LEIGH’S Broadway has quickly become the place to go if you want to buy unique goods, visit quirky cafes and support independent traders.

The area is a magnet for creative businesses who make it their mission to offer their customers something that is ahead of the curve.

As the street becomes more popular than ever with residents, the Echo spent a day meeting all the brilliant businesses that call the Broadway home.

Jez Boutique is a family run business and has been going for 30 years and is well established in the area.

Echo: Erene KatsorisErene Katsoris (Image: Newsquest)

Boutique worker Erene Katsoris believes it is the personal touch that makes them so popular.

She said: “We have so many regulars here and the whole team loves to chat to people when they come in and make everyone feel welcome.”

The Little Card Shop is filled to the brim with bespoke, luxury cards, gifts and home fragrances.

Owned by Gill Riches, the shop is known for selling quality goods.

Echo: Shop worker Pauline Shop worker Pauline (Image: Newsquest)Shop worker Pauline Sangster said: “People come for miles to come to the shop because there is such a wide variety of cards. I love the Maison Berger fragrances, they are amazing and we have some beautiful Christmas scents”

Refill Room is well stocked store is bursting with produce and smells of delicious coffee.

It sells all grocery essentials such as cereals, nuts, oils, pasta, grains and more as well as cleaning products.

Echo: Mr Allen has worked at the shop since it openedMr Allen has worked at the shop since it opened (Image: Newsquest)

Stuart Allen has worked at the shop since it opened in 2018. He said: “All of the produce is sold by weight, people can bring their own containers and stock up. Our most popular items are the nutty granola and the nut selection on offer.”

Left Bank Six is owned by Nicole Ivison-Hatch and the premises are filled with her intricate fashion designs.

Echo: Nicole with one of her stunning designsNicole with one of her stunning designs (Image: Newsquest)

Sequins and tassels adorn the clothes and it is a unique place to pick up an extra special item.

Rockamilly opened in Leigh 2017, the boutique sells the kind of clothes people can’t buy in high street shops.

Stacie Smith has worked for Rockamilly since it first opened in 2015 in Rochford.

Grate is the place to go to if you love cheese. They sell artisan cheese and dishes that celebrate cheese such as mac and cheese and toasties.

Ruby Rooms has a stunning exterior and has a very friendly team who are happy to help customers.

Manager Zoe Mansfield has worked there on and off since she was a Saturday girl aged 15.

Echo: Manager Zoe at Ruby RoomsManager Zoe at Ruby Rooms (Image: Newsquest)


Anna’s Plants has a gorgeous array of flowers and fruit on display as well as a Columbian coffee shop with a mouth-watering display of pastries and cannoli.

Fives Records was opened by Peter Driscoll 46 years ago and they specialise in new vinyl’s.