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  Whether it was a haircut, a visit to a pub garden or being able to hold an outfit up to see if it really will suit you, these were all much-missed activities during the first few months of 2021.
But since April 12 everything has been changing as the town centre takes its first steps out of lockdown and Our Bury St Edmunds is on hand to make the experience as easy and as safe as possible for our business members and their customers. Cafes, salons and shops have been welcoming us back as a sense of optimism prevails.
In the last few weeks as the weather has been getting warmer and the spring flowers have been in bloom the town has started to see shoppers and visitors returning. And it’s not just the time of year that makes it look brighter – there are at least ten new businesses that have opened for the first time since lockdown was lifted, giving a big vote of confidence to Bury St Edmunds town centre.
The town has always been well-known for its eclectic mix of independent businesses. Some of them including Javelin and Trotter and Deane, both on Abbeygate Street, featured recently in a new film to promote the #BuryBouncingBack campaign. Watch as their owners put the finishing touches to their shops as they prepared to re-open. Showcasing some of the town’s favourites, the film is available on the Our Bury St Edmunds YouTube channel and Facebook and was made by Allegro Creative Agency with support from Bury St Edmunds Town Council.
Meanwhile a number of new names have also arrived in Bury St Edmunds. Midgar Coffee Shop has moved into the former Wolf In Sheeps Clothing premises in St Johns Street. Marimba Chocolate Shop has taken a unit in Buttermarket while Abbeygate Street is home to hair and make-up salon Lipstick and Locks. A specialist cheese shop in Hatter Street and a new art gallery in Langton Place are just some of the exciting other new ventures being launched.
Mike Kirkham from Our Bury St Edmunds said: “There is a real sense of
The staff at Javelin, coffee making at Baskerville’s and Dave Marjoram, owner of the One Bull
Back in
town re- opening
optimism here with so many new businesses choosing to open in the town centre. Our Bury St Edmunds has always supported and encouraged independent businesses as we understand what a valuable role they play on the High Street. It’s wonderful to see a variety of new independent businesses moving into the town and along with the great mix of High Street brands and arc shopping centre we have so much to offer. We
  wish them all much success.” The next stage of re-opening of
businesses will see pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars allowed to serve people inside again, which is currently expected to be from May 17. A number of food and drink related businesses in the town centre which are unable to offer outside tables, such as The One Bull, are currently taking bookings for when they re-open and Baskerville’s are operating a takeaway service until they can fully open.
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Images: Jess Simms-Baalham and Allegro Creative Agency

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