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    Bartalls & Co.: A seaside town high street...

    by arturowan Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Walton town has changed with the times, & like many a seasonal resort, shows a different character out of season, when the tourists become scarce...
    But, as well as the seasonal fluctuations affecting the resort, Walton's retailing front seems to alter with economic times more than any other place I know...
    The resort used to be a typical seafront town, that could be characterised by 2 businesses - 2nd hand shops, & take-aways...
    The take-aways & snack bars remain, but the 2nd hand shops were a victim of the previous consumer boom, when nobody was being thrifty because credit was so easy to come by...
    In their place has come a few charity shops & souvenir-type gift shops, while a biker-styled cafe/boutique has opened at the end of the High Street, opened by the man who used to keep the Marine Parade kiosk, on the opposite side of the junction...
    Pubs to be found within the town, are The Royal Marine, Queen's Head, Red Lion, Royal Albion, The Victory, & The Walton Tavern, while out of town, near the Bathhouse meadow, is The Bathhouse...
    7 pubs is really rather a lot of establishments for something of a small town, a feature walton shares with Harwich, just across the waves...
    There is also The Sanctuary Bar night club, opposite the pier...
    0fficial market day is Thursday, but during high season, when tourist crowds make it lucrative enough for traders to travel down by van from as far away as London, Monday afternoon receives a secondary market in the same venue, the High Street car park, now known as Millennium Square...
    Walton must have been 1 of the very last towns in England not to have a high street 'hole-in-the-wall', but that changed when Tesco entered the scene, so now there are 2 ATM's, here, near the church, & at the other end of the High Street, at the obligatory Co-op...
    The most unique business in the High Street, is The Cherry Blossom Tattoo studio, which has gained some notoriety, because the owner specialises in only for the brave, 0riental-style, all-over body tattoos, & his artwork has been featured in specialist tattoo publications...
    But the most established business in the town is Bartalls & Co. - the shop is recognisable with a mural of Walton painted above the front, & its roller shutter, which during opening hours, means that the store is like a walk-in market...

    What to buy: Bartalls sells all those sorts of odds-&-ends that come in useful around the house & garden, like pots & pans, plastic bowls, mats & rugs, batteries, etc...
    If you're a biker, be sure to drop by the cafe at the end of the High Street, Revved-up, which specialises in leather jackets & T-shirt 2wheel fashion...

    Store of the town... Tattoos & piercings... Bikers cafe & boutique... The bakery... Walton is a resort full of eateries...
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    RNLI Giftshop: Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station...

    by arturowan Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Now that the Walton & Frinton lifeboat is moared at the end of the pier, the old lifeboat station has been turned into a maritime museum, meaning that the new HQ doubles as a souvenirs & giftshop, raising funds for the R.N.L.I...
    IF you wish to purchase anything from the RNLI catalogue, without having to use mail order, than visit the shop at the top of the hill, above the pier...
    As well as being the lifeboat station, on outside display are lists of every single callout the local lifeboat has attended since 1884
    A special plaque commemorates how the lifeboat was involved in 14 call-outs to pirate radio ships, Caroline, & London, either when DJ's were taken ill, or weather conditions were so severe, a capsize was feared...
    A clock & barometer are also mounted on the walls, & there are 2 old anchors from previous vessels...
    0pening hours; 11:00 - 04:00 Saturday/Sunday (10:00 - 05:00 daily, April-0ctober)

    What to buy: The shop sells all sorts of products, some specially branded 'RNLI' - including teddy bears in blue jerseys!
    There is preserved sea bait available, as well as toys, jigsaws, flags, teacloths, clothing, bags, torches & other electronic gadgets...

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