24 Jan 2013
I absolutely love Capel St and am willing to stake a claim for it being by far the most diverse and commercially interesting street in the whole city. What other street even comes close?
On one narrow street we have (just off the top of my head) furniture shops, a rubber stamp shop, a model shop, building suppliers, hardware stores, charity shops, sex shops, a head shop, a uniform suppliers, the city's most famous tailor, camping shops, "army & navy" shops, barbers, hairdressers, a cake shop, a Moldovan supermarket, a "gas fires" shop, convenience stores, antique shops, a sound & lighting shop, a shoe shop, a martial arts shop, a window blinds shop, a musical instruments shop, an acupunturist, the gay resource centre (Outhouse), a body builders' shop, karaoke booths, pet shops, phone repairs, lots of lawyers, a habadashery, a fabric and trimmings shop, an optician, cafes, chippers, street hawkers with strawberries in prams, restaurants (from one of the city's oldest family Italians, to Polish to Turkish... to a huge range of Asian retaurants, including arguably the city's best Japanese), a micro brewery, trad pubs, an early house, a gay bar (that's us!), and even the office of Youth Defence. And I know I've left plenty out.
Seriously, where else would you get it? And we all rub along pretty well together, even if I was sorely tempted to call the clampers to Youth Defence's office yesterday...
UPDATE: On Twitter someone pointed out that while he likes the street he wishes the signage was more authentic and less "Atlantic City", and while I agree in general, I also happen to love some of the signage. In fact my favourite sign in the whole city is Millets Camping, which, while technically on Mary St, is only a couple of yards from the Capel St corner. This pic I snapped earlier doesn't quite do its chunky, serif, primary boldness justice 'cos there was a bit of council work going on in the street getting in my way.
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