Creative Beeston: Keep it Local
We have a number of excellent local independent stores in Beeston and, as a community newspaper, we want to encourage their use.
So, from time to time we’ll give you a little pen-portrait of a few of them, to remind you – or enlighten you. The first four are just a few metres from each other, in the ‘indie quarter’ on Chilwell Road: easily accessible by public transport or you can park in the pay-and-display areas (free for first hour) next to The Chequers or down by the Methodist church. Alternatively, turn down Imperial Road and look for spaces in the unrestricted areas.
The Guitar Spot
106 Chilwell Road; open 10 am – 4 pm (except Sunday)
Several of our local shops are ‘specialist’ – can you guess what this one specializes in?! Jimmy has a good range of electric and acoustic guitars and is the only Nottingham dealer for Gordon Smith guitars. He is always happy for people to pop in for a chat and to try out a few instruments without obligation. Jimmy also has accessories like strings and cables plus amplifiers and a reasonable choice of ukuleles. In addition, he gives guitar lessons and plays in a local band, so he knows what he’s talking about! He can arrange amp and instrument repair too. Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/The-Guitar-Spot-140096079349571/.
Beeston Bed Centre
57-59 Chilwell Road NG9 1EN – 0115 922 4633
We reckon you could just about furnish and carpet your house from local suppliers and not far from The Guitar Spot you can find a choice of things to sleep on at The Beeston Bed Centre! They have mattresses, bed frames and bedroom furniture all at discount prices. Their website is http://www.beestonbedcentre.co.uk/ where there is plenty of information, including a virtual tour; but obviously for something as personal as a bed you need to try, so why not pop in for a lie down?
55 Chilwell Road NG9 1EN – 0115 925 3606; open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm, (late night Thursdays til 7pm)
Specialist in all things to do with knitting: patterns, needles, buttons, accessories and, of course, the yarn & wool! They’ve been here more than ten years now and sell online from their excellent website – http://www.yarn-in-notts.co.uk/ (check their online shop) as well as to personal callers. Check the website for details of classes and events – for example, you can learn to crochet with Yarn.
Local Not Global
51 Chilwell Road – 07967 224105; open 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday Saturday
Excellent little local deli-cum-cafe with, as the name suggests, lots of products sourced locally, such as honey, beer and sauces. You can find all sorts of bread and pastries and specialties in the way of biscuits, drinks, teas and coffees. Jo serves some of the best coffee, tea and snack-type meals e.g. breakfast and lunch or just afternoon tea/coffee and cake! You can either sit in or take-away. She also does outside catering. Well worth a look in for a nice gift or two!
You can’t beat local for knowledgeable and personal service.