Magi, Coulgate Street


This is a short tribute to a shop that has come to our rescue more times than we can remember. If you're as disorganised as we are then most of the presents you'll have ever given new parents will have come from Magi, the shop which started the Coulgate Street renaissance.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

I must admit I've walked past many times and its not immediately obvious what it is... what is it?

drakefell debaser said...

If you need a greeting card or quirly gift you dont need to look any further. The place is brilliant.

drakefell debaser said...

er..that would be quirky gift not quirly.

Anonymous said...

bit of a girls shop....or if your a thoughtless boyfriend and need an emergency card for some apparently significant event.

Serves a purpose and looks nice.

tyrwhitt ali said...

The cards are actually reasonably priced but then my other alternative for emergency cards is Canary Wharf! Mostly presents for girls I would say.

tj said...

I go there for cards - but wish there was a slightly more masculine selection at times - but I do make a point of ALWAYS buying my cards from there - including my Christmas cards (they do charity ones). I like it that Magi's was the first to give business a go in Coulgate street.

Brockley Kate said...

Haha, I too have used Magi for last-minute, oops-I-forgot presents for both adults and children before. Very good stuff and lovely staff too. And they have posh soap, too, which I keep meaning to try out ...

Anonymous said...

excellent things at reasonable prices.

would it be asking too much to have the volume turned down a bit (or am I turning into an old lady?!. it actually drove me out the other day - so loud I wasn't prepared to wait to pay for something.

but overall, fab shop absolutely.

Transpontine said...

Perhaps the first of the current wave of shops in Coulgate Street... but I have been told that there used to be a vegetarian cafe there called the Brockley Bean, before my time in the late 1980s - possibly even in the building now occupied by Magi, with a neighbouring bicycle repair shop. Anybody remember these or have any more details?

Tressilliana said...

In the very late 80s and early 90s I remember a wholefood shop called The Brockley Bean in Coulgate St. I can't remember if it had a cafe attached. It was run by a co-op and not very well run. There was a team of volunteers who turned up and opened the shop etc when they could, which meant that its opening hours and stock were very unpredictable. I wasn't too surprised when it closed down. I can't remember which shop it had but it was more or less opposite the exit from the station. The only other business that survives from that time is good old Speedicars. I think the bookie has gone.

Anonymous said...

Not particularly surprising then that a cafe staffed by vegetarian volunteers would be disasterously run...

Anonymous said...

WEST SIDE CAFE NEWS!!!!

I CAN CONFIRM THAT YESTERDAY I SAW (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER) WORK TAKING PLACE INSIDE. LOOKS PRETTY BIG AND AM QUITE EXCITED. FINALLY!

Anonymous said...

Well I expect that Lehman brothers was run by professional carnivores, still went to s**t though.

Anonymous said...

Is The Cat the only person that excited by a cafe on the west side? Get a grip.

Anonymous said...

please, I am new to this countrie and new to this site. I arrive at Brockley statoin yesterday and tried to get a mini cab, but I couldn't see a cab office anywhere. What it cab you all use?

Anonymous said...

The now unlit Speedicars, I guess

I hope somebody doesn't come into trouble because they can't see the taxi office on a dark night :(

Anonymous said...

Oh come on! The most blatant wind up.

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13.24 said...

Great little shop. What gets me is how tiny the flat above it must be!

jt said...

Speedicabs can illuminate their sign, in the way that Degustation manages.

Why is that so complicated for some people to get their heads around.

Transpontine said...

People I have know have fond memories of Brockley Bean, as I say I didn't know it (living in Brixton at the time) but knew similar places run by volunteers as co-ops. Yes the opening hours were often erratic, but the point wasn't to be a business offering a service to customers, the ethos was more community self-help, making food available at low cost to others with not much money. There's still a food co-op like this by the Elephant (Fair Shares in Crampton Street, SE17)

tj said...

I feel so sorry for our visitor from abroad who couldn't manage to find Speedicabs - imagine - you've come all the way by plane or boat -across London, found the train to Brockley - and then have the misfortune of not being able to cross the road and see what's in front of your face, or ask a passerby.

Ah bless, I hope you found your way without a taxi. Brockley is a small place. Please visit again soon.

Headhunter said...

Anyone would think that you emerge from Brockley Station into completely dark or gaslit Dickensian Victorian streets! Either you just need to get glasses or eat more carrots, why does everything have to be floodlit with 100 watt bulbs? Enough of the light pollution already....

Anonymous said...

thanks to Headhunter and tj, you are both very knid poeple, but where I come from we have trabant and similar cars and not very much streetlight. We also use donkey cart on occasssion.

I come to Brokcly to help brohter who is plumber, very good and cheaaps

thanks for blessing

I am partially sighted so I'm sure it will be good for thats

Anonymous said...

maybe hh can give you some advice on obtaining a council flat, he seems to understand how and why people end up in them

Headhunter said...

Yeah, head on down to Lewisham Council, they'll probably put you up in a flat lickety split....

spoon said...

Hi, I heard there was (and will be) Xmas market in Coulgate Street. Any pix/info reg. that? Would be most appreciated.Cheers!

Tressilliana said...

Try these links:

http://brockleycentral.blogspot.com/search/label/Market

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lesley wills said...

Hello Maggie
My name is Lesley Wills and I am the person who lived above and helped start off the Brockley Bean, so many years ago. I am so pleased to see you are keeping up the energy in Coulgate Street which was in the early days before us cannal cottages. All the best Lesley Anglesey

Transpontine said...

Hi Lesley - so was the Brockley Bean actually in the shop that later became Magi's (and which is now part of Broca cafe)?

Would be interested in knowing more about the Bean, e.g. was it a cafe or just a wholefood shop?

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