Take a butcher’s at this. 

The capital’s trendiest tote bag, designed by Edinburgh-based artist Alexandra Snowden, will be available the length and breadth of Broughton Street tomorrow. 

It comes as local traders celebrate the completion of gas repairs with a wide range of special offers, discounts, and tasters over the weekend. (Look out for balloons outside participating businesses.) 

The bags will sell for £3.00 each, with all profits going to The Yard next to George V Park.

With small businesses in the neighbourhood facing an uphill struggle in the face of continuing gas repairs on London and Forth Streets, and ongoing disruption in Picardy Place, now is a really good time for nearby residents to show some support.

Use them or lose them – shop local!

More power to their elbows

In other news, congratulations (and thanks) to Crombies!

The local family butchers have raised enough money to pay for and install a debrillator at the north end of their shopfront on Broughton Street, just next to the Stafford Centre entrance.

Staff are being trained in CPR techniques and how to use the life-saving equipment, which will be accessible to the public all day every day. Simple instructions appear on the box.

‘We are extremely grateful for the support given to this project by our wonderful customers and staff over these past months,’ says Sandy Crombie.

‘Many customers gave extremely generously to raise the necessary £1,330 to buy the equipment.

‘Collection cans and a raffle, along with donations from some local traders, made it all possible.’

The initiative was part of a national fundraising campaign by Scottish Craft Butchers to put a defibrillator at the heart of the community up and down Scotland.

Tooreloo Shamoons

Meanwhile, it’s a fond but sad farewell to Shamoon’s at No. 50.

The something-for-everybody grocery/convenience store is closing after 33 years on the street, unable – like several other well-established local businesses hereabouts in recent years – to cope with ever increasing rents.

The landlord at No. 50 has successfully appealed to the Scottish Government for planning permission to change the shop into an unlicensed takeaway (Ref. 17/00629/FUL), despite some 40 letters of objection from neighbours. 

Broughton Street