Matlock business community banding together

Businesses on a ‘forgotten’ Matlock shopping street are banding together to promote trade in the area.

Smedley Street traders will be holding a joint 1950s event on August 30 to help re-generate interest in the area and drive customers through their doors.

Allison Beesley, of the Nail Hut, said: “I think a lot of people don’t realise just how good it is up here.

“We’ve got some fantastic independent businesses and always pool our resources to make the best of what we have.

“We are hoping to close off the road, get a few 1950’s cars and props on the street and we’ll dress all the shops up like the 1950’s.”

James at Blueberry Food added: “There’s a lot more going opff up here than people realise.”

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Meet the Smedley Street businesses

White Peak Butchery: Offers locally produced beef, lamb, pork, poultry, game and venison. Owner Richard personally selects the animals from farmers he knows and from local livestock markets.

JCK Hair: A barbers and ladies hair salon, which owner Seb took over and refurbished in 2008. Earlier this, experienced stylist Harry also joined the team. “There is a great sense of community on Smedley Street and we all try to help each other out,” said Seb.

Bella Figura: Sells original vintage clothing, jewellery and pieces for the home. . Commissions are also taken for handmade, vintage inspired, pieces and there is an-the-peg range of new clothes.

Tinkers: A family-owned sandwich bar and deli run by mother and son Lynn and Alan Baxter who take “great pride” in delivering the best and freshest products to their costumers on a daily basis.

Designate at The Gate: A family business which offers art courses, a pop-up cinema, alternative quizzes, home-cooked food and drink, hand-made crafts and Matlock’s only beach.

Evapeorium: Specialist in electronic cigarettes and accessories including e-liquids all in VG. Tried and tested with certification. Also offers free professional advice given on stopping smoking.

Armitts: Boasts a wide range of newspapers and magazines, but can order any publication on request. Sells greetings cards, gifts, helium balloons and jewellery. However, owner Mark is most proud of his extensive range of locally sourced craft ales.

Blueberry Food: Opened 18 months ago, sells a range of sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Offers commercial catering and run the cafe at Arc Leisure Matlock.

The Nail Hut: The idea is that women can get an “instant bit of glamour”. Offers mmanicures, pedicures, eyebrow plucking, facial waxing, shellac, biosculpture shells and bespoke jewellery.

Chiho acupuncture: Has been Smedley Street’s only acupuncturist since October 2012. Specialist areas are pain management and MS. Offers free taster sessions on Saturday afternoons for people interested in acupuncture.

Mat-locks: Service range includes: cutting; blow drying; colouring; and perming. Offers a reduced rate for senior citizens on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

McKenzie’s Garage: Offers MOT testing, diagnostics, servicing and repairs, clutches, air conditioning, brakes and discs skimming, tracking and balancing, tyres, exhausts, batteries.

The Bakehouse : Supplies local cafes and sells direct to the public at food fayres. Specialises in quality home-made biscuits and cakes for cafes, individuals and special occasions.