Selfridges in Harpenden?

By Ron Taylor. Editor

When you look at the incredible variety of retail shops in Harpenden and Southdown it all adds up to a giant departmental store.


So next time you think of going to shop in London, think again, it could all be here on your doorstep. Save the train fare, spend a day in ‘the village’ and sample the fayre from one of the many bars or restaurants.

The list below shows what’s available (up to Roundwood but excludes Southdown)

Art Galleries x 1

Art/Picture Frame workshop x 2

Babies and young children shops x 1

Baker and Cake shops x 2

Banks x 4

Beauty Salon/Spa/Nails x 5

Beauty/Cosmetics x 4

Betting shop x 1

Book shop x 1

Butcher x 1

Building Societies x 4

Carpet and flooring  x 3

Charity shops x 9

Chemists x 4

Coffee Bars/Tea shops x 9

Delicatessen x 2

DIY and Paint x 1

Dry Cleaners x 4

Empty Shops x 8

Estate Agents & Letting Agents x 11

Fast Food x 6

Florist x 2

Frozen Foods x 1

Furniture and fabric shops x 1

Convenience stores x 2

Gift & Card shops x 4

Health shops x 1

Jewellers x 3

Kitchen/Bathroom shops x 2

Ladies Hairdressers x 10

Ladies wear x 7

Men’s hairdressers x 5

Men’s wear x 1

Newsagents x 2

Opticians x 4

Phone shop x 2

Pet shop x 1

Post Office x 1

Restaurants x 15

Sandwich shop x 2

Sweet shops x 1

Shoe shops x 2

Shoe repairs x 1

Sporting goods x 1

Supermarkets x 3

Travel agents x 2

TV, Video & Hi FI shop x 1

Wine shops x 3

Local shop owners face many problems.

Rising rent and rates...declining disposable consumer incomes...pressure by the supermarkets to take market share from the independents...increasing popularity of shopping centres and internet shopping.

So go out and support your local shops.

New bathroom and plumbing services now in Harpenden at District and Modern Stores.

In July many Harpenden residents were dismayed to learn about the imminent closure of the Jacksons bathroom and plumbing business which had been trading on the High Street for 29 years. Jon Greer, a trusted and long term employee and owner since 2007, was also about to lose his job.

Thankfully Martin Gay the boss of MJG Property Maintenance and District and Modern Stores recognised the opportunity to expand his company activities by employing Jon and opening a bathroom and plumbing service on the first floor of the well established retail unit in Vaughan Road.

This was a natural expansion as MJG had been using Jacksons for many years and were well aware of the scale of their operation. So now Harpenden has a single retail shop where you can buy all your home needs for plumbing and decorating with specialist advice you can trust and at prices that are as competitive as any other retailer including the big names.

When you see dozens of trade business users at the shop you know it must be good.

The last month has seen the upstairs area cleared to make space for all the bathroom, sanitary ware and plumbing products with a desk for Jon to control the operation. So now you can call in and speak to Jon about all your needs whether it’s a new tap or a new bathroom. Bring a simple diagram of your bathroom and loo with dimensions and your budget. Jon can then take you through all the options, recommending products and give you prices. He will even recommend installers and tile and flooring experts to do the whole job. What more could you ask?

MJG Property Maintenance have been established in Harpenden for 28 years building a reputation for trust and reliability. Director Martin Gay said “We  know the trade inside out and as a firm we look after our customers with traditional values and personal service. We are looking forward to serving Harpenden residents for many years to come.” 

CONTACT DETAILS. District and Modern Stores

2 Vaughan Rd, Harpenden AL5 4ED

Phone: 01582 715004

The well established store at the bottom of Vaughan Road in the centre of Harpenden.

Martin Gay (left,Director of MJG)  in the first floor showroom with Jon Greer (right) the manager of the new Bathroom section where a large range of product is on display.

A large majority of UK shoppers are mistrustful of social influencers despite young shoppers admitting they are influenced by their suggestions.

According to new research conducted for BBC Radio 4 by analyst firm Savvy Marketing, 82 per cent of those questioned admitted it was not always clear when an influencer had been paid to promote a product.


COMMENT: How social media and its influencers are driving fashion

Despite this the survey, which questioned over 1000 shoppers, found that 54 per cent of 18 to 34-year-old beauty buyers said they were still influenced by their suggestions.

“The shoppers of the UK are a knowledgeable lot and tend to be pretty wise when deciding how much to trust an influencer’s recommendations,” Savvy Marketing’s Alastair Lockhart told the BBC.

“However, we can see from the research that it’s not always clear and a lot of younger people in particular are influenced by their suggestions.”

The meteoric growth of social media has meant that social influencers have become a lucrative resource for retailers and brands to promote their items.

Selfridges’ beauty director David Legrand added: “When you have an influencer speak about product straight away, almost within an hour of them promoting something, you can see uplift in sales. Brands are trying to influence the influencers or have influencers of their own.

“It’s sometimes difficult for the public to work out what is and isn’t bias.”



A single stem rose...a beautiful bouquet...a hand tied?

Confirm your order by Feb 13 to ensure delivery on the 14th
Perry Florist, 5 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RT

Phone: 01582 764554

Buy your Valentine’s Card at WHSmith and have a box of Dairy Box DELUXE for only £5 or Beau the Puppy for only £2.49

WHSmith 29 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RU. Phone 01582 460484

How romantic to get engaged on Valentine’s Day!

And there’s still time to have a beautifully designed diamond or gem stone ring in time for the big day.

Come in to Loveweds soon to look at the options and If you confirm the design by Feb 9 you will have your ring ready to pick up

on Feb 13.

Loveweds Jewellers of Harpenden

69C High St, Harpenden AL5 2SL Phone 01582 761866

Harpenden Beauty Business Rebecca Jade expands on the High Street doubling in size.

A glass of FIZZ sets the mood for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Champagne. Prosecco, Cava.

Choose a bottle to suit your taste at


52 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SP

Phone: 01582 767221

Show your Valentine true love with her favourite perfume.

Choose from our extensive range with 10% off Elizabeth Arden Gidft Sets and  top brands EXCEPT CHANEL.

Springfield Pharmacy

19 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RU

Phone: 01582 712104

A beautiful window display will tempt you inside to see a huge range of gifts for your Valentine.


7 High St, Harpenden AL5 2RT

Phone: 01582 766113

Be the great romantic and show your love with affectionate prose in poems and books. Selected especially for Valentine’s Day at Harpenden Books

48 High St, Harpenden AL5 2SX

Phone: 01582 471375