Canford Cliffs, an attractive, leafy suburb of Poole has the look and feel of a small village.
It is centred on a 200-metre long section of Haven Road - home to 5 banks, 4 estate agents, 3 hairdressers, a travel agency, a post-office, a convenience store, a bakery, several restaurants and bistros, and a number of other professional offices and a library.
The atmosphere is tranquil and friendly and the Canford Cliffs Traders Association has put a lot of effort into making the centre attractive - with flower containers and streetlights at Christmas.
And unlike so many of today's impersonal shopping centres, the owners and staff of all the businesses in Canford Cliffs go out of their way to make customers feel welcome and are never too busy to pass the time of day.
In the evening and at weekends the eclectic mix of restaurants and bistros and a popular pub, just off Haven Road, create something of a 'buzz'.
Canford Cliffs Trader's Association