Stroll here for some serious shopping

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WICKED – that’s August in Spalding’s Winsover Road, where serious shoppers go for specialist advice from a range of great businesses.

Now the summer holidays are nearly over, the independent shops in Winsover Road are getting ready to kit you out for Autumn.

Parents can book the kids in for lessons in guitar or keyboard at weekends and after school at Spalding Music Services, the family shop that’s evolved since the 1970s into a music academy and retailer of instruments and sheet music.

Further along Winsover Road beyond the railtrack, you’ll find sports gear and bicycles for the new term at Gibbons Cycles, which has an even longer pedigree of serving the people of Spalding.

If mobility’s a problem for anyone in the family, at Paul Taylor, across the road from the Winsover Centre, they can advise you on what will best suit from a range of electric scooters and other aids.

This year they may well direct you to their new bigger mobility showroom recently opened in Swan Street.

But thriving independent Paul Taylor’s core business in electrical goods remains solidly based in Winsover Road and its customers appreciate the personal service and knowledgeable recommendations of its staff on the latest TVs or fridge-freezers, kitchen gadgets or digital radios.

Close by on the same side of the street customers have continued to beat a trail to the door of Aron Moyses Home Improvements for discriminating advice and a highly skilled workforce.

The sluggish housing market of the last few years has if anything benefited the business as people who can’t sell are adding extensions or refitting kitchens and bathrooms to make the most of where they are.

Winsover Road offers all this and far more, including two good value supermarkets Aldi and Lidl and a varied feast of cuisines from all nations, both eating in and takeaway.

Take a stroll and find out for yourself.