In 1907, following a spate of High Street fires, Lewes Borough Council opened a new fire station in North Street and approved the hire of the Stuart & Moore fire alarm system. Press button call points were set up in important spots around the Town with a glass face to be broken in case of fire. These were connected to the fire station.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
I have been open now a year. Cheese Please opened first in 2007, the previous owner retired in 2018, closing her shop on the High Street. In 2019 I bought the name and reopened Cheese Please in its original location.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
I have noticed that during lockdown and in the aftermath, people's desire to support local producers has increased. Customers are also entertaining more at home as opposed to dining out, luxury treats are definitely in demand.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Having stayed open during lockdown as a food shop, I have been touched at the level of support I have received from Lewes locals. During the lockdown I would see some customers very regularly, these interactions kept me going through a very difficult time.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
I really enjoyed visiting Bright Ideas when it was open, it was great for little gifts and essentials.
Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
I will really miss late night shopping this year, there is always such a great festive atmosphere. It's a great event and very important for all the independent retailers on the High Street.
Fran at Cheese Please