High Street Update

Currently based in Weybridge, Happy Potter Ceramics will soon be moving to Teddington in place of Ambience.

As well as providing the hugely popular pottery painting on location, the company will offer a coffee shop with fresh sandwiches, cupcakes, flapjacks and old-fashioned boiled sweets – so is likely to be a mecca for those with children! More details will follow soon.

Nicolas has closed its Teddington branch and all stock is being divided up and sent to nearby shops including the closest at Twickenham (14 Heath Road).

Fear not though if you require some expert alcohol advice – there is no need to look any further than Direct Wines which opened its new Teddington branch in July.

To walk past this off-license you might just assume it’s another high street chain but it is in fact a small independent company with very experienced staff on hand to advise you on what to buy to accompany particular foods, budget or occasion.

On the right-hand side as you enter the shop is a section of more unusual and rare wines that you’re not likely to find in the more common high street off-licenses. Shop staff have decades of experience in the industry and are only too happy to answer any questions.

Those who have noticed the “To Let” sign above Play Inside Out toy shop needn’t worry – it is gearing up to move to a nearby location only a stones throw away which is much larger than the current shop and will allow a larger stock and more room for pushchairs!

Despite stiff competition from online companies, traditional local toy shops still clearly have a place in our town centres – Play Inside Out recently opened a third shop in South-West London and now also combines its shop sales with a new web shop.

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