Welcome to the first instalment of our new campaign, â€œWanstead is made in Wansteadâ€.
There have been lots of expressions of interest since we announced the campaign on Wednesday. In case you missed it,Â it’s an acknowledgement that the atmosphere and spirit of Wanstead is thanks in no small part to the shopkeepers, traders and local businesses which are based here. And itâ€™s also a reminder that itâ€™s within the power of Wanstead people to choose to support them.
So with that in mind we are going to feature some Wanstead businesses. First up is our new optician, Greg Etkin, who took over C J Packfordâ€™s late last year.
He kept on all the former staff, and is now planning a significant (and pretty stylish) refurbishment of the shop, pictured below.
He writes: â€œI’m an optician with 20 years experience, and am originally from South Africa. I’ve always loved the East End of London so when Mr Packford told me he wanted to sell his practice I jumped at the chance.
â€œSo far it’s been tremendous. The staff are top notch and the residents are very supportive. I’m modernising the practice with a new boutique feel but trying to ensure that the ‘essence’ remains the same. That’s so important. I’ve also added new frame ranges and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and look forward to becoming an integral part of this close-knit community.â€
If you would like your business to be featured, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org