Support Our Local High Street.
written and photographed by Kathryn Courtney.
Luigi's Barber Shop.
Luigi Armato has been running his business, 'Luigi's Barber Shop' in Shirehampton's High Street for just over six years.
Luigi originally trained as a women's hairdresser and a barber.
It took four years to train with three years doing women's hair dressing and then a year barbering. I prefer to be a barber and originally set up my business in Clifton village. I stayed there for three years before I decided to sell up and move to Shirehampton. It's been an excellent few years here. Business went a bit quiet when The Original Factory Shop closed but it has picked up again since B&M Express opened.
I like the social aspect of being a barber. Chatting with our customers on whatever subject is popular at the time. We talk about work, hobbies, interests for example. If the customer wants a change of hairstyle then there are hundreds to choose from. The trends keep changing and we keep up with the fashion so everyone looks modern. If someone is unsure what they want then we can advise on haircuts but in the end its down to the customer what he wants. It's very much a customer orientated barber shop.
We do student discounts and OAP rates for our customers. We can do babies haircuts but our age range is varied from young children to our older senior citizens. There are a lot of father's and son's haircuts too. I just hope our customers enjoy their time with us, like our attitude and approach to barbering. We like to welcome our customers anytime.
When asking his thoughts about the High Street Luigi said.
We have the Co‐op, that is always going to bring in customers but with B&M Express and the High Street Market, that should bring in more customers and increase footfall for the area. Of course the High Street is a bit up and down at times but hopefully things will turn around for the better in the future for Shire.
You can find Luigi's Barber Shop at 60 High Street, Shirehampton. Opening times Monday to Friday 8am ‐ 5pm and Saturday 7.30am ‐ 3pm. You can call: 0117 2440094 for Further information.
Many High Streets are struggling and trying to attract people to shop locally has been a challenge. However if we want our High Street to remain we need variety and try to shop local.
'Beau's Bouquets' in our High Street has filled a gap that was left by our former Florist Shop due to retirement.
Amy has been a florist for over a year. She opened Beau's Bouquets at the Butcher's Yard in the High Street just after Valentine's Day this year. Although her pop up shop is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am ‐ 2pm, Amy works six days a week, making bouquets, doing flower arrangements for every occasion and delivering them to loved ones.
It was a hobby to begin with. I think it chose me rather than the other way round. Last year I struggled with my mental health and to help me recover my mum booked me into a flower arranging course. From there I started posting my arrangements online and had people asking if they could buy them. With encouragement from a friend I set up a facebook page and then later, a web site. After that I got busier.
I originally wanted to find a job as a florist in a shop but after six months I didn't get anywhere. Paul Wood suggested to open up a pop up shop in the Butcher's Yard and since then things have been going really well for me.
I said to Amy that she would be an inspiration for others, but she was rather humble about that comment saying
It's really nice to hear that.
I am a florist, a floral designer. I really love working with flowers, colours, smells and the things you can create with flowers. I have my own kind of style and like to make sure people get something that is personal to them for any occasion. I offer a free consultation to potential customers to discuss what they want whether for weddings, birthdays, funerals or just to send as a thank you. I also provide fresh flowers in my pop up shop during the week and have a limited selection of plants, such as herbs, edible items and indoor plants on offer. I hope my flowers make people happy and want to thank everyone who has supported me the past year and also my customers.
You can find Beau's Bouquets at The Butcher's Yard in Shirehampton High Street, or Facebook, also www.beausbouquets.co.uk or call 07854 281706 for further information.