I like to try and keep on top of new businesses in and around Marple.
The Marple Festival is coming up later this month with a fabulous programme of events.
The long awaited Purple Pakora has opened opposite the station on Brabyn's Brow. There's an excellent review of it here on the Mellor View blog. I say excellent, because I believe it to be fair and thorough. It's not just saying nice things for the sake of it.
I was sad to see the Urban Gypsy cafe and deli close before we'd even had chance to visit. It was in an awkward location on the main road and has launched into a tough local market. I've been delighted to sample both local delis in recent weeks, but that's because I've been out and about in Marple and they are easy to pop in and use. Toast has consolidated by moving the wine business into the deli on Derby Way, which I'm sure is a sensible business move, but it leaves another shop vacant on Market Street. All Things Nice always seems busy at the weekends and has had rave reviews for the supper nights.
It's as well to celebrate the success of the businesses that are also surviving. It is incredibly tough out there at the moment, so do try and support these local businesses. And at a time when the sense of community and local enterprise is under such threat, it is as well to remember that you need to appreciate what you have on your doorstep until it is too late.