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Atomwise - coming soon to Crouch End, where Ruby Rose was

Still, it coukld have been a nail bar, or an estate agent.

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Which means an artisan bakers becomes a vape shop. Now that isn't the Crouch End scenario people keep knocking on about. We seem to be a town centre of two halves, and the Tottenham Lane bit is heading in the opposite direction.

The clustering of the bookies and the charity shops, together with nailbars (and payday loan shops and fast food takeaways), etc., are characterised as town centre detractors in retail studies. I don't know if Crouch End wants to change things...   how about street cafes, heritage shopfronts, appealing awnings and leafy boulevards instead. Too radical?

Sign of the times I suppose.

Shame the old shop names are being covered up. Pic of Arthouse deli refit.

And now they've installed a large, ugly metal security screen. Internal, but still horrible.

I've just checked an Atomwise site and a teeny bottle of CBD (Hemp) extract costs between £40 and £100. So the shutter is probably needed to keep out the moped thieves . . . who may very well be fuelled by CBD?

I'm guessing this isn't the stuff that might be made legal for medicinal purposes in the near future.

Everyone loves street cafes and characterful shops in Crouch End. The problem is, people don't support those businesses enough. Ruby Rose was a lovely place; I wonder how many Crouch End residents visited them on a regular basis. Similar story with Muddy Boots across the street. It was a gem with lovely people and outstanding products. People who continue to shop at Waitrose or Ocado have no right to feel sad when Muddy Boots went out of business.

Largely fair points - but there were special problems for Ruby Rose - which seemed unpredictable in its opening hours, and Muddy Boots not only had Morleys just up the road, but other problems with its business model. And they are both just a bit too far away from the Clock Tower for passing trade.

I do shop at Waitrose  - I buy two Belgian Buns (£1) and a coffee (£2) , but Waitrose give me the coffee, so they lose £1 on each visit. And, no, I'm not doing a local coffee shop out of the trade, because otherwise I'd go home and make a cup of tea.

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