Independent traders to host flea market full of family fun
JUST a few months in and Shepton Mallet Shopkeepers (SMS) have organised their first event.
Tomorrow Shepton will see the High Street full of stalls and masses of entertainment for the family as part of a flea market.
Anna Perra, a member of SMS who helped organise the event, said: "The flea market is something nice to do because it can involve everyone – residents can even have a stall with bric-and-brac."
The day promises to be full of stalls selling a variety of things, entertainment in the form of local singers and a jazz band, face painting and a hog roast.
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The group hope to hold regular events, in the hope to bring people to the town, as well as bringing the town together, and in October are holding a harvest event.
SMS was created after several shopkeepers got together and decided to try and promote the historic town to help boost the business of all the independent shops.
Anna said: "We want to find a way of promoting Shepton Mallet as a positive shopping experience for shoppers as we really do not miss anything here – from Italian fashion designer, myself, from an old fashion Cobbler shop, haberdashery shop, reptiles, pets, organic food, beautician and optician, osteopath, bakery, Thompson travel, banks, charity shops, antiques, motorbike clothes shop, computer repair shop and great coffee bars like the Goodfellows, Penny's Sweets and many more."
SMS are supported by the Council for licensing issues and town counsellor Bente Height attends the group's fortnightly meetings to support them as well as giving advice.
The police have also proved to be a great support to the group for any issues that arise regarding anti-social and intimidating behaviour.
Spirits are already high in the town after news of a new independent coffee shop moving in to Penny's Sweets old shop.
Penny's Sweets moved next door after expanding their business and hope to celebrate their 3 year anniversary of opening on September 18.
The flea market will take place between 12pm and 6.30pm and there will be free parking on the day.
For more information on the group visit https://www.facebook.com/SheptonMalletShops?ref=hl.