ShoesieQ was wandering round Cambridge one Sunday last month when she was struck by the fact that although the city was mobbed with shoppers, relatively few seemed to make it to Green Street, where (one of) her ladies shoe shop can be found.
Now to be honest this wasn’t the first time she’d spotted this. Nor indeed was it the first time that she asked herself why on earth more people didn’t pop down and have a mooch at Green Street. Cos it’s certainly not cos it’s lacking in great place to eat and shop. In fact, and if she says so herself, Green Street is blessed with some of the best stores in town. For example, in the last 6 months, we’ve gained not one but two brilliant Interiors shops in Susie Watson Designs and Catesby’s. Open Air Outdoor shop is a Cambridge institution, not to mention the multi award winning Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. We have 4 shoe shops in the Street, 2 Hairdressers and great clothes shops in the form of Oska, White Stuff and Jigsaw.
There’s even an amazing hat and cap shop in Lairds – a year ago they opened their first store outside London here.
And once you’ve finished shopping we have some great places to eat and snack in Bill’s, Harriets Café and Tearooms, Bangkok City and the delicious Chill Frozen Yogurt.
But this is where the story takes a twist. Cos rather than just shake her head in bewilderment, this time ShoesieQ decided that Something Must Be Done.
So the very next day she visited all 18 businesses in the street to see if they were up for working together to promote Green Street. And, dear reader, Every Single One of Them was indeed Up For It :)
To cut a long story short we decided to kick things off by holding a day long event on January 7th called “Discover Green Street”. There’ll be things to do from breakfast to bedtime as many of the shops and restaurants will be open late.
So in case you’re in or about Cambridge tomorrow here’s a list of what’s on offer:
Bills: 20% off retail food sales
Harriet Kelsall Jewellery: 10% off all SALE items,spend over £100 & get free silver earrings
Harriets Café: 25% off afternoon teas, all accompanied by pianist
Sundaes Bedtime Wonderland: Enjoy a cup of jasmine tea while trying on their wonderful felt and sheepskin slippers. And if you’re a size 7 you’ll get a special gift on the day
Buy a waffle special and get a free hot drink at Chill
25% off for all new clients at Directors
10% off plus free fizz after 5 at ShoesieQ’s shop Modish
Susie Watson Designs: 10% off non-sale items (excluding fabrics and throws) plus free consulations on creating your own mood board
Free glass of wine with a la carte meals at Bangkok City
Free refreshments at Jigsaw
Oska will be serving drinks and a free goodie bag with purchases (they have a half price sale at the mo)
But if you can’t make it we’ve also launched a twitter account @DiscoverGreenSt, so why not follow us to be first to know what we’re all getting up to?