Raising the barbers for Brockley Cross

Morells is a new hair salon in Brockley Cross - an area not short of barbers.

Looks-wise, it's not the quantum leap that the Brockley Deli represented, but considering this unit used look like it had been disembowelled, this is a major improvement.

Phase One was "normalisation", with better policing and some much-needed investment in the physical realm. Phase Two is the "tidy up", with the various shops in the area being made over to improve their look and feel. Hopefully Phase Three is "profit".

Good luck to the Morells team.

9 comments:

AnonOne said...

Are you being a bit harsh here, Nick? Morells isn't a barbers, but aiming at a market with no Y chromosome so not in competition with the two nearby. The owners have done a good job renovating, but didn't start from such a low base the Deli so relatively not such an improvement. Anyway, agree with your phase 3 hopes. With Mus's Cafe's new sign and interesting work in the corner unit vacated by the electrical shop, it looks like the Cross may be - finally - turning the corner.

Brockley Nick said...

Just pointing out that there are lots of similar businesses nearby. No biggie. I wish it well of course.

anon said...

Missed opportunity.


Honestly, good luck to them, but there would be other business types that, if opened there, would definitely be significantly more profitable (and packed out by a lot of people in the community). e.g. Look at the Brockley Deli.

Matt Milton said...

"Phase One was "normalisation", with better policing and some much-needed investment in the physical realm. Phase Two is the "tidy up", with the various shops in the area being made over to improve their look and feel" Are these actual quotes – stated goals of a local authority? Be interested to read them at source - got a link?

Brockley Nick said...

Not quotes, no - my summation of what happened. The policing approach changed (basically, they decided to stop turning a blind eye to the drug dealing taking place here) and the Council finally decided to crack down on the local businesses dumping their waste on the pavement, making a disgusting mess. Plus, the long-awaited physical realm improvements took place, specifically designed to make it more of a civilised place for pedestrians and less of a car free-for-all.


There are plenty of stories about these three things, including some official quotes, if you click on the "Brockley Cross" label and scroll back through the articles.


The "tidy up" bit just means businesses starting to get their act together and new businesses moving in that had more respect for their local environment.

Brockley Nick said...

I don't think you can say with any certainty that something like a deli is going to be more profitable than a salon. Hard to make money out of any small business and there's lots of demand for hair and beauty services...

Lord Sir Alan said...

I would say a barbers is more profitable than a deli, assuming it gets a steady stream of customers to keep any paid staff busy.

Yesisaidit said...

This is the worst review and so pointless! Morells is NOT a barber get that right and is a sophisticated and successful shop so far. Stop being hateful because it is a Black young Woman doing well in the area. Well done Morells!

Brockley Nick said...

What is it about "Good luck to the Morells team" that sounds hateful to you?

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