New Highams Park bookshop bucking trend

Andrew and Val Golds have recently opened V&A Books and Gifts in Highams Park

Andrew and Val Golds have recently opened V&A Books and Gifts in Highams Park

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A NEW bookshop has been opened by a couple in an area full of struggling stores.

Andrew Golds and his wife Val have launched V&A Books and Gifts in The Avenue, Highams Park, despite the recent arrival of a Tesco megastore and parking pressures, which retailers complain are hitting profits.

However 63-year-old Mr Golds said the new store has been doing well.

The retired banker said: "We're very pleased so far, we have lots of people coming in.

There's never been a bookshop here so there isn't much competition either.

"It's nice to be part of the fabric of the community."

The independent shop has replaced Paul Hancock Photographic, which traded for 40 years before closing in 2008.

It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 9am to 6pm and Mr Golds hopes to have a new shop sign installed by Christmas.

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1:48pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Techno3 says...

Good for the Golds. I hope this new shop is successful.
Good for the Golds. I hope this new shop is successful. Techno3
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2:28pm Tue 13 Nov 12

sunn says...

I shall definitely be popping in to do some Christmas shopping in there. Always good to support local small business and steer clear of tax-avoiding businesses like Tesco.

I wish Val and Andrew all the very best.
I shall definitely be popping in to do some Christmas shopping in there. Always good to support local small business and steer clear of tax-avoiding businesses like Tesco. I wish Val and Andrew all the very best. sunn
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3:35pm Tue 13 Nov 12

catnip10 says...

I remember Arnotts a bit further up when I was a child in the 1960's as my aunt worked there for many years. They sold greetings cards, toys and books there and was popular for many years.

I hope the new book shop does well - I shall definitely give it a visit next time I am around there.

Good Luck to them
I remember Arnotts a bit further up when I was a child in the 1960's as my aunt worked there for many years. They sold greetings cards, toys and books there and was popular for many years. I hope the new book shop does well - I shall definitely give it a visit next time I am around there. Good Luck to them catnip10
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3:52pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

I hope they do well but books selling is a tough market with the Internet etc. There is nothing like going in a small book shop though.

I rather like that small one up the High Road in Woodford Green.
I hope they do well but books selling is a tough market with the Internet etc. There is nothing like going in a small book shop though. I rather like that small one up the High Road in Woodford Green. Cornbeefur
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4:16pm Tue 13 Nov 12

jimboy66 says...

I wish them luck too but fear with Tesco over the road selling books they wont last very long.
I wish them luck too but fear with Tesco over the road selling books they wont last very long. jimboy66
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4:37pm Tue 13 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

jimboy66 wrote:
I wish them luck too but fear with Tesco over the road selling books they wont last very long.
Tesco like the other supermarkets only sell a very limited choice of New releases, independents can have more variety and sell or order for you more specialised items like a proper bookshop!
[quote][p][bold]jimboy66[/bold] wrote: I wish them luck too but fear with Tesco over the road selling books they wont last very long.[/p][/quote]Tesco like the other supermarkets only sell a very limited choice of New releases, independents can have more variety and sell or order for you more specialised items like a proper bookshop! NDevoto
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4:56pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Walthamster says...

Best of luck to the Golds.

Once again, where the council endlessly drags Walthamstow down, the wonderful people who live here bring it back up.

There are many ways a small bookshop can attract customers, with better service, or unusual books, or finding a niche market, not to mention a booklover's wealth of useful knowledge.
Best of luck to the Golds. Once again, where the council endlessly drags Walthamstow down, the wonderful people who live here bring it back up. There are many ways a small bookshop can attract customers, with better service, or unusual books, or finding a niche market, not to mention a booklover's wealth of useful knowledge. Walthamster
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5:03pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Walthamster wrote:
Best of luck to the Golds.

Once again, where the council endlessly drags Walthamstow down, the wonderful people who live here bring it back up.

