What do you do for a living? Owner of Sid & Evie’s children’s boutique in South Woodford.
How long have you lived here? 27 years.
Why did you move here? I moved out from the East End, it’s what most of my friends and family were considering at the time. South Woodford offered character properties which I love and access to green spaces, but still has the London vibe.
What do you like about South Woodford? South Woodford is a great melting pot of cultures. I love the fact that my kids have friends from all different backgrounds speaking different languages and have an understanding of different cultures. South Woodford has great restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Cafes with arts and crafts, French patisserie or a good old fashioned English breakfast. Community is a key part of South Woodford. At Sid & Evie’s we have watched our customers go from ‘babes in arms’ to senior school. We feel privileged to share that small part of their families lives. Often customers bump into their friends in store, it’s lovely to see them chat and catch up and be part of that.
What would I change in South Woodford? Well that’s a question close to my heart at the moment. People’s shopping habits! Without realising, our local community, like many others, are relying on shopping online. Of course there is a place for this, but remember the reason people chose to live in South Woodford is because of the schools, parks, restaurants and HIGH STREET. I truly believe the high street is the heart of the community where you can chat to friends and neighbours, just think, some people may not have family and this is their only contact with others. I don’t want South Woodford High Street to become a barren, soulless landscape, which it’s in danger of becoming if we don’t think before we spend. Think next time, could I shop local? Support your local high street!
Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. Finding my family home and business and watching my kids grow up in our home that I love.
Tell us something we don’t know about you. I’m passionate about my business and serving the community and making Sid & Evie’s accessible to everyone.
Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? Of course my recommendations are to support South Woodford in any way you can, look after what we have and work towards improving, even if it’s the tiniest thing.
Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. Diverse, caring, community.