March 6, 2012

What’s Happening to the King’s Road?

By Chelsea Girl In Arts & Culture, Eating & Drinking, Fashion & Accessories

I feel somewhat compelled to write this post because it woke me up in the middle of the night and it is something I clearly need to get off my chest.

I guess I fell asleep with the niggling issue that another fro yo shop is about to open on the King’s Road and I couldn’t help but wonder what in fact is happening to the place I call home?

I love gelato and fro yo. Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I like to indulge my tastebuds. But with a few of my King’s Road faves disappearing off the local map, I’m slightly cringing at the transformation of this Chelsea landscape.

Last year, we said au revoir to Love Bakery …

And Black & Blue’s takeover of Picasso proved itself to be a very clever marketing campaign. It is of course no more Picasso and is now Black & Blue.

And this year, we’ve had to say goodbye to Mimi. *sad face*

There are still some fab indies left in Chelsea, such as Ad Hoc, Harvest, Fifi Wilson and Claudia Sebire to name a few. And I’ve heard that the problem runs deeper beyond the landlords; perhaps to higher powers – so it’s unlikely this post will make a difference.

But I just want to ask, do we really need any more frozen anything shops along the King’s Road? We have plenty and they’re great and I know this new one will be too. Yet, our climes hardly call for ice all year round.

As much as a pang of envy sweeps over me each time I venture to Westbourne Grove or a wave of nostalgia hits me as I think of The Garage (a fashion market where the Bluebird is now), I just hope that the King’s Road will bounce back. It doesn’t have to be to its former glory but something representing anything other than a coffee or ice cream parlour would be great.

 

3 Comments
  1. […] On Kings Road, for example, the elegantly dressed mannequins that posed in the window of Mimi are no longer there. Only empty fittings and bare walls are on show at the recently closed boutique that had been open […]

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  2. […] On Kings Road, for example, the elegantly dressed mannequins that posed in the window of Mimi are no longer there. Only empty fittings and bare walls are on show at the recently closed boutique that had been open […]

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  3. […] On Kings Road, for example, the elegantly dressed mannequins that posed in the window of Mimi are no longer there. Only empty fittings and bare walls are on show at the recently closed boutique that had been open […]

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