Who do you love? 2010

Who do you love? is Lewisham Council's people's choice award for the best independent high street business in the borough.

In recent years, Brockley businesses have got close, but no cigar. The sheer weight of numbers using this site ought to give Brockley businesses an advantage, although we're also lucky to have so many strong contenders, that perhaps the vote gets split. It would be great if we could celebrate a buoyant last 12 months for Brockley business by helping them achieve some recognition.

So if you think Sounds Around deserves a Lifetime Achievement award, believe that Mr Lawrence deserves best animated short or want Browns of Brockley to scoop best breakthrough act, visit the site to vote.

With thanks to "Ian".

44 comments:

Hugh said...

You get one guess.

Brockley Kate said...

Linky no worky!

love detective said...

must be hard hugh, never being able to consummate that love

Anonymous said...

Getting a bit annoyed with the Brockley Mess. After several poor service incidents in it's first few months I decided to give it another go and went in there the other day. It was very busy and after looking for a table I had the temerity to turn my baby in his pram around in the space that they call a gallery. One of the waiters virtually barked at me, and gave me a stern telling off. If it is a gallery ( and I didn't see a sign) then it's a shit poor excuse for one. Last time i went to the tate I was allowed to push my buggy. lets hope they get their act together soon and treat people with a bit more courtesy.

Anonymous said...

you really want a sign to tell you its a gallery space??
i'm sure they have nothing against people pushing buggies, but obviously its not as big as Tate and the paintings are expensive, its just a precaution and with loads of buggies i don't reckon you would want to be the one that accidently knocks one of the pictures and has to fork out a lot of money for it.

Blue sky said...

For the first time, I'm finding this a difficult call to make - which is a great sign! For me it's between geddes, oscars and meze mangal.

Anonymous said...

It's basic manners. There's no need for the staff to get shirty.

Anonymous said...

Brockley mess IS a mess.
no love for that place, after quite a few attempts.

I will be voting for Geddes.

Brockley Nick said...

@Kate - bugger, will try again.

@Anon - I've had a similar experience at Brockley Mess but please can you make these comments on the various Brockley Mess threads. This thread is meant for unalloyed praise for local business - who do you love?!

Michael Dinner said...

I'm wavering... having sung the praises of the Orchard, on closer inspection - after a fatty pepper steak, exchanged for some fatty chops and cold spinach, and unparelleled cullinery misfortune -the Dinner's Winner Great Nosh crown goes to.... the Talbot. (Sunday lunch a must, priced just right note, with the Orchard a tad on the high for food and drink.)

drakefell debaser said...

My vote goes to the Brockley Cycle Team. Friendly, helpful and the work they do is top drawer.

aunty kate said...

I've voted for Crowley Memorials. These people were so nice, helped thinking about the gravestone material, words etc It was put up as they said it would be - at a time when these things are all so sad and its such a miserable job to have to order a gravestone - they were good (in contrast to Co-op funerals). After my experience my cousin got them to do a gravestone for her grandmother's grave in Derbyshire because - Derby memorial people couldn't/wouldn't do it - but Crowley in Brockley did and could. They are good people to do (sad) business with.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely vote for The Shop on the Hill!

Anonymous said...

I will vote for Fishy Business as it never gets the recognition it deserves (which instead always goes to the really 'worthy' shops)...

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Lou Baker said...

Vote Le Querce.

Fabulous place - worth living in Brockley just for that.

Did I mention it's fabulous and you should vote for it?


PS: agree with the Brockley Mess gallery statements. I had a similar buggy incident too and won't be hurrying back.

PPS: The Broca is pretty damn fine too. Maybe I'll vote for them next year.

Lou Baker said...

Vote Le Querce.

Fabulous place - worth living in Brockley just for that.

Did I mention it's fabulous and you should vote for it?


PS: agree with the Brockley Mess gallery statements. I had a similar buggy incident too and won't be hurrying back.

PPS: The Broca is pretty damn fine too. Maybe I'll vote for them next year.

Anonymous said...

Not sure there is any one business that I love - I like a few, but I think they're all a bit Championship division so far. Don't think any are are quite Premier League yet.

Frankin's in East Dulwich is an example of somewhwere I'd class as a Premier League establishment. But that's a bit that too far away to vote for.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Nick on this one. These comments should be about which business you really like above all others locally not your individual dislikes and petty critisisms.
This is an opportunity for BC readers to be positive about local business.
Would-be investors are far more likely to come to the area if it is shown in a positive light by positive people.
The Brockley Mess like many other fledgling businesses does seem to have it's teething problems, but in my opinion, it looks great and people are voting with their feet-i.e it is very busy. If any of the critics can do better-they should throw their hat into the ring and open a cafe themselves. They will then be able to address all of the issues which supposedly make BM a poor business and take all of their trade-if it's that easy.
Otherwise they can address the management/owners of the business with their concerns and help them through positive feedback to put things right.
There have been many comments on the BM thread which is a forum for people to vent their frustrations or offer their compliments.
This "Who do you love? 2010" thread should be reserved for just that!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Nick on this one. These comments should be about which business you really like above all others locally not your individual dislikes and petty critisisms.
This is an opportunity for BC readers to be positive about local business.
Would-be investors are far more likely to come to the area if it is shown in a positive light by positive people.
The Brockley Mess like many other fledgling businesses does seem to have it's teething problems, but in my opinion, it looks great and people are voting with their feet-i.e it is very busy. If any of the critics can do better-they should throw their hat into the ring and open a cafe themselves. They will then be able to address all of the issues which supposedly make BM a poor business and take all of their trade-if it's that easy.
Otherwise they can address the management/owners of the business with their concerns and help them through positive feedback to put things right.
There have been many comments on the BM thread which is a forum for people to vent their frustrations or offer their compliments.
This "Who do you love? 2010" thread should be reserved for just that!

