A new report has revealed that Shawlands on the southside is bucking the trend and quietly pulling together to reverse trading declines.
While the last decade has not been kind to small shops, the survivors are combining skills to improve, and sometimes save, their communities.
According to AXA, eight in ten small stores participate in community projects with other shop owners, and are proactively investing in their area and creating a unique - and new - local character.
Run by husband-and-wife team Moyra and Craig Morrison, Love Vintage combines a furniture restoration studio with an antique shop in Shawlands, and is just one such example of active regeneration locally.
“We’re just one of a wave of new shops that have appeared in Shawlands in the last three to four years – and they all have a similar ethos to ours. This area used to be fairly run-down, and empty shop fronts stared out on all sides. But walk around today and you’ll see plenty of quirky little boutiques, salons and bookshops.” said Moyra.