Wavertree’s new ‘ReLoved’ Shop and Community Hub space at 203 Picton Road opened its doors on Saturday 4th July 2020, as part of the UK Independent’s Day celebrations.
A day full of fun, laughter and community spirit started with a socially distanced community litter pick in the morning (thanks so much to legendary L15 company Fitwell‘s for our snazzy hi-vis vests!), followed by tea and cakes provided by neighbouring business Laura’s Little Bakery and a number of talented local bakers. A steady flow of people – albeit limited to 12 at a time – made their way through the shop as friends and neighbours enjoyed each other’s company while finding themselves some vintage bargains!
Keeping our community safe was at all times paramount and we are pleased to say everyone adhered to all the COVID-19 guidelines and measures, including a squoosh of hand sanitiser on entry. Masks and gloves were provided at the door (thanks to Rebecca Turner and to Rob Zatz at The Wavertree Society), our new till screen (provided by The Festive Group) was in place and signage (kindly donated by Liverpool BID) was used throughout the shop to make sure that everyone could get around safely.
We are so pleased that the volunteers from VMM have stayed on with us in the new shop. A big highlight on the day was the new children’s toys and games room – ably created by our youngest team member Rose (aged 10), assisted by long-term volunteer at the shop, Dave (age not disclosed!).
The ever-popular ‘Book Nook’ from VMM is still in place and we were able to create a lovely, bright and breezy main room to house clothing, home goods and refreshments with enough room for people to walk around and browse safely.
To say getting the shop ready for launch was a labour of love would be a MASSIVE understatement!
A dedicated squad of people freely volunteered their time, energy, ideas, creativity, contacts, services, cars/vans and elbow grease to make this happen. Super Dave the volunteer put so much effort in, and we cannot thank the lads from Damien John Kelly House enough for their hard work, especially in filling up a big skip of rubbish and damp-damaged goods, but also in painting, decorating, shifting and sorting, heavy lifting while running up and down a set of very creaky basement steps. They did all of this with smiles, good humour and kept everyone’s spirits up. Thanks fellas! (and thanks to Wavertree scrapyard CCC Waste for the skip)
We were delighted to work with Ahmad at new local business Signs Plus Print, just opened at 97 Picton Road, in bringing our shiny new shop sign to life. It is an amazing feeling for everyone involved to have seen drafts and drawings of what the shop might look like and then to see it now as a reality. Big thanks to freelance designer Alfie Martin for continuing to work with us on the ‘Love Wavertree’ branding and logos, and to local film-maker Ed Pink for coming down and making our launch video.
We are absolutely over the moon to see the new shop open and ready for business and to see how quickly and wholly our community has taken this new space to its heart.
We are keen to stock and display work from local artists, makers and crafters and are very happy to offer our space at 0% commission (so that all profits go to the artist). We would also like to develop a gallery space (and have something exciting in the offing already with local photographer and ‘Urban Goals’ creator, Mike Kirkham). We know all too well that #WavosGotTalent so please do get in touch on email@example.com if gallery or sales space is of interest.
All sorts of ideas for using the space were put forward during launch day including art, photography and film classes, a book group, yoga and wellbeing classes, and we were even asked if we did kids’ parties! (bagsy not being the clown!).
We want this to be a space for the whole community and welcome your input, ideas and continued help to make this happen. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, @LoveWavertree or come down to the shop for a cuppa.
This is just the start…