Family-run businesses are part of what gives Cross Gates its unique appeal.
Wilsons Butchers opened its doors 28 years ago and is blazing a trail for other independent shops in the area.
The butchers on Austhorpe Road makes up to 10,000 pork pies every week and has won national awards and competitions.
John Green, who co-owns the business with brother Andrew, said: “Cross Gates has probably had about eight butchers over the years but this shop has always been known for its quality and it is trusted and that’s why we are still here.
“The biggest enemy for independent businesses is the supermarkets, as many people shop there for convenience.
“But people are realising that for fair prices and quality, supermarkets are not always the answer.
“Without little shops like us, Cross Gates would not exist.”
Fifth generation butchers Andrew and John acquired the long-established shop in 1985, which used to be run by Sybil Wilson and Harold Lunn.
Next week Wilsons will unveil its brand new extension, which will include a larger deli area as well as meat and self service counters.
John added: “It is important for us that we invest in the shop and in Cross Gates, as we want to be here in 25 years’ time.
“There is no reason why Cross Gates can’t be like Chapel Allerton and be an up and coming area.”
Gavin Sharlotte, shop manager of R.K. Harris and Sons – a greengrocers on Austhorpe Road.
He said: “We are Cross Gates – we’ve been a part of the area for so long. We have wan established customer base who trust us and won’t go anywhere else.
“It’s hard for other businesses to compete with such loyal customers.”
Kirstie Lancaster, managing director of Arts and Flowers, said: “You can’t beat the customer service in independent shops.
“Our family business has been here for 40 years and we treat everyone as an individual, which is why they return.”