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Reviving Fashion – How you can help your local fashion industry

How you can help your local fashion outlets.   Covid-19 affects us all and it’s hardly surprising the global fashion industry also came to a grinding halt. But Alexandra Boardman, who runs Alexandra’s of Keswick, believes change is inevitable, positives can come from global trauma and as the world starts to wake up, your local retailer […]

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Local business need you now more than ever!

help local business Ever since our first magazine went to print over 13 years ago we have worked in hand in hand with local businesses.  We know how hard they work, how tough they have it and how they make our communities what they are. ‘Shop Cumbria’ is not a catchy line we trot out […]

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Service You Can Rely On With Harpers Of Cumbria

Harpers Cumbria has built an enviable reputation for customer service. The family-run garage was established in 1990 and General Manager Greg Harper, believes their pride in going above and beyond for clients, and strong family values, have been the key to their success. “Our business is built on our integrity, honesty and reputation,” explained Greg.  […]

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The Shop that Whitehaven Needs – Mason’s

Mason’s of Whitehaven Mason’s in Roper Street is a Whitehaven institution.  Opened in 1973 by John and Jean Mason, they specialised in repairing and reconditioning vacuum cleaners, washing machines and household appliances.   “They also sold spare parts and all those things you won’t find anywhere else,” said their daughter Louise Robson. “Things like the light […]

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Cumberland Electrical – Cleaning Up For 60 Years

Cumberland Electrical has looked after businesses for 60 years but the last six months have been the most crucial.   We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe during these strange times where daily cleaning and sanitising are just as important as handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID 19.  Cumberland Electrical has always […]

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London, New York, Shanghai… and Carlisle

Steed Bespoke Tailors have built a reputation as one of Savile Row’s finest since the company was formed in 1995.   Steed was founded in Carlisle by Master Cutter, Edwin Deboise, who has nearly fifty years in the industry and has fitted outfits for fashion icons such as Franco Moschino, Nicola Bulgari and Manolo Blahnik. In […]

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Say It With Flowers at Bay Tree Florists

There’s something a bit special about going to a florist that begins when the evocative scent of thousands of flowers envelops you.   Buying flowers from a florist is always more impressive than grabbing a last-minute bouquet as you walk out the supermarket door and if you really want to say I Love You, I’m […]

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Net A Great Christmas Gift

The staff at the Treasure Trove Gift shop at The Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport have a great feel for what visitors, and locals, are looking for this Christmas.  They are always on hand with suggestions, if asked, which means they cater for impulse purchases by visitors as well as meeting the needs of […]

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A Sustainable Christmas

Yule was a pagan feast that observed midwinter rebirth, while Christians honour the birth of Jesus at Christmas but with traditions on the decline, our modern celebrations threaten to develop into little more than a show of excessive consumption. We have been convinced our obligation is to part with crippling levels of hard-earned cash on […]

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Shop Local Gift Guide

It’s a lot of pressure to get something special for everyone close to you, particularly when everybody seems to be hard to buy for. No need to worry, we have some great local ideas that might just save the day.  Aromatherapy Matters Clinical Aromatherapy can be an effective way to enhance well-being and with a […]

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