There are many ways a small bookshop can attract customers, with better service, or unusual books, or finding a niche market, not to mention a booklover's wealth of useful knowledge.
Yes, like the Old 'Interesting Shop' in Walthamstow

They had a specialist array of books in there for sure, for rain mac brigades

I use to buy my fishing tackle there and a catapult.
[quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to the Golds. Once again, where the council endlessly drags Walthamstow down, the wonderful people who live here bring it back up. There are many ways a small bookshop can attract customers, with better service, or unusual books, or finding a niche market, not to mention a booklover's wealth of useful knowledge.[/p][/quote]Yes, like the Old 'Interesting Shop' in Walthamstow They had a specialist array of books in there for sure, for rain mac brigades I use to buy my fishing tackle there and a catapult. Cornbeefur
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5:36pm Tue 13 Nov 12

KWyatt-Lown says...

The very best of luck to the Gold’s. Don’t be phased by Britain’s biggest bookseller across the. As NDevoto says, they offer a very limited range and many will avoid them as a matter of principal.

Given your proximity to the station, can I offer one idea you might like to test. How about at least one late night a week to encourage commuters to drop in? In fact, how about hosting a Commuter’s Book Club?. One regular title you can feature, buy in volume at a discount and encourage even more of a community feel from lots of locals sharing the pleasure of a good read, as well as dropping in to browse and buy (maybe even with a glass of wine?)

Every success for your venture.
The very best of luck to the Gold’s. Don’t be phased by Britain’s biggest bookseller across the. As NDevoto says, they offer a very limited range and many will avoid them as a matter of principal. Given your proximity to the station, can I offer one idea you might like to test. How about at least one late night a week to encourage commuters to drop in? In fact, how about hosting a Commuter’s Book Club?. One regular title you can feature, buy in volume at a discount and encourage even more of a community feel from lots of locals sharing the pleasure of a good read, as well as dropping in to browse and buy (maybe even with a glass of wine?) Every success for your venture. KWyatt-Lown
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5:57pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

KWyatt-Lown wrote:
The very best of luck to the Gold’s. Don’t be phased by Britain’s biggest bookseller across the. As NDevoto says, they offer a very limited range and many will avoid them as a matter of principal.

Given your proximity to the station, can I offer one idea you might like to test. How about at least one late night a week to encourage commuters to drop in? In fact, how about hosting a Commuter’s Book Club?. One regular title you can feature, buy in volume at a discount and encourage even more of a community feel from lots of locals sharing the pleasure of a good read, as well as dropping in to browse and buy (maybe even with a glass of wine?)

Every success for your venture.
How many book shops have you run?

Glass of wine.

Why do you not pop in there buy a book and teach him the art of sucking eggs?

Instead of trying to run his little shop, why do you not buck the trend and open a Kwatt Klown Dragons Den style Business Advisory Emporium where you can make cups of tea and give out your advice with tissues for any shed tears.

Worse thing is when people try to tell you how to run a business when they have not got an ounce of clue.
[quote][p][bold]KWyatt-Lown[/bold] wrote: The very best of luck to the Gold’s. Don’t be phased by Britain’s biggest bookseller across the. As NDevoto says, they offer a very limited range and many will avoid them as a matter of principal. Given your proximity to the station, can I offer one idea you might like to test. How about at least one late night a week to encourage commuters to drop in? In fact, how about hosting a Commuter’s Book Club?. One regular title you can feature, buy in volume at a discount and encourage even more of a community feel from lots of locals sharing the pleasure of a good read, as well as dropping in to browse and buy (maybe even with a glass of wine?) Every success for your venture.[/p][/quote]How many book shops have you run? Glass of wine. Why do you not pop in there buy a book and teach him the art of sucking eggs? Instead of trying to run his little shop, why do you not buck the trend and open a Kwatt Klown Dragons Den style Business Advisory Emporium where you can make cups of tea and give out your advice with tissues for any shed tears. Worse thing is when people try to tell you how to run a business when they have not got an ounce of clue. Cornbeefur
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6:01pm Tue 13 Nov 12

KWyatt-Lown says...

p.s. A really cheeky title for the shop - but well done for using it - it should create some interesting Google traffic.

