Whilst the big chains continue to move in to Brixton High Street, one little corner of 'Brixton' still has a thriving community of local, independent shops. Traders at the north end of Brixton Road have been serving locals successfully for years and - despite the recession - there's hardly an empty shop or closed business in sight. I like shopping there cos the shop owners are helpful and friendly. I want them to have my cash, rather than the chain stores. It feels like a proper old high street. And most of the shops still adhere to half-day closing on a Wednesday - old school! You've got Tony's Fruits and Vegatables which (along with the Mace on Rosendale Road) is IMO one of the best fruit/veg shops around. The guys who work in there are always game for a chat and a laugh. Next door but one is Pound City which is run by a couple of cheery ladies and has a great selection of plants, flowers and vegetable plants alongside the cheap tat. Blissett's Building Supplies is great for all your DIY and garden stuff, and is also heavily used by tradesmen. There's loads of cafes/restaurants, including the Oval Tandoori (scene of the failed coup attempt on Gordon Brown by Geoff Hoon and Pat Hewitt) the Moonstar cafe (which now has outside seating) several latin cafes, Migue's Tapas Bar and the Adulis Eritrean Restaurant. There's THREE delis, including the excellent Malinka, Mimi's Deli and De Lieto, which appears to be a sideline from the owners of 'Bespoke Italian Kitchens'. Even the two estate agents in this row of 40 shops are local/independent firms. If you conveniently forget about William Hill, there's not a chain store in sight. Please support them if you can. I kind of think their resilience is down to the fact that there isn't a tesco metro or Sainsbury local in the vicinity. Although the worrying news on another thread is that tesco may well be moving in down the road at the old Russell Hotel pub.