I was sad to hear that long-time independent boutique shop Reba (formerly Balagan) in Cathedral Square, Peterborough is closing after 19 years trading in the city centre, with January 11th being the final day. I’ve fond memories of descending the steps into the shop which opens up into a little Aladdin’s cave of display cabinets and shelves, searching for that elusive gift for someone hard to buy for.
More recently Rachel has been one of the key champions of independent retailers in Peterborough so the closure of Reba and the loss of yet another niche retailer is a blow to the “indie” campaign and Peterborough’s retail offering. Even the Reba “message of the day” blackboard outside the entrance of the shop has been a nice addition to what is already probably the best dressed shop in the Peterborough.
Reba owner Rachel Parkin put together such an emotive press release to announce the closure that I wanted to publish it here. I’d like to wish Rachel and staff at Reba all the best for the future.
Peterborough-entrepreneur Chris Jones has been denied a regular city-centre location for his artisan food truck venture despite there already being other mobile food traders that have traded in the area for years.
Spurred on by the growing street food scene in other UK cities – and inspired by the well-established food trucks of the USA – Chris has seen a gap in Peterborough’s foodie offering and wants to bring an artisan barbecue experience to our city.
Seemingly overnight, the coffee pod options for users of the (in my opinion) fantastic Nespresso coffee machine have multiplied to the point where there’s too many to keep track of. Where it was once a closed system now there are dozens of brands trying to get their Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules out to the market.
Update: After some conflicting reports from several sources, not helped by Imperial Bento seemingly unwilling to comment it turns out that the popular restaurant is only closing for refurbishment and will reopen to business as usual but having dropped Dim Sum from the menu.
Twitter user Aileen (@aileencheng58) has kindly let me use a photo she took of a notice Imperial Bento had hastily put up in their window:
With local press and social media reporting the closure of any business it’s important for management to ensure any statements are made promptly and that they are accurate. It seems in this case that staff were either unwilling to answer questions on the presumed permanent closure or were misinformed, giving out incorrect information.
This is great news for those that enjoy Imperial Bento and I look forward to visiting them again when they reopen later this month.
After some polite pestering, Lee Clarke, head chef at Clarkes restaurant kindly invited me to sample some of the menu at the newly opened Caf? Clarkes restaurant at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Rarely will I refuse a free lunch so I braved the rain and headed along to the Embankment.