My Deptford High Street

Earlier this year, we bumped in to Rebecca Molina, the Deptford entrepreneur who helped create the Deptford Art Map, which itself morphed in to the South London Art Map. She said that the logical next step would be to create a resource which covered a much wider range of businesses in Deptford.


So here it is. My Deptford High Street, which describes itself as:

A business support website that enables local businesses and customers to work together to create a vibrant and sustainable community network representing the wonders of Deptford. The website is a social and local service for consumers and businesses alike. It makes it easy for local customers and local merchants to communicate directly with each other and share the information that’s important to them.

It's a beautiful site, as you'd expect from the designers of the Homemade London website, with great photography of the area- as brilliant an advert for Deptford, as it is for Deptford businesses.

16 comments:

Crofton Park Rambler said...

Looks great. I immediately think Brockley, Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park should have something similar. We have a critical mass of cool - we should show it off.

that said I am conscious this could risk duplicating alot of Brockley Central so its not clear how you'd do it. It would be nice to just get the web company to jazz up brockley central but I'm guessing the deptford site is either paid for by shop keepers or by the council? The best bit about BC is the warts and all impartiality (cue conspiracy theorists counter claims) and I'm not sure you'd have such free reign if funded by others. You also need someone to write the entries for the directory...

Maybe its best to keep BC separate after all...

Sorry for rambling post just thinking out loud...

So who pays for the Deptford site?

Brockley Nick said...

Pretty sure the site receives no public money. Rebecca owns the web company, so presume it was a fairly low cost exercise. time, rather than money.

I know we need to do a better job of showing off local businesses. The map and reviews are both unsatisfactory.

We are making some cosmetic improvements to the site shortly and I always mean to set aside some time to write proper descriptions of local shops and venues, but, despite being funded by the Illuminati, I never manage to get around to it.

kolp said...

"We have a critical mass of cool - we should show it off"

Oh dear, even IF that is true, to say something like that sounds naff and self-regarding in a way that contradicts the initial statement.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they would be willing to license out the design?

someone quickly register

www.mybrockley.com

CroftonParkCool said...

Nick,

On re-reading I do seem to imply that BC could look better...

I quite like your clear layout - but then BC is first and foremost a blog with other bits tagged on - its the other bits (map and directory etc) that the Deptford site does well - If you can jazz up BC then great but its the blog that gets the punters in!

And Kolp, Get over yourself. You know exactly what I meant and it was a throwaway comment on a blog not the mission statement on the front page of the proposed website. Besides I'd rather be naff than condecending.

kolp said...

CroftonParkCool said..."Get over yourself"

I think you need to take a bit your own advice there Nathan!

Brockley Nick said...

@Kolp - what happened to your wish for society to be 15% more Buddhist? For someone who finds peace in religion, you love to pick unnecessary fights.

kolp said...

Nick do you believe everything you read?

Danja said...

Anyone for BrocK=1ey handbags?

CroftonParkHandbags said...

Sorry Danja - I don't own a handbag... What would my Lethal Martial Arts and Cage Fighting Club mates say if they saw me with a girls bag?

NAT said...

A Hawndbawg!!!....?

Danja said...

I get the feeling only one dimension of that line has been appreciated.

But maybe I'm just fission for compliments.

tyler durden said...

"What would my Lethal Martial Arts and Cage Fighting Club mates say if they saw me with a girls bag?"

....Don't talk about 'Lethal Martial Arts and Cage Fighting Club'??

CroftonParkPreDetonator said...

Danja,

Criticality speaking, comments like that can cause a chain reaction leading to a melt down of the comments system

Danja said...

V good, now I just need Brockley Simon to either take offence or steal the idea.

rebecca Molina said...

Thank you for the mention Brockley Central very much appreciated.

Just to say I'm not the person behind the great SLAM, that is in fact Julia Alvarez, she has done an amazing job.

Also I have built MDH on a system we designed at Studio Raw that can easily be adapted so that your current functions (a blog) can be more visible, no problem. And for me it's just great to see a system I have built and invested in myself being used and being useful.

I will be getting some mini postcards with My Deptford High Street url and hopefully that will also help drive traffic to the site and populate positive content... with the current climate ever business needs as much support as possible, especially local support.

thank you again

Rebecca

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