Town has so much to offer

Monthly specialist markets have brought a boost to the town
Monthly specialist markets have brought a boost to the town

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.

We’ve got

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 

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 

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.