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    • More fun now than it's ever been
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Is Byres Road in its current incarnation still The Place Tae Be?

Or was it better in the auld days...when it had actual real shops that sold things real folk needed?

Yese'll know my take on this...MLIR

but I've only been here since 1987, whit dae ah know?

Is not modern life rubbish? C'mon folks, persuade me otherwise...

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Byres Rd is becoming more and more an amusement park - eating, drinking, 'any spare change' at every corner - and less of a community resource. I don't know whether that's good or bad but I don't like the trend.

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Definitely more "fun" now. In the "guid auld days" there were fewer pubs, fewer eateries and the only cafes were the Italian ones (Cozy Neuk, Gardens, Grosvenor, University).

But was it better? Thats a difficult one! Morrisons is a better supermarket now than Galbraiths or Fine Fare ever were. We have lost the butchers shops but there is still a fish shop. We lost the old-fashioned grocers but have got Peckhams. We used to have 4 or 5 newsagents and now there is one .... but how many do you need? We used to have several bakers shops but still have Greggs. We used to have an ironmongers (Tulleys) and a toy shop right opposite.

In return, we have some fairly decent places to eat and drink, banks and building societies galore, sufficient food shops, chemists, etc.

I would say that Byres rd. is neither better nor worse, just different.

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Three, possibly four or five spring to my mind at the moment.

Apologies ..... I was thinking of the top of Byres Rd. ...... between Ashton Rd. & the Botanics. (Brysons, the one next to the Grosvenor, Denny, RS. McColl).

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I'd much rather have some more specialist shops like bakers and grocers and ironmongers than the plethora of building societies, banks and bliddy estate agents maself. And we could be doing with more clothes shops an a. At the minute it's either vintage, charity or wayyyyy upmarket, nothing in between.

And a decent BOOK SHOP :lol: A mini-Waterstones wouldn't go amiss.

I like what's been opened up in Ruthven and Cresswell Lanes. Good for a meander. I do think Ashton's got a bit over-developed though 'cept for wur Chip, Brel and the wee kinema, all good value.

I guess I dread Byres Rd becoming just like High St, Anytown. When Star**cks and thae phone shops opened I feared the worst. At least we saw off the Kentucky franchise :wink:

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the only cafes were the Italian ones (Cozy Neuk, Gardens, Grosvenor, University).

From tonight's Times, though the cyber version excludes a nice "Past & Present" photographic comparison.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/features/7019320.html

Edit: nope, I'm wrong again, click on the pics for the full size view. :roll:

Jings, there is even A quote from Artoo:

'I've worked at the university for 50 years and I used to come in and have the same ice cream then. It's never changed'

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Apologies ..... I was thinking of the top of Byres Rd. ...... between Ashton Rd. & the Botanics. (Brysons, the one next to the Grosvenor, Denny, RS. McColl).

Brysons? Where's that? Never heard of it.

What one next to the grosvenor?

Denny? Where's that? Never heard of it.

RS McColls - next to the tube? Know that one.

<scratchin heid>

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Definitely more "fun" now. In the "guid auld days" there were fewer pubs

There are way too many now and many of them are crap.

fewer eateries and the only cafes were the Italian ones (Cozy Neuk, Gardens, Grosvenor, University).

More than enough, surely? and not complete rip offs? and great service?

But was it better? Thats a difficult one! Morrisons is a better supermarket now than Galbraiths or Fine Fare ever were.

The old "supermarkets" didn't need to be great - there were plenty of other places selling the same stuff. They were a totally different concept.

We have lost the butchers shops but there is still a fish shop.

Only just!

We lost the old-fashioned grocers but have got Peckhams.

But Peckhams isn't the same idea at all. It is overpriced gourmet speciality stuff. You don't go there every day.

We used to have several bakers shops but still have Greggs

Not a proper bakers. I note you seem to not be taking the whole of Byres Road into consideration here..!

In return, we have some fairly decent places to eat and drink

Way too many, few of which are worth our custom - and a society that doesn't know how to cook, and streets full of aggressive drunks at flingin oot time.

banks and building societies galore, sufficient food shops, chemists

Quite. The biggest profits on Byres Road are all being made by the biggest companies. I fear for the few family businesses that are left - businesses on the left side of the street looking down the road at the Uni Avenue traffic lights have already been squeezed out by the fact of the landlord raising the rent to catastrophic levels. How long had Hair Oasis been there? How long had Abacus locksmiths been there? Both gone.

And - I've said it before & I'll say it again - the fact of no decent bookstore next to the uni is a disgrace.

I would say that Byres rd. is neither better nor worse, just different.

For me, it's quality that counts, not quantity. The quality of the experience is not there. I think Byres Road is in a bad way and heading headlong for worse.

