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Keep it in Cumbria this Christmas and treat your loved ones to unique gifts from your local high street.    For something for everyone… Little Whims, Whitehaven With a gorgeous selection of carefully chosen, unique gifts and handcrafted items, Little Whims has something special for all ages. From personalised baby blocks and traditional wooden toys […]

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History is still being made in Carlisle at Moduals

The thing about fashion is that it’s constantly moving, what is hot one day can be stone-cold dead the next, or so it would seem. But every now and again fashions will come and endure.  An attitude will blend with a unique style at just the right time, merge those ingredients with a distinct genre […]

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The time has come for local businessman

This week local entrepreneur, 22 year old Rory Wood begins a new business venture when he launches his own brand of watches – Midas Watches. Rory who is from Arlecdon spoke to the Guide this week in the run up to his launch event which will take place on Friday 16th of November 5pm at […]

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Get to know the artist and come to love their work

Brampton’s Castle Framing will celebrate their 20th anniversary on Saturday the 10th of November and they are opening the shop to the public to show what’s involved when an artists brings their work into the framers.  From start to finish people have the opportunity to see how that artwork is scanned, printed and mounted in […]

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The Rum Story create specialty products with Jeffersons Rum

The Rum Story are joining forces with Cumbrian food producers to create speciality products from their own award-winning Jeffersons Rum.   Home of the world-famous rum, the Rum Story’s luxury gift shop Jeffersons, is renowned for its commitment to local producers. Set in the original Jefferson’s wine shop on Lowther Street in Whitehaven, it is […]

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Oak Tree Animals Charity shop opens in Carlisle city centre.

Oak Tree Animals Charity extend their community offering, as the first Charity shop opens in the city centre Oak Tree Animals Charity, in Wetheral Shields, near Carlisle has a great deal to offer. Not only is it a centre for the local community to seek expert advice for their cats, dogs and horses, the charity […]

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Alexandra's of Keswick

Alexandra’s of Keswick: Ethical, Sustainable and Stylish

At Alexandra’s of Keswick, they believe that clothing should be ethical, sustainable, thoughtful and of course, stylish. Forget fast-fashion, independent clothing and accessories store Alexandra’s want women to wear their clothes again and again and again. Since opening in 2010, owner Alexandra Boardman, has been an advocate for smaller, ethical and sustainable labels, where possible, […]

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Little Whims Lara

First Birthday Celebrations For Little Whims

One of Whitehaven’s most beautiful independent shops is celebrating its first year of business. Selling quirky gifts, cards, homewares and accessories, Little Whims opened in early August last year, in one of the Market Place buildings that received funding to be renovated through Copeland Borough Council’s Townscape Heritage Initiative. Owner, Lara Schwab is delighted to […]

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Necessary Angel

New Season, New Designs at The Necessary Angel

Local jewellers, The Necessary Angel, have introduced a range of new contemporary designs at their shop on Tithebarn Street in Keswick. New work this season includes stunning silver, oxidised silver and gold ranges, some set with pearls that elegantly wrap around the wrist, finger and neck. The oxidised silver with 14ct gold detail, ‘Layers’ collection […]

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Will It Fettle Band

Will It Fettle? Meet The Artist Breathing New Life Into Old Cutlery

For one Cumbrian pipe-fitter, a debilitating fifteen-foot fall opened up a whole new world of artistic possibilities. When Paul McGuirk caught up with Wilfed Maw, who creates metal sculptures out of recycled cutlery under the name Will It Fettle, he certainly was in fine fettle. “I’m actually just in the workshop now,” said Wilfred. “I’m […]

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