I hope you carry plenty of art and design titles!
p.s. A really cheeky title for the shop - but well done for using it - it should create some interesting Google traffic. I hope you carry plenty of art and design titles! KWyatt-Lown
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6:07pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

KWyatt-Lown wrote:
p.s. A really cheeky title for the shop - but well done for using it - it should create some interesting Google traffic.

I hope you carry plenty of art and design titles!
You are really on a roll now.

Maybe they could rustle up a few Cheese and Onion sandwiches in there for you and a mug of coffee whilst you tell them where they are going wrong?
[quote][p][bold]KWyatt-Lown[/bold] wrote: p.s. A really cheeky title for the shop - but well done for using it - it should create some interesting Google traffic. I hope you carry plenty of art and design titles![/p][/quote]You are really on a roll now. Maybe they could rustle up a few Cheese and Onion sandwiches in there for you and a mug of coffee whilst you tell them where they are going wrong? Cornbeefur
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6:24pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Isaythat says...

For God Sake Cornbeefur. stop this ridiculous childishness on every thread and stick to the topics.

I wish Mr. & Mrs. Gold every success in their venture. With the good news that the level crossing will be renovated, things are looking up for Highams Park.
For God Sake Cornbeefur. stop this ridiculous childishness on every thread and stick to the topics. I wish Mr. & Mrs. Gold every success in their venture. With the good news that the level crossing will be renovated, things are looking up for Highams Park. Isaythat
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9:17pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Isaythat wrote:
For God Sake Cornbeefur. stop this ridiculous childishness on every thread and stick to the topics.

I wish Mr. & Mrs. Gold every success in their venture. With the good news that the level crossing will be renovated, things are looking up for Highams Park.
Likewise so do I, Isaythisanthat, the patronising suggestions by Wyhat-Klown are the sort of suggestions that are not called for or needed by someone who has never run a business in his life.
[quote][p][bold]Isaythat[/bold] wrote: For God Sake Cornbeefur. stop this ridiculous childishness on every thread and stick to the topics. I wish Mr. & Mrs. Gold every success in their venture. With the good news that the level crossing will be renovated, things are looking up for Highams Park.[/p][/quote]Likewise so do I, Isaythisanthat, the patronising suggestions by Wyhat-Klown are the sort of suggestions that are not called for or needed by someone who has never run a business in his life. Cornbeefur
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9:41pm Tue 13 Nov 12

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Isaythat wrote:
For God Sake Cornbeefur. stop this ridiculous childishness on every thread and stick to the topics.

I wish Mr. & Mrs. Gold every success in their venture. With the good news that the level crossing will be renovated, things are looking up for Highams Park.
Likewise so do I, Isaythisanthat, the patronising suggestions by Wyhat-Klown are the sort of suggestions that are not called for or needed by someone who has never run a business in his life.
If you want to try and tell someone off for being patronising probably best not to do so whilst deliberately corrupting their names. Otherwise you just look like an idiot. Though not much change there
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Isaythat[/bold] wrote: For God Sake Cornbeefur. stop this ridiculous childishness on every thread and stick to the topics. I wish Mr. & Mrs. Gold every success in their venture. With the good news that the level crossing will be renovated, things are looking up for Highams Park.[/p][/quote]Likewise so do I, Isaythisanthat, the patronising suggestions by Wyhat-Klown are the sort of suggestions that are not called for or needed by someone who has never run a business in his life.[/p][/quote]If you want to try and tell someone off for being patronising probably best not to do so whilst deliberately corrupting their names. Otherwise you just look like an idiot. Though not much change there E17_er
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7:24am Wed 14 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

I will vote with my feet and pop in a buy a book or two and show my support with my hard earned cash. I will not be expecting a glass of wine either.
I will vote with my feet and pop in a buy a book or two and show my support with my hard earned cash. I will not be expecting a glass of wine either. Cornbeefur
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8:08pm Wed 14 Nov 12

KWyatt-Lown says...

