Shop Days #3: The Jeweller

One of an occasional series where we get to see what it’s like being behind the counter for a day…
Time to meet Lloyd (pictured) who, along with pals Owen and Peter, runs Touch II Jewellery in Peckham’s Rye Lane. And has done for more years than he cares to remember.

Your day starts: We open at 9ish. Quite often 9.30ish. Sometimes 10ish.
What do you eat? A bit of this and a bit of that. Peckham doesn’t lack for takeaway food outlets.
Best bits of the job: We just love the relationship we have with our customers: that really is the beauty of running a small, independent business. The chit-chat. Being able to help people. Seeing that people care for us.
Worst bits of the job: This recession. There ain’t no bloomin’ money around. Times are hard.
Do you feel safe in your shop? Oh yes. Nothing much bothers us.
Would you want your children to follow in your footsteps? Hell no.
Your day ends: We shut officially at 5.30. Although we often try to bunk off a bit earlier.
Back room secret: Bet you want us to tell you that there is a bulging safe in our back room. Sorry to disappoint you: it actually consists of a small workshop where we carry out repairs.

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