Has the second phase of Kingsland High Street’s revival started?
The high street between Balls Pond Road in the south and Crossway in the north has long been a press of bodies filling the pavements as they bustle along to the market and into the Kingsland Centre; surely one of London’s most dispiriting malls?
Dalston centre has failed to follow the surge in Shoreditch and Hoxton, where quirky and sometimes even useful shops sprang up to service the creative types who flocked to ShoHo.
Dalston Emporium is a world away from the betting shops, discount stores, chicken bars, mobile-phone stalls and kebab outlets that thrive in the street. We all use at least some of them, but by themselves they do not a high street make.
Located by the Rio bus stop at 127 Kingsland High, London E8 2PB, the new store shows promise of supplying the quality food that Dalston gourmets would normally have to go to one of the Gallo Nero outlets to buy.
Dalston Emporium aims to be more than Gallo Nero, however, as it hopes soon to offer alcohol, and stage live music, films, dance and exhibitions and to open late. Coffee, tea and snacks are also on sale.
Suheyla Aslan says the Emporium nearly didn’t happen: as a researcher she was asked to relocate with the BBC to Manchester. She decided instead to open the business with her husband.
Just above Crossway, Blue Tit, another untypical new outlet, due to start trading on Wednesday 22 June 2011, is a hair salon that aims to be a cut above (groan) the barbershops around it at 7 Stoke Newington Road.
Perry Patraszewski, one of the founders, says Blue Tit will be a plush venue, more Broadway Market than Stokey barbershop.
Dalston Superstore wants to turn the basement of the building it occupies into a wine bar, showing films and presenting music, fashion shows and exhibitions. It will need permission from Hackney council. The council’s planners are likely to suggest approval: they have been quietly hoping that a trend is developing.