So why shop local? It’s about simple economics. Market Rasen has been down the Portas Road - High Streets are in decline all over the UK. We’re one of the lucky ones - we’ve had some money to support turnaround.
But there’s a simple underlying issue - if you don’t use your local High Street - the chances are you’ll lose it.
The Rasen Mail caught up with Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) to discuss why shopping local is so important.
High Streets (and their traders) have to have support of their local residents. Just £5 or £10 a week on the High St (rather than supermarkets or out of town) can make a difference.
Spending local helps independents who offer great service and products you simply can’t get from the big shopping sheds.
They give us variety, vibrancy and a unique shopping experience that is at risk of disappearing forever without the support of the communities they serve.
In Market Rasen:
Our High Street really is at the heart of the community - it’s not just a place to shop - but a place to come together with families, friends and colleagues to enjoy some social and leisure time.
To talk, connect, relax and enjoy everything a traditional, historical market town has to offer.
For MR BIG the regular monthly markets celebrate everything that is special about our town.
We’ve just scooped our second national markets award - but really we couldn’t do it without our traders.
The Norths with their super-fresh fruit and vegetables, Roger Allenby with his plants and flowers, Tim Bolus Parfitts Pets, to name but a few that come out whatever the weather.
But for us the BIG monthly markets are the hook to draw people into town.
We want people to explore our High Street and enjoy the vibrant mix of independent traders who offer something truly unique to local shoppers.
Fabulous food and drink establishments to fit every budget and taste - from The Advocate, Red Lion, The Chase and Gate of India, to Jossals, the Albion Tea Rooms and of course the iconic Aston Arms.
Great gifts, home and hard wares. Indulgence, the Gift Horse, Something Special and Forget-me-not cater for special occasions, with Rasen Hardware and Jacques Homehardware helping with day-to-day, DIY and garden essentials. We even have locally made furniture and bathrooms from Rumplestiltskin and Bathroom Desires respectively plus Town and Country Carpets.
We have fantastic produce from Lancasters, Greens of Lincolnshire and Starbucks bakery giving people the opportunity to buy the freshest, finest local produce with quality guaranteed.
For those looking for a little pampering we have a host of hair and beauty boutiques, Touches, Quintessential Beauty, Style Studio, Spring and Top Knot to name just a few.
And we have a growing fashion and apparel offering from Spring, Isn’t She lovely, Magnolia, Alberts and Little Milberry’s for young ones.
You can even treat your pets - Rasen Pet Centre will bend over backwards to help their customers.
There is little that cannot be found on our High Street, plus you get service with a smile and the feel good factor that comes from supporting hardworking local businesses.
We’d encourage each and every person in Market Rasen and its outlying villages to take a trip into town.
You’ll be surprised at just how much there is on offer and you can really make an occasion of it.
Grab a bite to eat. Meet some friends. A trip to a large out of town supermarket simply doesn’t have the same appeal.
Plus you know that locally sourced produce and shorter car journeys is much, much kinder to the environment.’
It’s not just about Rasen
Caistor and Brigg have a fabulous range of cafes, independent boutique shops, restaurants and places to visit on offer as well.
Caistor with its Arts and Heritage Centre, and Brigg with its newly refurbished heritage centre at The Angel make wonderful days out for all the family.
And if you already live in the Caistor and Brigg area you won’t need us to tell you about the fantastic range of local produce and gifts on offer in the towns stores.
So what are you waiting for? Get out and support your high street shops today.