes

‏@SHResidents To complement Rubens, Laverstoke & Sandys: a good deli of the standard of Camisa in Berwick St or Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh
@nickandjess agreed – a good deli would be brilliant
@YHewett I’m with that. I also want a launderette.

@ProperPieLady pie shop;-)

@MumblyK I still miss Woolies. And I’d like to swap Burger King for a Nando’s.

@ali_aliandsimon An independent book shop & toy shop

@Mumto1plus2 A reasonably priced children’s clothes shop.

@rufusmcdufus Some sort of hardware shop. Not just DIY but useful bits and pieces

@taztaylor Missing a record / cd store since the one on York St closed down… must be 10 years ago.
‏@ninjagray @taztaylor And a Green Shield Stamp shop for old man Taylor #pipeandslippers

@JamesHepworth7 An exotic pet shop!

@kershaw As long as it’s artisan I don’t mind

‏@flashnorthey Not bothered by what they sell but wld be great to be independent. Bored with chains. Just look at @RubensBakehouse #twickshop

@DapperDanHart Honestly? Combined comics and board gaming store.

@thorntog Whole foods

@DrJagz Fortnum’s would be nice. Currently hard to find a good gentleman’s relish.

@samelswood82 An independent of some sort, not a chain

@Theonlygolux A cheesemongers #twickshop

@joy… #twickshop would be nice to have a shop selling fantastic cheese – nearest independent is Richmond Hill. Teddington’s cheesery closed. #yum

‏@clairethorne It has to be a haberdasher. preferably one that’s open evening and weekends #twickshop

‏@justinebower A star wars shop or maybe a timber yard. oh no, wait.

@LandJFlowers How about a new, local, florists??

@tippytaptap A children’s soft play centre selling overpriced coffee would make a killing.

So there you have it. Twickenham has spoken! Now it’s just down to the shopkeepers to deliver.

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Twickenham High Street Update

Another year begins and another Twickenham High Street Update lands on your virtual doormat. You bend down to pick it up with feeling of dread tempered with a hint of mild anticipation. Who’s opened, who’s closed and who, saints preserve us, is going to try their luck with a new cafe?

In December Twickenham bade farewell to Max Sports after many years of loyal service to the town in the provision of sporting equipment. Rather than renew the lease on the shop, Malcolm the owner decided to up sticks and retire to New Zealand. It was a bit of a case of, “So long and thanks for all the trainers!”

Yay, let’s talk kitchens. Again. It’s not that long since Twickenham Designs opened on Heath Road for all your new kitchen requirements. Guess what? We’ve now got a second new kitchen shop on that road. And in this case there’s no need to settle for a crap kitchen when you could get yourself a totally Schmidt one. The Germans name suggests something reassuringly solid and expensive but we’ve no further information on that front – the twickerati HQ’s kettle & dodgy microwave only need a couple of plug sockets and will just have to suffice for another year or two. After all, a Cuppa Soup’s a Cuppa Soup however fancy your kitchen worktop might be.

Your Schmidt, ahhhh.

Your Schmidt, ahhhh.

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It’s time to share your 2013 Twickenham Festive 5s

Christmas display, Corto, Church St.

Christmas display, Corto, Church St.

We’re after your top Christmas tips to help with the 2013 festive season. See them here. Or maybe you want to know more? Then read on… It’s a fact that Christmas always used to be better in the past. Right? Right! Whether it’s the Christmas of one’s own childhood, desperately hoping for a Hot Wheelz set, a My Little Pony, a Tracy Island, a Tinky Winky or some other piece of overrated plastic that you’d soon tire of, or whether it’s reminiscing about times gone by that you never actually experienced but have conflated with some of your own memories, things were just better. We’re talking about the year that it snowed when Great Aunt Agatha took you to Macy’s department store for Christmas dinner with Bob Cratchit, Aled Jones, James Stewart and a cowardly lion. It all happened. Didn’t it?

Similarly, in 100 years’ time, little children will be sitting around their floating eco-homes, next to a hologram fire delighting in family stories about the wonderful days of old: the tale about the magical Christmas of 2013. The sound of increasingly frenzied clicking as great-great-grandma did her last minute shopping on a thing called the internet, the broken keyboard and subsequent descent into hell (or Kingston if that was closer). About how she trudged to the Post Office in the sleet to collect a parcel that the postman had apparently tried to deliver but taken back to the depot – the big reveal being that the whole family were actually at home at the time but reached the door too late for the delivery man, but just in time to see the hastily written “We called but you were out” card settling on the doormat. After all that fun it’s no wonder the “Thank you for the socks” letter was superseded in 2014 by an emoticon of a smiley face that rolls its eyes… but only when you look away.
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