Half term is over and dare I say it……… Yes I survived. It was only a week so not the hard slog of the School Summer Holidays but at this time of year it’s always tricky keeping the monsters entertained. Funds are tight with Christmas on the way and the weather is never guaranteed.
First on the list of my favourite things about Winner Street are the free events. Details of up and coming events can be found on the Winner Street Facebook page. At this time of year its the witch hunt which involves the Winner Street traders placing various sized witches in their shops which the children have to find and write down the witch’s name onto an entry form. This was a god send for a morning out of the house to burn some steam off with the kids and my favourite thing about it? It was FREE!!!
I love the history of winner street and the character it still holds. Historic Winner Street in Paignton is one of three streets that makes up the original Paignton town centre. Many people are unaware that Winner Street is where the well loved Rossiters first began back in the 1850’s founded by Sarah and Jane Rossiter as a drapery shop. You can find more information about the history of Winner Street, Paignton here.
The main high street, in Paignton, is now considered to be Victoria Street. However Winner Street should not be over looked. The history of the street is everywhere and instead of the common place pageantry of New look you’ll find amazing antiques and rare artefacts……..
……..exotic fruits can be can be purchased from Siam Thai and Asian Shop. The staff are amazing and are happy to answer any questions regarding preparation of foods. They were incredibly patient with both me and my children when we went in to search for the witch.
The street boasts an eclectic collection of curiosity shops, furniture and antique emporiums
Looking for your next shabby chic project then look no further than the auction house with free parking available on auction days. Or why not check out one of the furniture shops with new and used options available. Trying to make your house a home and add character and warmth? Then Winner Street is the place to release your inner interior designer!
For the crafting savvy amongst you there’s Purple Valley Design with an absolute abundance of yarns and buttons to satiate the button junkie within or stock up on stocking fillers with their amazing collection of wooden pocket money toys. They also show case designs from local artisans if you’re looking for a truly unique gift this is the place to look first. There’s also Bead World run by Gill and Tom Saunders for any jewellery makers. They stock a wide selection of beads and embellishments that are worth a look for anyone considering taking up this amazing craft.
There’s a real sense of community from the businesses of Winner Street. Something that is drastically missing in the likes of Costa. Instead you have the amazing Hammonds coffee shop which comes complete with “posh teas” and gluten free cake options as well as sumptuous cooked breakfasts. If a bakery is more your bag you’ll not be disappointed with Paignton Bakery which will keep you in full supply of pastries and cakes.
There is a great sense of community and camaraderie in Winner Street, from the traders. This feeling of togetherness is led by Dean Kelly of Chrissys Used Uniforms. Dean is the chair of the Winner Street traders association and has recently led the fight for Christmas lights on Winner Street with an epic crowd funding project which has almost reached their target of £2000. The traders association of Winner Street are immensely grateful to the local support they have received so far and ask that anyone wishing to support them in purchasing their own Christmas lights check out their crowd funding page. The fundraising has so far involved a number of events including, most recently, a charity car wash. There have also been generous donations from local patrons and businesses. The hope is that the lights will be in place in time for their next big event on the 8th December when the street will be closed to accommodate an outdoor Christmas market complete with Samba band! An event for the diary which is certainly not to be missed.
CHARACTER AND CHARM
If you look carefully the character and history of Winner Street is everywhere. There are details to the buildings that can’t be found in department stores and modern shopping centres. This street, so often overlooked, truly is a feast for the eyes if you dare take the time to seek it out.