9 Ways to pick a Good Building

Prompted by a ‘How do I get started?’ phone-call. You want to develop a permanent commercial space, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps there’s something here for you. 1 – Where does my business need to be located? This relegates all other decisions. Most of the time you just have to…

Tour Shots

  A good brew and then out on the road. Here’s just some of the bikers now enjoying Prologue Perfomance cycling. The shoot is by Jude Palmer back in February. She captures well the atmosphere of the place. The people, the atmosphere they create, the buzz. Jude is the…

It All Starts Here

Prologue is finally open in Harrogate. It’s busy already. Its got everything the sports cyclist would need. But its not cold and commercial. Its a space that feels like home for many already. Its about performance bike riding, but it doesn’t intimidate. Maybe thats why its full of cyclists…

Prologue Progress

Taking advantage of a tea break on site yesterday to get some shots. I’ll do a full run-down on all the good folk involved in this one when we complete next weekend. All are hard at it getting the space open for the  March 15th opening. The biggest issue…

Prologue Performance Cycling

Its coming to life slowly in Harrogate. Opening March 15th. Just in time to get established before the Tour De France comes to town in July. Can’t wait for this one. It will have; -Retail -Bike Fit Lab -Small coffee/food offer for those long distance riders to drop in…

The Local Bike Shop

What’s the best business model for a retail space in this climate? How do you create a destination that pulls customers back to the high street? Customers who freely admit to shopping online on price, but in the same breath bemoan the loss of a local services and culture….

Hiut Revisited

On returning, the reality is often this. Most of my design projects have been ripped out. Their lifespan can be short. They can hit the right note for only so long before circumstances change. Mostly I find new faces, some remnants of the design I shaped, or worse an…

Waiting

Kings Cross Station concourse, shortly to be ripped up to make way for another retail ‘destination’ crossed with a railway terminus. The floor, which is grim indeed got me thinking about change in buildings. These ‘queue’ lanes have been here since the last time it was re-designed (80’s?). The…

Retail – Part Two

GETTING REAL So perhaps you’re a relatively small business. Perhaps your aim is to pinch a bit of market share. How do you go about taking your great idea to the high street, or any street. I guess I could reel off a list of retail focuses or principles…

Retail – Part One

TELL YOUR STORY On a memorable holiday a few years ago, I stumbled across a small town while camping in the foothills behind St Tropez. All week my partner and I had been sampling local food and travelling the twisty roads through cork plantations, the smell of Mediterranean pine…