UNTIL A FEW weeks ago 43 Kingsland High Street was a pound shop selling cheap goods to the poor.
Now it is in effect a concept put into practice, a newish way of selling coffee, pizza and groceries to aspirational millennials.
Run by Nicholson Boyd, pictured, Pickles is a family-run independent with its origin in his home country of Northern Ireland and operating under the supportive mantle of the convenience-store group Spar.
When he set out to offer the public pizza, he went to live in Italy, learning both about the pie and the ovens needed to make it. When it came to coffee, he also consulted the experts.
Anti-gentrifiers in Hackney might profess dismay at the replacement of a pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap outlet by another upscale food venue.
Other Dalstoners might see hope that the mishmash of pound shops, loan sharks, phone-unlockers, takeaway chicken counters, nail bars and bookies lining the road between Dalston junction and Crossway is bit by bit being pushed back.
David Altheer 140416
*Pickles, 43 Kingsland High Street, Dalston E8 2JS (020 3305 5050)
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