Anonymous said...

Sounds Around deserves some kind of business award for simply existing. How do they do it?
As an aside - every time I go in there I am reminded of Terrahawks....

peasoup said...

It's GOT to be meze mangal. Love love love it. And 5* Wines by the esso garage - lovely people and great selection.

Ian on the Hill said...

I would really like to see Sounds Around win this. Every year I nominate it, but never get anywhere.

It's one of those unpretentious but indespensible shops that make Brockley a much better place to live in. And it's been there as a family firm for donkey's years. Not trendy, but a real part of the fabric of Brockley.

Tamsin said...

Yes, Sounds Around. Established, friendly, and where else can you get a Santa suit when you have less than two hours notice that you need one.

Matt-Z said...

Totally agree, Sounds Around is fantastic. If you want something odd - an unusal lightbulb, some double-sided sticky tape, replacement flight for your darts or a wire to connect your iPod to your toaster - they'll have it. In fact they've never let me down. Their seasonal window-dressing rocks too.

Broca gets my second place award for their terific veg boxes which they deliver without fail.

Anonymous said...

Fishy Business! (has anyone, ever managed to eat a large portion of chips??!)

Think I'll vote Smiles Thai for consistency and great value.

Sounds around is ace too.

The Shop on the Hill sums up everything I detest about Brockley, however.

Anonymous said...

I must admit, I've never been in Sounds Around, but I want to now that I've read these posts! Fishy business is good too but I agree about the large chips - we now get 1 small chips between 2 people and it's more than enough! Fishy business might be aiding obesity in the area but otherwise it's a winner...

Brockley Nick said...

I too used to wonder how Sounds Around kept going, but since ditching my LoveFilm subscription and getting my DVDs from there, I've realised how much useful stuff they actually sell. Everything from bouncy balls to batteries, gloves to lava lamps. There are always other customers in the shop whenever I go in, too.

Plus, if the future of retail in the internet age is selling experience and theatre, rather than competing on price, then Sounds Around can't be beaten.

Tressilliana said...

I agree about Fishy Business.

Nick, how does Sounds Around compare with LoveFilm for DVD rental? I must just switch if I could be confident of getting a good range of stuff from SA. LoveFilm is just sooooo easy, though...

Brockley Nick said...

It can't compete on range, but I am mainly interested in new releases and they always have something I want to watch available - I usually get one a week and I prefer to be able to choose what I want to see to suit my mood, rather than picking 10 titles ahead of time and then discovering I have to sit through Munich when what I'm really in the mood for is Dodgeball.

They usually only have one copy of each title, so you have to have reasonably broad tastes to be confident of finding something you want to watch.

Bea said...

I love Sounds Around too! And not just for DVDs (the selection's not huge but great for a last minute decision when there’s nothing on TV). I regularly buy my wrapping paper there and before Xmas it was a god-send when the tree lights gave up their ghost - got 200 lights plus a tree topper at a bargain price. Also good for postage stamps and batteries. The one thing they didn't have (which surprised me) was sparklers for Guy Fawkes night but heck - nowhere else in Brockley had them either.

Tamsin said...

A great double act and genuinely concerned for their customers. I could never remember my membership number but that did not matter. Their combination of computer and index cards works fine. I was also totally happy with my young teenage children taking off there to rent videos. (Not so happy when they forgot to take them back and had to pay the fines!)

Tressilliana said...

Thanks all! I'm mainly not interested in new releasess, so don't know that we will be leaving Lovefilm, but must remember to pop into Sounds Around sometime soon and have a look.

Anonymous said...

Where Is Sounds Around ?,There a couple of things Ive been looking for.

Bea said...

Brockley Road, opposite Barge, between launderette and Maggie.

Monkeyboy said...

I think it also sells mad religious plastic ornaments. Manger snow storms, viceral cricifixion scenes - that kind of thing.

Always wanted to pop in, I may go for a nose at the weekend.

Matt-Z said...

I think Sounds Around deserves its own thread.

ppp said...

Interesting that S.A has so much support, my friend went in and said it's like something out the league of extraordinary gentlemen. For that description alone, I'm going to check it out and probably give it my vote.

monkeyboy said...

crikey, see my spelling?? woteva, you get the point.

Tamsin said...

I did wonder whether you meant vice-regal or visceral. (Well,no I didn't.) But it is terribly useful when you want that sort of token present. Wheh she was the right age for it I got my daughter two little "glass" horses prancing in front of a mirror - really very pretty.

mintness said...

I assume ppp's friend meant the League of Gentlemen rather than the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Though either would make me want to take a look, to be honest!

Anonymous said...

Its definitely a local shop for local people.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bea I will check It out.

Anonymous said...

Toadsmouth Cafe...where would we be without it?

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