On these pages you will find details of all the businesses, community groups and other amenities that go to make the Bishopthorpe Road area (Clementhorpe, Southbank and Bishophill) such a brilliant neighbourhood for living, working, and shopping. ‘Bishyroad’ is how it’s affectionately known around here.
So what makes Bishopthorpe Road so special?
In an age of bland, corporate, homogenised high streets, here you will find something that many thought had been wasted by the supermarkets – retail diversity – we are the butcher, the baker and the bicycle maker…
Whilst we are naturally modest about our accomplishments, we are confident that you will soon discover that many of the businesses here are the best in their business. You can check them out here, or ask a local.
Independent retail is everywhere besieged – by corporate multiples, by out of town retailing and by the internet. But here you will encounter vibrant and robust independent business practice - operated by people who know their business; who are passionate about what they do and because they are close to the community, make it their business to be close to you - their customer.
Why shop locally?
By shopping at local retailers, you are directly supporting your local economy and local employment. Large, out of town corporate retailers make their ‘efficiencies’ by destroying jobs closer to home. They claim that it makes them cheaper. But that is often not the case. Local businesses are often surprisingly competitive on price and usually much more flexible.Large multiples also strip value out of communities and pass it on to absentee shareholders. When you shop locally for goods and services, more of the profit gets recycled into your own community.
It’s about community
Ever wondered what makes this neighbourhood so special? The river is lovely, so is the park, so are the schools. But other areas have equally charming features. What really makes Bishyroad special, is its diversity. Diversity of use – neither wholly residential, nor commercial, so people have good reason to be here at all times of the day or night. That makes it more lively and paradoxically, a safer place. That’s because many more of us have a stake in this neighbourhood – we care about it, we are the ‘eyes on the street.’
Central to all this, is our old fashioned shopping parade. It’s been here, where people live, for decades. It’s certainly changed over the years, reflecting changing needs, but always relevant and will always be so – long after ‘out of town’ has had its day.
Enjoy the experience.
Piers and Andy, Cycle Heaven