Whatever other problems our changing lifestyles are posing, the signs of hope for the health of Wanstead High Street are still strong.
Two new ventures, both run by women, have opened this week, just a few days after the new wine specialist Daygustation.
Bridal Reloved Wanstead has opened in Cuckfield House, behind the Cuckfield pub. Owner Debbie Clifford writes: “We are a multi award-winning national franchise specialising in designer sample and pre-loved wedding dresses, which are much more eco friendly and affordable than having one custom made.”
The shop is open briefly before lockdown starts, but during lockdown will be doing virtual appointments. Its website is www.bridalreloved.co.uk, and it is on Facebook and Instagram as @bridalrelovedwanstead.
Nearby, a dog grooming parlour has opened in the Heads’n’Tails pet shop. Barking Beautiful is run by Emily Rose, who has been grooming in central London for six years, and is ideally located in a room at the back of the shop. She is best contacted via Instagram as @barking.beautiful.
Good luck to both valiant entrepreneurs, especially in these trying circumstances.