Over the last year and a half we’ve been introducing you to our traders – independent business owners who are part of the Brixton Pound family. What we’d like to do alongside that is to introduce you to the members of the community who are just as significant: the Brixton Pound users! Today we have a guest post from Paul:
I’m Paul Gill, a B£e user. When I was a kid living in Catford, my Dad knew every greengrocer, butcher and baker by name. As I grew up, many local shops closed; supermarkets took over, offering cheaper goods in a charmless, impersonal environment. Well, you get what you pay for…
I want to return to knowing the shopkeeper. I want my kids to know the people working in their neighbourhood. I want to back local independent business where I can.
The Brixton Pound is a calling card. To a trader it says that I’m local and likely to be back. Paying by text means they may get to know me by name. I meet fascinating and wonderful people in Brixton through B£e: Imran at Elephant, Adrian at Studio 73, Nicholas at Salon, Giovanni at LABG, Dorian the Barber, Yinka the Osteopath, Dave the Wine… Oh, I could go on. I get value and great service, plus I get to know knowledgeable and talented people.
I’m proudly Brixtonian. I’m proud that Brixton has a currency that businesses and residents can use to keep money in Brixton. And, as this town becomes ever busier, it’s nice to know and be known by the people I buy from.
Dad’s not using the B£, but then he doesn’t live here. Still, he knows a few of the traders by name, including Phil the Toy Man. He never needs an excuse to stop and chat, but if you don’t have Dad’s gift of the gab, the Brixton Pound might just get you and your Great Brixton traders talking.