Following the 2004 revamp of Poole's Dolphin Centre shopping mall the High Street was consigned to every other shop becoming a charity outlet. In order to revitalitise it the Town Centre Management and the Borough Council introduced a weekly street market.
OK every shop is still a charity outlet but the market has gone from stregnth to stregnth and is now bi-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) with an additional Farmer's Market on Falkland Square on the Thursdays.
Traders from all over the region set up a colouful variety of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to home hardware. The market is equally popular with locals and visitors and there are some excellent specialist traders. A favourite of mine is the guy who offer "Postmans Legs" for a mere £1.50 each - look tasty to me - Woof! Woof!
And there's an excellent little pub - The Milk Street Brewery's Brewhouse!
The Lush chain began in Poole on the old high street and as the flagship store this is one of the few to also have a spa. Their main offices are a little further round on Market St.
We found the sales staff to be the right side of helpful, they offered us things to try and advice on the best bath bomb for a cold (a lime one) which was tried later and definitely helped.
When I lived in London a housemate worked for Lush so I'd give her £10 and she'd bring me home a huge bag of products (she got a great staff discount) so I do like their products. They are more expensive than other highstreet shops but then that'd be comparing chalk with cheese. Lush use a lot of fresh ingredients made by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, are a UK manufacturer, only test on humans, have obvious CSR (corporate, social responsibility) policies; they used to make products for the Body Shop but when they sold to L'Oreal they decided to remove themselves from that company and create their own in Lush. They have certain product where a proportion goes to their chosen charity. They also have impressive green credentials. Their website has a wealth of information if you'd like to read further.
The Dolphin Centre was a thriving shopping centre back in the day. But lately it's been beginning to look extremely dated, and many of the top shops have moved out. Still worth a look, but I'm afraid I forsee a bleak future for the building.