Businesses booming on Bold Street

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Bold Street. Pic by JMU Journalism

Bold Street. Pic by JMU Journalism

Bold Street has marked its most successful financial year in recent times with the opening of 11 new businesses since last April.

The city’s popular shopping street was recently voted one of the best in the country for shopping by publishers of the Lonely Planet guides for its range of independent cafes and shopping outlets.

Bold Street currently has a vacancy rate of less than 2% which is considerably lower than the national average of 12%.

Despite the high-profile closure of Waterstones in February, Bold Street has gone on to thrive, welcoming a raft of mainly independent restaurants, cafes and fashion stores.

This has led Bold Street to become the trendiest place in the city to lunch, including Liverpool’s first all-female bakery at East Avenue Bakehouse.

Jo Byers, co-owner of Eat Avenue Bakehouse, told JMU Journalism: “Liverpool is an amazingly social city, and the Bold Street area is thriving with independent shops and restaurants making it the perfect friendly foodie hub for a new bakehouse.”

It’s not only the new stores on the block that are enjoying Bold Street’s popularity with book store News from Nowhere this year celebrating its 40th birthday in May.

Mandy Vere, joint director of the bookstore, told JMU Journalism: “As the grandmothers on the block, we’re delighted to welcome these young upstarts to rejuvenate Bold Street with their youthful enthusiasm. It’s still the best place in town to shop, create and hang out.”

About Lewis Bell, JMU Journalism