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On 28 Apr 2014 at 8:17pm Yohka wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I have moved to Lewes recently and love it here. What a great town!
I have also just opened a shop in the Needlemakers called Yohka, downstairs. I am finding it hard to get exposure as it is downstairs, does anyone know what would be the best way to reach Lewesians apart from this forum, as I don't want to spam it.
The idea of a forum for the town is also a great idea, true opinions of this place.
Thanks for your time everyone!

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On 28 Apr 2014 at 8:28pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
I've just Googled your name and judging by what you sell, I'd suggest advertising in Viva Lewes.
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On 28 Apr 2014 at 9:07pm Napoleon XIV wrote:
Some flyers at the Farmer's Market this Saturday will probably make people bolt towards your door
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On 28 Apr 2014 at 9:08pm Mrsbun wrote:
Good luck - hope it goes well for you.
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 7:28am Average Bod wrote:
yeah viva lewes alright....one day someone will open a shop in 'quirky' Lewes that sells normal stuff at normal prices
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 8:29am Albert Square wrote:
Normal things and normal prices? Whatever next! Imagine if a shop opened in Lewes that the average Lewes person could go to, rather than just the wealthy people, who even though they are the most visible only account for a small % of the population? I'm not criticising you Yokha, you have to make a living, but normal people are being priced out of Lewes in shops, housing and quality of life, which will make it a much less "great" place to live for everyone. This makes quite a few people miserable.
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 8:34am Tipex wrote:
Yohka - welcome to Lewes and good luck! Keep prices reasonable and you'll appeal to a wider range of shoppers and be more accepted by the natives.
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 9:37am Pessy Mistick wrote:
12 months tops
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 10:41am Andy wrote:
@ Albert Square spot on
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 10:59am tom wrote:
Yohka,
Suggest you rent a shop with good road frontage and footfall. Best advertising you can have, ask any experienced retailer.
Tom
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 12:12pm Damp Squib wrote:
I wouldn't keep too much stock downstairs at the Needlemakers or it may just end up smelling irretrievably of the damp. You're going to have an uphill struggle getting anyone to come down there, so I would focus your efforts on building your business online. Good luck with your new venture, though, Yokha - you've got to start somewhere.
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 4:59pm someone else wrote:
Yokha - good luck.
To all the regulars who complain, yet again, about the lack of 'normal' shops selling 'normal' goods at 'normal' prices. The lack of such shops in Lewes is not the fault of the retailers or DFLs. It's the fault of LDC and ESCC, because of ludicrous business rates and the parking situation. Please would you be so kind as to remember this, next time you're asked to vote?
It's also a long term problem throughout the land, because of online shopping. Not much you can do about that.
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On 29 Apr 2014 at 5:36pm Clifford wrote:
'It's also a long term problem throughout the land, because of online shopping. Not much you can do about that.'

If tha's the case - and I think it is - perhaps rather than vote for one or other of the charlatans who want to rule us perhaps it would be best to concentrate on doing online business.
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On 30 Apr 2014 at 5:56am the kronic wrote:
I wish you the very best of luck with your business. However, would't this issue have been one of the things you should've easily picked up on when doing a business plan ?
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On 30 Apr 2014 at 8:26pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Good luck! I think you may be surprised how many people will venture downstairs at the Needlemakers. I would suggest though that you get to know the other shop keepers in the building, with any contained shopping area the more the tenants work together to promote the place, the better for everyone.

Ignore the people complaining about normal shops for normal people. If such things were a viable option these days there would already be some and all these people would be shopping in them rather than wherever they are already shopping (Where do the people who always whinge about the shops in Lewes buy stuff? If they're so hard up, how do they afford to keep living in Lewes?).

Advertising in Viva is a great idea too. Their adverts are very cheap, considering it has a huge, local circulation and I know a lot of people who have had very positive results from advertising with them.
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On 30 Apr 2014 at 9:55pm Deelite 2 wrote:
I go downstairs as many others do. I got one of my best buys ever there, a green tonic leather jacket (the wife calls it my alcoholic rockstar jacket).

Good luck to you.


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