Step into Wonderland, as Two Local Businesses Team Up to Create Something Magical

This September, a partnership between The Allerdale Court Hotel and interiors and gift boutique, Lily & Co, sees a brand new in-hotel shop open on Market Place.

The newly redecorated shop and Tea Room at The Allerdale Court Hotel, which opened on Friday 1 September, is everything Lily & Co is loved for. From the smell of the scented candles as you walk through the door, to the fairy lights and the LSA glassware.

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Owner of Lily & Co and Indigo Lounge, next door, Dawn Bamber and hotel owner, Kay Carlin have worked closely together for the past three years. Now they have teamed up to come at Christmas from a different angle.

Dawn said: “It’s a nice joint venture, the whole team gets on really well here and it’s just a really lovely environment for everybody to work in.”

Dawn merged her two Cockermouth shops at the beginning of the year, but with Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, knew she wouldn’t have enough floor space for her favourite season.

She explained: “Lots of people have missed Lily’s, they’ve told me that already, so hopefully as long as they know we’re here they’ll continue to support us.

“The idea of condensing the two shops into one was for numerous reasons, there was a lot going on and I needed to take some time out. But I’ve had a break now, autumn and winter are coming back and I can’t wait to do it again, I love it.”

She added: “Everything about it is just our time of year. It’s just so special, so pretty, it smells amazing and everybody is just geared up for a fantastic season.”

The new venture is set to make Christmas shopping an enjoyable experience for everyone and will open three evenings a week in the festive season.

Dawn said: “We’ve noticed over the last few years that it’s becoming a real chore for people. It would be nice if you could go out with your girlfriends, have a laugh, do your shopping and then sit and have some fizz while somebody else does all the wrapping for you.”

Kay gave Dawn free reign to transform the Tea Room into something straight out of fairytale. The Alice in Wonderland theme running throughout is complete with Cheshire Cat’s tree and in true Lily’s style, twinkling fairy lights. The result is a cosy, quirky and welcoming space that all ages will enjoy.

Kay said: “It’s something different, I’m really looking forward to it.

“Coming up to Christmas, I’ll be getting hot mulled wine, so it’ll be nice to have that and a mince pie, while Dawn wraps all your gifts up beautifully. We’ve operated as a licensed property for 20 years, so I haven’t had to change anything, it’s just a really good use of what we’ve already got.”

With beautiful gifts, festive fizz and someone taking care of Christmas, ‘tis the season to be jolly.

For more information search ‘Lily & Co at the Allerdale Court Hotel’ on Facebook.

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