Our little local shopping street (Hoole, Chester) now boasts a brand new fish shop. When it opened there was a little knot of people on the pavement, getting excited about the prospect of being able to buy decent fresh fish locally again, and the fishmonger tells me that he is doing very nicely indeed, much better than expected. He sells manx kippers, small brown shrimps from Morecambe bay, and salt cod; also fresh game and quail eggs. He has even offered to try and source gesiers de canard for me (he already sells duck confit).
All of this, it seems to me, is in direct contradiction of what has been happening in local high streets, and yet it is thriving, and the owner has taken on more staff. I am surprised, but very pleased, that it could happen.