The #WeNo Insider's Guide delves behind the scenes of some of the quirky independent businesses in West Norwood. Think you know the area?  Read on…

 

It’s Spring and FEAST is back! And so our intrepid reporter set off once more to explore the streets of West Norwood, meeting local traders. Presenting Hobby’s, a family business for model makers and hobbyists since the 1950s. Stray behind Knight’s Hill into the quiet streets of the industrial area to find their large warehouse […]

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  Turning into Chestnut Road, just past the fruit and veg stall, our Intrepid FEAST reporter found Harry Day Mews. This handsome former furniture warehouse built in 1922 is now flats. Once you’ve buzzed the intercom, metal gates glide open and the Mosaic Workshop, London’s only specialist mosaic shop, is across the courtyard. If making […]

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Presenting Floral Hall, a longstanding West Norwood business with deep roots in the community. Entering the shop you are greeted by a central explosion of colour and a subtle fragrance of flowers; along the edges are displays of seeds, bulbs, chocolates, candles and vases. And there’s more… for tucked around the corner on Lansdowne Hill, Floral […]

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For this edition, our roving reporter headed past St Lukes up towards Rosebery’s auction house. If you are a dedicated bargain hunter with a passion for second hand goods, then Maddison’s is a treat. The forecourt is a jumble of furniture. Inside, the shop is crammed with bookcases, chest of drawers, desks. The odd chair […]

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Presenting… Studio Trap, West Norwood’s very own tattoo parlour, just off Norwood Road on Chatsworth Way. The shop frontage is eye-catching with a tall billboard of Marilyn Monroe, tattooed. If your idea of a tattoo parlour is a seedy, dark room, think again. Owner Donnie has worked hard to create a bright, inviting space, including […]

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Presenting…Goodways Electronics; a humble gem of a workshop hidden away in Dalton Street. Here a whole range of repairs are undertaken by owner John. Our intrepid FEAST reporter squeezed into the space in front of a counter dominated by flat screen TV’s. Through the gap framed by this line of TVs, you can glimpse the […]

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