The Traders Associated has been spearheaded by one man in particular over the years, chairman Johnny Hayes. Hayes, is a local councillor by trade up until 2018 when he stepped down. He used to own two shops on Bishy Road before selling them on. As chair, Hayes was the catalyst behind the events and street parties hosted on Bishy Road and he often campaigned to highlight the burgeoning independent sector in York.
Hayes was even accredited with an MBE for his services to his community and to Bishopthorpe Road over the years – a real stimulant in the transformation of Bishy Road. Now Hayes spends a considerable amount of time visiting tourist boards and councils around the country spreading his doctrine of independent, community living – showing York is really pioneering in the independent sector.
Through the hard work of the Traders Association and Johnny Hayes, Bishy Road has been transformed from a struggling high street, to a communal hub of indie shops, bars and food joints – earning the title of the Camden of the North. The road is a lifeline for its community, a haven of togetherness where visitors can be at one and explore urban York through the independent food and drink outlets found.
Visitors on the street will be greeted by a motley crew of independents that give Bishy Road its reputation: from cafes to coffeeshops, bars to burger shops , from hardware stores to hair salons, as well as florists, gift shops, cookshops, award winning pubs and much much more! Well worth the visit for the any occasion.