LATE-night shopping is coming to Leigh in a bid to boost business and make the most of the Christmas rush.
Independent shops and cafes surrounding Leigh Broadway will stay open for additional hours so shoppers no longer need to stress about last-minute Christmas shopping.
On Thursday, December 8, businesses along Leigh Broadway, Broadway West, and Rectory Grove will be staying open until 8pm for shoppers to find the perfect festive gifts.
A selection cafes and eateries will also be staying open late serving mulled wine and other festive drinks and nibbles.
Claire Jeavons, owner of shops Thirty3 and 110 Yards has worked closely with other Leigh retailers to launch the late-night Christmas shopping event.
She said: “Leigh is such an amazing place to own a business, we have the best customers who really enjoy shopping independent – finding clothing, homeware, gifts and so much more that you don’t find on the high street or online.
“Everyone taking part is hoping for a busy evening of shopping, socialising and enjoying the very best of all we have to offer.
“This town is full of lovely people who’ve enabled our doors to stay open throughout the pandemic. With so many cool, creative and thriving places to shop and eat, we are hoping to do more collectively to celebrate everything we love about Leigh-on-Sea and our community.”
Hannah Baker, owner of Drink Clink, added: “I think it’s really lovely, it was organised by Claire Jeavens she has really brought everyone together and created a great community get together which I think was really necessary. We do a range of brilliant winter wear.”
The independent business have also joined forces to launch an Instagram page highlighting the variety of businesses in the area.
Leigh councillor Ashley Thompson added: “It sounds so wonderful; we really are blessed with having a thriving a community of shop owners who can deliver the best service during the Christmas period.”
You can follow this collective of independent shops, cafes and bars of Leigh on their newly-launched Instagram @Love.Leigh.Indies