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A walk down Summer Street

A walk down Summer Street

Over recent months I've told you about our Community Project for this year - Put Orange First. There are various objectives we have with this but for now I'll only mention one.

Put Orange First wants to support and encourage local retailers and one way we're doing that is by encouraging locals to shop and support local retailers more often. If we achieve this the ongoing benefits will become very evident over time. One of the themes we'll be pushing is "Become a localist". More on that later.

For now, I just want to remind readers about the great and varied range of retailers that we have in Summer Street. I decided to walk down one side and back up the other side of Summer Street last Saturday morning to take a closer look at the range of retailers that are there. I started at Clinton Street and walked down to Peisley Street, then back again. I've lived here almost 9 years and there are shops along Summer Street that I've never put a foot inside.

There are some really impressive shops along Summer Street, so let me remind you about what's there. I have concentrated mainly on retail shops and left out food outlets and other more service type businesses. I have also elaborated a little on those shops that I feel may have particular interest to some readers for one reason or another.

Between Clinton and Hill Streets is Anything Grows - Probably best known for their café, this business also has a quaint gift shop section and they sell a range of plants.

Between Hill and Sales Streets is the Summer Centre - This Centre has grown to be a very popular spot for shoppers, mainly for the Ashcroft's Supa IGA and Dan Murphy’s super stores. Other good-looking retailers worth a look include King of the Pack Tobacconist, Super Dollar and Tablelands Premier Meats.

In the same block, Revive Furniture and Décor has also moved into a shop near Percy's.

Further down between Sale and Anson Streets is the Orange Arcade and it now has some really interesting businesses in there including - Pick Me Flowers and Gifts - one of our newer florists, Fix and Fit Footwear - shoe repairs and orthopedic shoes, Turtle and the Ghostrider - very upbeat clothing etc., Willoughby's Model Cars and Football - incredible shop, heaps to explore, The Lane Cellars - interesting boutique liquor outlet, Cured: Hand Crafted Artisan Meats - specialist deli meats, Chaos and Karma - eye-catching clothing, art etc., Scoop Wholefoods - spectacular array of organic and natural foods in bulk,  and of course Harris Farm - simply a favourite, what more can you say?

Back on the street again and still in the same block, you'll find Rivers, The Big Outlet - a newer toy outlet, Sportspower - recently renovated and looks brilliant, Chemist Warehouse, Best & Less, Ziera Shoes, Regency Jewelers, Bobbies Clothing - Award winning clothing store, Terry White Chemmart, Millers, Katies, and Red Spot Homewares and Giftware.

In the next block between Anson Street and Lords Place you'll find Blowes Menswear - almost iconic menswear store, Sussan. The Clever Owl - very interesting store with a great range of kiddies games and learning aids etc. as well as a good range of kiddies clothing, they're right next to Australia Post which is also worth a closer look if you haven't been inside for a while, it's quite amazing what they sell. Then there's Just Jeans, Collins Booksellers - delightful and well laid out bookstore, Stormriders and Ghanda Clothing - both must sees for the fashion minded younger generation.

Across Lords Place and you'll find Jenisa Florist, Landers Music - our long serving and highly regarded music store and TJ's Newsagency.

Crossing the road and doing a 180, I headed back up Summer Street towards Lords Place to first pass Orange Locksmiths and Security - a local well-known and experienced locksmith, then Worldly Treasures - a truly exquisite shop for beautiful and unusual items from around the world.

Across Lords Place, between there and Anson Street, you'll find Orange Baby Kingdom - a fabulous baby shop, then Orange Central Square - that's a story in itself for another time, EB Games, Got it, Blue Illusion, Bed Bath n' Table - great Manchester and homewares shop, Kathmandu, Strandbags, Black Pepper, Taking Shape - catering for ladies sizes 12 - 24, and The Athlete's Foot.

Across Anson Street and onto Sale Street you'll find Angus Barrett Saddlery and Leather Goods - spectacular and worth a look, Mary & Tex Curious Emporium - lovely range of homewares etc. and definitely one to explore, Hartford's Menswear - another highly regarded quality menswear store, Games 'n' More - interesting shop that offers more than just games, Second Nature Aquariums - a must visit if you have a fish tank, Vivid Black Lingerie, Flirt Adult Shop, Ishka (sadly they're closing down soon), Kingfisher School Gear, The Essential Ingredient - super impressive all things cookware store, Miss Mary Mac - delightful ladieswear store and lastly, Radio Rentals, right on the Sale Street corner.

I hope you enjoyed our walk down Summer Street, it's encouraged me to explore other areas to do the same thing, I hope you too are encouraged to take more notice and be more appreciative of the great shops we have in Orange. Please "Put Orange First" and support them as often as you can.

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