Bala Post Office: An Aladdin's Cave!
This is more than just a Post Office, as it is also a well stocked shop to purchase souvenirs/ gifts, outdoor gear, wet suits, fishing nets, gadgets, watches etc etc as well as post cards and stamps of course!
We visited on the Saturday afternoon, when the actual Post Office Counter had closed (12.30 on Saturday, 17.30 Mon- Friday - opens 0900 Monday-Saturday)
The Post Office Counter offers a wide range of services including Free cash withdrawal, bill payments, passport check and send, Travel currency and Travellers Cheques, Savings and Investments, Insurance, International 'phone cards, E-Card top ups etc.
The staff were friendly and helpful here.
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What to buy: I purchased a couple of fridge magnets for just over £2 each - these varied from quite tasteful to 'tat' Most had a 'Made in China' sticker. Also a coaster with cartoon sheep from a range that excelled in the pun Ewe instead of You.
I also remembered to pick up a book of 12 x 2nd Class stamps and some post cards - 20p each! (I forgot to write these and send them though)!
Most items appeared to be very reasonably priced - Gilly splashed out a fiver for a watch!
What to pay: From pocket money prices to........well how many fridge magnets do you need?
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Siop-y-gornel (corner shop in english): best cakes and pies and bread ever!!!
The shop has been in Bala for a long time, but has lately been taken over and completely dusted down, by Feline and Adam, a young local couple. Apart from being a general grocery store and mini-mart, Feline bakes all the delicious bread on the premises,and Adam makes wonderful pies. Adams Mum Christine also bakes the most mouth-watering cakes. Although the shop has only been open for a short time (under Feline and Adam), they have already recieved accolades from various publications, local and national, including one from the dizzy heights of the Observer food review!. They have also made a lovely relaxing cafe area, for fresh made coffee, soup, etc. A lovely place to have lunch. I wish them all success for the future.
What to buy: Bread Cakes Pies and deli goods.
What to pay: All very reasonable for a small corner shop, competing with 2 supermarkets.
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