New businesses opening in the town is an indication of prosperity in the town of Dorchester.
I was representing the Dorchester BID on Wednesday as an ambassador and spent some time meeting the visitors arriving by coach outside the very popular market. The coaches arrive in the morning and drop off their passengers as part of a day excursion during their holiday.
Most of the visitors this week were from Cardiff and were staying in Bournemouth. The coaches make their way to the Top of Town car park near The Keep Military Museum where there is suitable parking for them and a cafe. The coaches return to collect their passengers later in the afternoon, many of them having bought rather more than perhaps they intended to!
This is all to the advantage of small businesses who are marked on the Dorchester BID map which the ambassadors hand out to visitors. Presenting the town in this way is in my opinion, encouraging new business to open in the town.
Finca is a new cafe that has opened in Great Western Road, offering freshly roasted coffee, sandwiches and cakes in a rustic cosy environment. Gluten free options are included on their menu and the cafe may be open earlier than some.
I can remember taking my eldest daughter in to these premises some years ago when it was formerly a shoe shop. It is lovely to see regeneration in this road as it supports the important existing businesses that are located nearby.
At the end of South Street in Cornhill Seasalt has opened.
This is a Cornish business which obviously is taking advantage of the opportunity to trade in the town. It looked like it was flourishing yesterday when I passed by, a new shop does attract attention, but the outside decoration is very enticing.
I did notice quite a few Seasalt bags in customer's hands when I walked along South Street today! There was not one in mine but I may be tempted soon!