My week in Pictures
Its been a very up and down week in TMD HQ this week! But all is good #smugface
The first, Friday the 13th of the year, I hope you’ve avoided black cats, ladders, found a penny or picked up a rabbit from the butchers and took its foot!
Garforth gets the cold but not the SNOW
THE AA have warned that anyone travelling in icy conditions should take a shovel, blankets/sleeping bag, extra clothing (including scarf, hat and gloves) 24 hour supply of food and water, de-icer , rock salt, torch, spare battery, petrol can, first aid kit and jump leads.
I felt a right idiot on the bus!
Flowers by Chloe is now on and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram and you can also see all her lovely work on her new website http://www.flowers-by-chloe.co.uk/
I've also had some interest this week from some cool and unique businesses and thanks to David at Mr Smith’s Locksmith for putting some of these businesses in touch – great cross marketing
Some great news from one of our members this week
Proving Social Media is key to promoting your business.............
I have owned a dance school in Garforth for many years, and it has been successful for all that time. Excellent examination results, competition results, a good "family" feel built up with the students as they progress from Tiny Tots through their exams. Eventually, though, the students leave; but new ones have joined at the Tiny Tots level to keep overall numbers steady.
Over the last few years, dance has become very popular, in the media, as a hobby, and even as a career. I am not the only dance school in the area, and there was a concern that numbers could fall off if I didn't take steps to promote my business a bit better. That was when I approached Christine at the Main Deal for help.
I have always relied mainly on word of mouth to advertise or promote the business, and this has worked well in the past. Students tell their friends, parents talk to their friends, and I kept getting more students. But in the last two years, dance has escalated its presence on social media, and I am not the most computer-friendly person. Twitter was a mystery to me!
Christine has helped me to grow the business massively in the last two years. She helps manage my twitter feed, she promotes the business locally through the Main Deal, and increases the profile of the business locally. I now have 10-15% more students in the whole school than I used to do , and I have gone from one Tots class a week to now having to start up a third!
On a connected note, the school regularly does shows to raise money for charity, and the promotion from The Main Deal has helped to boost the profile of the school so that we have had much larger than usual donations to the charities (local and national) that we support!
Principal, Caroline Atha School of Dance
It's so nice to hear and thanks to Caroline for sharing, #proudaspunch
#MIG Mum in Garforth
Time for Myself
I decided that for my birthday I would treat myself to a massage. I've never been one to get spa treatments, but I really appreciate the prospect of a bit of pampering now that I've become a Mum. All of last week I was looking forward to some alone-time (truly alone, not just leave the bathroom door cracked open to listen for screams while I'm in the shower alone-time).
I booked myself in for a luxury chocolate massage at Chocolate Beauty Spa on Garforth Main Street. It was lovely. The massage was great, I really enjoyed myself and left feeling light as a feather and completely relaxed - I recommend it.
Unfortunately the spell was broken when I got home. Baby Tommy didn't want to take a bottle while I was gone so he was a hangry and upset little guy the rest of the afternoon. We learned that he's not ready to be without me for long stretches at a time just yet. And that's ok.
In a few months' time when we start to wean him I'm going to book myself in for another treatment - a little treat for myself once I get through the tough first 6 months. Almost there.
Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @garforthkitchen to find out what else is going on in our community.
Shops opening later!.............
I have been asked this question so many times and by many, so I thought I would ask the Traders using their Facebook page I created some years ago. Here are the questions:
Would the shops consider:
Here are their answers;
Other answers were put forward too, which gave me thought. Some Traders have always done things that way, and questioned changed, but as our Main Street is slowly becoming more social and helping create changes, could this, some time in the future have an impact on our shops changing their habits too? I'll come back to this in a couple of years.
Last week’s blog about Dominoes approval was requested to be put up on Streetlife to get a discussion going about LCC Planning and what local people thought of the decision. Some comments were very good and local councillors got involved, and as usual on Streetlife (even though I do have another name for it) it did have its, air-sucking- teeth-gritting comments, it was interesting to see what people thought and how little some actually know about the place they live! There are lots of ways to find out about planning,
Here's the link https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/
Talking about Streetlife, it proved this week that it can come to some good, as PHIL B asked, what people wanted from Garforth, what was missing, what they would like to see more of. Its OK, Pizza wasn’t mentioned! But lots of fabulous ideas were, including more good food, a market, pop up shops/areas, art spaces and much more and what’s come from this post and peoples input could have some legs and actually work – it’s about the right people getting engaged, listening and most important of all, acting! #watchthisspace
Miami has completely gone….and what a big space it is!
32a Main Street has applied for a new, Ladies Fitness Centre which will reside above, The Greengrocer https://www.gymophobics.co.uk/ - this could bring footfall to the main street as people pop in and out of the gym as the entrance is a doorway on the parade.
Planning for seven apartments to be built on Wakefield Road is still at current status and has half a dozen objections.
Before I end this week’s Blog, hands up who would like to see a local Food Festival this summer?
Until next week..........................
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 18 years ago; you may have seen me around ?