Mungos (situated on Long Street) is a little home décor, gift and jewellery shop. They sell a mixture of country, simple and contemporary items, targeting a wide range of different types of customers and will only sell items, which are made in the United Kingdom or ethically produced.
I spoke to the lady running the shop on a Wednesday morning and asked about how busy the area is. I learnt that parking around the area does restrict the amount of customers that could potentially come into the area and shop within her business. There is no particular pattern in how trading is busier or quieter, it is very ‘hit and miss’. The recession has had a major impact on the area for business.
Personally I have never had a real problem with parking within the area to walk to the high street, this is something, which I have concluded that this could be something, which the customers who have visited the business have mentioned.
Fusion gallery is satiated mainly in the centre of Long Street to which they sell fine art, framing, ceramics and textiles. I gained a lot of information from the owner of the gallery. Fusion gallery began 8 years ago in the area and in the first couple of years had many private shows but over the years this has declined. The business adapts to how the climate is running meaning that this year Fusion have had to purchase less quantity of products in order to save money. They are expecting a 20% downfall already and are prepared for it.
Fusion gallery tend to find that the business picks up more customers when there is a local auction and when the local walking club have a walk around the surrounding Cotswolds, particularly from American people visiting the area.
I have learnt from a younger local person within the surrounding area of Wotton-Under-Edge that McQuiggs, a café within the centre of Long Street has a customer reputation that is declining with the younger generation, as the owner of the café seems to act in a rude, unprofessional manner to them. I believe that this should not happen within any type of business as every customer should be treated the same regardless of there age or personality. Meaning that there is a opportunity for people to build a business aimed at this particular age group.