Fish that tenner out of your pocket and head down to Bowes Park’s charming Myddleton Road this Saturday to take part in the area’s first “cash mob” event.
The local high street is all set for a cash injection from regulars and new visitors thanks to the event, intended as a show of support for local traders by the We Love Myddleton Road group.
Originating in New York, the event follows in the footsteps of cash mob events on the Harringay Ladder and Wood Green’s independently-run Big Green Bookshop last year.
Its dual purpose is to use the community’s spending power to show local shops some support and meet your neighbours at the same time.
Myddleton Road has much to offer; as well as the cafes and restaurants in the street, and delicatessen treats from meats and cheeses to cakes and coffee, you can get a haircut, pick up children’s toys, get your clothes dry-cleaned or altered, book a holiday, get your car serviced or get equipped for some DIY.
Having fallen into disrepair in recent years, traders are returning to enliven the shopping parade, with new arrivals including La Coppia Italian resturant and Hellenic Gourmet Greek delicatessen.
Toby Nation, 36, a representative of the We Love Myddleton Road group, said: “Myddleton Road is a unique shopping street filled with hidden gems that’s getting better all the time, but it needs everyone’s support if it’s going to keep growing.
“Our cash mob is about encouraging people to come to Bowes Park to use their spending power and to celebrate all the great shops on the road.”
Mr Nation, who moved to Marlborough Road last summer from east London, added: “It’s literally in the heart of the community and it’s quite a strangely-located and unusual high street. There is something quite alluring about it.
“We want to see a little bit of regeneration I think. We have got a lot of fantastic people in the community who want to support the road, and there is a lot of affection for it.
“Spending a tenner isn’t a huge commitment, and there are so many great shops on the road. Coming together and showing some support is a really important thing to do.”
Be part of the cash mob and turn up with your tenner – or more – this Saturday, May 10, from 11am. Meet at the junction of Myddleton Road and Marlborough Road, outside the Red Sea Supermarket. Depending on the weather, a picnic is mooted in the Community Gardens or, failing that, shoppers will be encouraged to compare purchases, swap stories and get to know each other in one of the cafes.
+ Keep up with what’s happening at www.bowesandbounds.org/page/myddleton-road.