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But Peckhams isn't the same idea at all. It is overpriced gourmet speciality stuff. You don't go there every day.

Too right son, give me "Goodies" anyday. :lol:

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...the fact of no decent bookstore next to the uni is a disgrace.

Agreed - and the one in the Uni is useless.

...I think Byres Road is in a bad way and heading headlong for worse.

Agreed - the Mustress Too now prefers to shop at Kelvinbridge - Mellis, Lupe Pinto, Roots+Fruits, Caledonia Books, GLR Stores, the 24 Hr Co-op, Reid's butchers, shops that sell wee things, the Cave. About the only thing it lacks, now that Maccallum's has gone, is a fishmonger.

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Brysons? Where's that? Never heard of it.

What one next to the grosvenor?

Denny? Where's that? Never heard of it.

RS McColls - next to the tube? Know that one.

<scratchin heid>

Brysons ..... was on the corner of Byres Rd. and Ashton Rd. where the bank is now.

When the Grosvenor fronted onto Byres rd., there was a smalll newsagent right next to it (Murrays ?????? .... can't remember).

Denny was next to the subway entrance

RS. McColl was next to the chip shop where that eatery is now. It subsequently moved to its present site which was, previously, masseys the grocers.

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I note you seem to not be taking the whole of Byres Road into consideration here..!

You are right .... and its a bad habit I have. I tend to think of Byres Rd. from Highburgh Rd. to the Botanics and ignore the shops and other businesses lower down. Its particularly silly as that is where I get my hair cut, my shoes mended and purchase the occasional strawberry tart.

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The only time we had a "good bookshop" was when Smiths occupied the shop where Starbucks is now. Prior to that, there was no quality bookseller on Byres Rd. It was a temporary interlude.

However, there was an interesting, and sometimes good, second hand bookshop on the block between Ashton Rd. & what is now University Place.

This is not to suggest that there should not be a quality bookshop. However, this is the nostalgia thread and not the wannabee thread.

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The only time we had a "good bookshop" was when Smiths occupied the shop where Starbucks is now. Prior to that, there was no quality bookseller on Byres Rd. It was a temporary interlude.

Well, if you want to call twenty five years and more a temporary interlude it's up to you. Most historians would term that as a generation.

However, isn't it fun to think that we once had a bookshop that sold a few records (pace Brian Hogg), aka Smiths, and now have a humungus cd/dvd outlet, Fopp, which sells a few books!

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Indeed, so. All power to Fopp but it would be nice if there was a shop that sold 'technical' books (in the widest sense) that you could browse in the way that Border's and Waterstone's allow. The nearest thing is the Oxfam shop and their shelves are obviously limited by what's donated.

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Smith's is still at The John McIntyre Building.

Dont be a pain in the arse Rico!

Drop it.

You're the pain in the ass Oz. You're only a mod. They come, they go and your time must be just about up,. And BTW it's Lynnski's job to look after the bag lady.

She challenged me to prove she'd said it was illegal after doing a quick edit to her original post. Of course you mods don't know that can be done without it leaving a "this post has been edited by L I A R" or whatever user name the poster has.

She's been caught by her trick of quoting everything in her replies and by some one who knows his way around message boards.

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Wasn't Goodies the first shop in Glasgow that opened 24 hours a day?

Not sure, TOG, I do remember many late night visits though. It's still called "Goodies" no?

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Smith's is still at The John McIntyre Building.

Only just - and it's nae use to man nor beast nor maist students, these days.

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Not sure either, TOG, it was certainly the only shop west of city centre that opened late, tho if memory serves around the late 70s and early 80s it wasn't 24 hour, used to shut around 2/3 ish.

Fond memories indeed of wending homewards (from the inevitable house party, after closing time at *he ***blet) up Gt Western Rd in the early hours of a summer Sunday morning, when the sky never got quite dark and road seemed to stretch for miles beyond the treelined terraces with the hills blue in the background. There's something about that vista Westwards that just makes you want to keep on going, know what I mean?

And stopping in at Goodies for the early Sunday papers, a packet of suspiciously pink Lorne sausage and some rolls which you had to tear off the slab and stuff in a brown paper bag that was never quite big enough....

Funny how the only rolls left at that hour were the well-fired ones..... :lol:

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and some rolls which you had to tear off the slab and stuff in a brown paper bag that was never quite big enough..

Fortunately the "slab tearing" and "stuffing" holds true as much today as it did in those days long past.

As far as the "Goodies" is concerened, I think that it shut around 3am. But memory does play tricks......... :D

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My then girlfriend had a flat in Cecil St about 1975. My recollection is also that Goodies shut in the early hours. There was also a Goodies curry-oot (now India Cafe?) that won the Monday Sail award for the best in Glasgow.

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