But I sort of miss the scruffy old Dalston that was here when I moved into the area in 1994. (Don't get me wrong - its got a long way to go before it's considered posh...) It worries me that all of this 'improvement' will drive out all of the things which made Dalston unique. The cheap and cheerful Turkish restaurants, the £1 jewellery stalls and cheap housewares on Ridley Rd market, and all the afro hair stores. And my favourites - the fabric shops and stalls. Normally, I like to keep all of my secret places to myself, but I'm going to share a few with you, in the hope that a few people will check them out and support them.
First, the stalls of Ridley Rd Market:
|Fabric stall, Ridley Rd.|
I also love this stall, just for it's craziness. I always find intersting buttons and trims here:
But the store I seem to use the most is Dalston Mill Fabrics, which is a permanent shop at the end of the market.
|Dalston Mill Fabrics, trading for over 30 years|
This relatively small entrance hides an Aladdin's cave of fabrics and haberdashery. There isn't really anything they don't have, from everyday fabrics to fancy evening silks and beautiful woollens. It's not the cheapest, but the selection is brilliant. This is just 1 room:
|A sneaky picture I took of the suitings room...|
|How insane is that?!|
Next, another long established Dalston business - William Gee:
|A recent bias tape themed display|
And here are the pretty pictures I promised - rainbows over Ridley Rd Market, taken last week: