We often talk about our properties for what they do, which is provide excellent commercial and industrial spaces, perfectly designed for businesses within Hull & Yorkshire.
However, on this occasion, we get to expand our horizons and discuss the positive impact our commercial spaces are having on the community this Christmas.
Many of the businesses located in our spaces within Hull’s Paragon Arcade only launched during the first lockdown in 2020 and saw their celebrations last Christmas hampered by the continuing impact of Covid.
This year, we’re getting a glimpse of what it could have been like, with sweet treats, festive music and delightful decorations spread across the arcade; all from our occupants pulling together and making it a truly merry Christmas!
Not only do the commercial properties create an incredibly festive aura, from their bright lights and festive window display, but shoppers that shun the online option have also joined in to make 2021 a Christmas to remember.
Shoppers at Paragon Arcade are heading there for the quality and character of local independent businesses, something that wasn’t possible during the outbreak of Covid.
Shannon Bean, whose family runs Nordic Rosie and Paper Rosie in Paragon Arcade, said: “Black Friday has brought a reminder that last year a lot of people did their Christmas shopping online because they couldn’t leave home. There’s been a different vibe this year and people have been a lot more open to shopping small.
“They have been coming in and telling us how much they’ve enjoyed going out, and we’ve had a lot of comments about how nice the Arcade looks because last year it didn’t really get a chance to shine.”
Charlie Broomfield, the owner of Homestead Store, said: “Everyone in the Arcade gels nicely and you could potentially do all your Christmas gift shopping down here with coffee and wine from Two Gingers, the record shop, sweet treats from Milchig and White Rabbit, flowers, baby clothes, homewares and furniture. It’s everything down one street with its own roof!”
Additionally, our commercial tenants have also been expanding and scaling their businesses with new makeovers and offerings to their customers. Two Gingers Coffee House had a makeover and White Rabbit Chocolatier added the first-floor café. When the Arcade reopened after lockdown it unveiled Nordic Rosie selling homeware and nursery items and Out of the Attic Music, selling music memorabilia, CDs and increasing amounts of vinyl.
Shannon and her family then opened Nordic Rosie, selling an array of quirky and stylish stationery, cards, paper and prints.
Other additions were Three Blind Mice tattoo parlour, Neon Velvet brow bar and Milchig, selling things made with milk – ice cream, cakes, cookies and brownies all made on the premises.
They added to an array of existing tenants including Milk hair salon, Belle and Benjamin babywear, Koda Interiors and Homestead Store, who all arrived during the year after we acquired the Arcade and embarked on a major renovation. PJ barbers shop and Flower Corner were already there and have stayed.
With a stylish restaurant at The Hispanist and a new dining concept at Holy Brunch, Paragon Arcade is pulling in people who like to shop, break for a drink or a bite, and shop again.
Charlie said: “Last year we missed the run-up to Christmas because of the restrictions and even this year we weren’t able to hold our Christmas wreath-making event but we’re taking part in the late-night shopping and we’ve all got some very nice, hand-picked gift options that shoppers won’t find anywhere else – even online.”
Andy Sparrow and Gary Matfin have added to their regular music offer with Beatles Christmas jumpers and a wide range of festive records including the new “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” compilation of three albums in snowy white vinyl featuring songs by Wham, Elton John, Wizzard, Nat King Cole and more.
Overall we’ve seen an incredibly positive impact on the community and we hope that our new and existing spaces can continue to have such an effect for years to come.
If you’re interested in being part of commercial or industrial communities, get in touch to find out what spaces are available or explore our properties on the website.