As anyone who may have read the exchanges after the article ; http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/your_lo
cal_areas/10022892.N
ew_Tesco__making_ind
ependent_traders_los
e_out_/ will be aware, I have been seeking a simple response from Cornbeefur to two very straightforward questions. Why he elects to hide behind his self-confessed “user name” and what, indeed, his real name is.

Having been challenged by him on these same issues I was happy to provide an open and honest response. He has now spent the last seven days evading the questions himself, occasionally providing somewhat insulting and, indeed, frankly juvenile postings (I think we all might agree that “my dad’s bigger than your dad” hardly raises the bar on reasoned debate) that do little to enhance any reputation he might possibly seek to establish or maintain as a worthwhile contributor to grown-up and rational discussion within these pages.

So, Cornbeefur, I ask you once again: please have the good grace to return my courtesy and answer my unambiguous questions. Thank you.
As anyone who may have read the exchanges after the article ; http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/your_lo cal_areas/10022892.N ew_Tesco__making_ind ependent_traders_los e_out_/ will be aware, I have been seeking a simple response from Cornbeefur to two very straightforward questions. Why he elects to hide behind his self-confessed “user name” and what, indeed, his real name is. Having been challenged by him on these same issues I was happy to provide an open and honest response. He has now spent the last seven days evading the questions himself, occasionally providing somewhat insulting and, indeed, frankly juvenile postings (I think we all might agree that “my dad’s bigger than your dad” hardly raises the bar on reasoned debate) that do little to enhance any reputation he might possibly seek to establish or maintain as a worthwhile contributor to grown-up and rational discussion within these pages. So, Cornbeefur, I ask you once again: please have the good grace to return my courtesy and answer my unambiguous questions. Thank you. KWyatt-Lown
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1:36pm Thu 15 Nov 12

andrew golds says...

Val and I would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and suggestions. Anyone who has posted a comment is welcome to come and have a browse and see how we are doing. We would like to thank the people of Highams Park as well. The overwhelming reaction has been how pleased they are to see a bookshop here. It has been gratifying to see how many children are actually reading books. There are three primary schools in the area and children's books are proving popular. We hope to be a permanent feature of life in Highams Park for a long time to come. Thanks everyone.
Val and I would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and suggestions. Anyone who has posted a comment is welcome to come and have a browse and see how we are doing. We would like to thank the people of Highams Park as well. The overwhelming reaction has been how pleased they are to see a bookshop here. It has been gratifying to see how many children are actually reading books. There are three primary schools in the area and children's books are proving popular. We hope to be a permanent feature of life in Highams Park for a long time to come. Thanks everyone. andrew golds
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1:38pm Thu 15 Nov 12

andrew golds says...

Forgot to add that there is a lot of goodwill and community spirit in Highams Park.
Forgot to add that there is a lot of goodwill and community spirit in Highams Park. andrew golds
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3:54pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

andrew golds wrote:
Forgot to add that there is a lot of goodwill and community spirit in Highams Park.
I have visted and made a purchase as I like to vote with my feet.

I must say, they are a charming couple and will do well in the Good Will Department for sure.
[quote][p][bold]andrew golds[/bold] wrote: Forgot to add that there is a lot of goodwill and community spirit in Highams Park.[/p][/quote]I have visted and made a purchase as I like to vote with my feet. I must say, they are a charming couple and will do well in the Good Will Department for sure. Cornbeefur
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5:47pm Thu 15 Nov 12

andrew golds says...

Thank you Cornbeefer.

Say - who was that masked man?........
Thank you Cornbeefer. Say - who was that masked man?........ andrew golds
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