Wednesday 11 November 2009

St Ives Cornwall - Shops

Trims Greengrocers - Now Sadly Closed

I was really surprised when I got back from holiday in Spain to discover that another long established shop in town has closed - Trims Greengrocers.

I don't know the full story but I heard that they closed down suddenly, with only a couple of days notice. Also that they're closed for good. If you know any different let me know.

That leaves us with just one specialist greengrocer in town, although the Co-Op sell a fairly good range of fruit and veg as well. Also just one family butcher (there were three) and one fishmonger.

St Ives Farmers market has some great stuff - but that's only once a week.

I don't know why Trims closed - it may have just been a personal decision by the owners. But I hope that we don't lose more "everyday items" shops over the coming months.

With Woolworths now gone there are several things that are hard to find in St Ives and require a trip to Penzance or Truro. Here is my (extremely random) personal list - please add your own in the comments if you want:
  • Shoelaces.
  • CD-Rs.
  • Music CDs.
  • DVDs.
  • Everday clothes - we don't wear fisherman's smocks all of the time.
  • Work clothes - unless you have a job as a surfer.
  • Children's toys.
  • Electrical goods - tellys, radios etc.
  • Lighter fuel for Zippos.
  • Art materials - canvas, brushes, paints etc.
  • Pens and inks.
  • Kitchen stuff - pots and pans etc.


  1. Maybe the owner decide to retire and travel around the world.

  2. - underwear
    - spectacles
    - key cutting? is there a key-cutter?

  3. Has the shop Serendipity gone as well ????

  4. As far as I know Serendipity is still open on Fore Street - was last time I passed. Their website seems to be down though.

  5. Thanks for that many regards from liverpool

  6. Serendipity is alive & well & may be moving to an new great big shop soon so there is room for lots more fair trade goodies.

  7. There's AID locksmiths who have a key cutter in Porthmeor Studios at the Back End Road end of Porthmeor Road, just behind the Fish Pi Gallery and the fishmongers.