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POPULAR CARLISLE BUSINESS FINALISTS IN FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

K&S McKenzie is a family businesses of over 50 years with two premises in the city. They started off this year with a bang having been shortlisted as finalists in the 2021 Family Business of the Year Awards.    The awards are run by Family Business United, an organisation which prides itself on supporting and […]

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50 Years of Excellence

Whitehaven’s independent jewellers, J. O Dixon, have been creating the sparkle that’s helped couples declare their love for 50 years. “My dad, John, set up the business in 1970,” explained current owner Helen Dixon. “He bought it to keep my Nanna, Ada, happy. At the time my family had fishing trawlers and ran a fishmonger, […]

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More Reasons to Shop at Marion’s.

If anything has come to light over the last year, it’s just how important local shops like Marion’s in Egremont are.   They have always been the beating heart of our communities but recently many have found themselves at the centre of the community during these trying times as they delivered food and supplies to […]

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Out of The Blue, Wigton’s very own treasure trove.

Out Of The Blue, in Wigton, is an Aladdin’s Cave of gift ideas for every occasion. Alana Huntington opened the doors to her independent shop in 2017 and hasn’t looked back, she explained: “It’s like a tardis really, we don’t look that big from the outside but step inside and you’ll find all sorts. People […]

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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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