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By Independent Lancaster, Mar 28 2020 01:58PM

I'm sure you've seen the word unprecedented a fair few times over the last few days. We're currently entering a remarkable period of history that is affecting the whole world. There is a lot of uncertainty, a lot of worry and panic. The NHS are working tirelessly to help those in need and everyone else is doing their bit by staying indoors.


It's been amazing to see how people and businesses have rallied around in a time of crisis. They've offered help, and shown forgiveness, kindness and compassion, but not only that, they've also rallied in support of their independent, local businesses more than ever before. As supermarkets were stripped of supplies, customers, forced to look elsewhere, now discover the corner shops, wholefood shops, butchers, bakers and milkmen that were all previously overlooked. People are also communicating with their loved ones more than ever before, reconnecting with old friends, catching up on box sets and books, learning new skills and languages, spending more time with their children or maybe finally getting started on that novel they'd been thinking about but never had the time for.

Whilst we're in no way dismissing the gravity of the situation, it's important in times of difficulty like this to focus on the silver linings and the blessings, whatever they may be. A Facebook community group called Lancaster and Morecambe Support Group - Corona Virus has been set up to provide somewhere for people to share information, news, support and ideas..


Just a small selection of good news stories from the area: Quite Simply French, a lovely restaurant down on St George's Quay, was one of the many premises that have closed their doors during this global quarantine, but their new boutique accommodation was immediately offered up to NHS workers. The Greaves Park on Bowerham road shut their doors and gave their car park over for the use of NHS workers and The Borough on Dalton square have also given their hotel rooms over to NHS workers.


Many other businesses have stepped up and pitched in to help wherever they're able to, proving deliveries, offering take aways, donating supplies to local help centres and causes, such as Eggcup and the Morecambe Bay Food Bank which both provide food and support for local people in crisis. With people staying at home significantly more there is sure to be an increase in people ordering supplies from the online giant that is Amazon. But did you know that even if you're buying things from there, you can help support the Morecambe Bay Food bank? Simply visit smile.amazon.co.uk and choose the Morecambe Bay Food bank as your nominated charity. After that, as long as you visit Amazon via the "smile" link, Amazon will donate money to the charity if you make any purchases. It all helps!


Below you can find some informative links to information that's been put together by Lancaster resident Dan Knowles to help people know what's available for delivery so they can source the supplies they need.


We hope your're staying well and that this post proves to be a useful source of information. Stay safe and please do get in touch if there's anything we might be able to do to help or signpost you to someone who can.


Lancaster and Morecambe Delivery Services



Pets not forgotten! Local business owner VP Pet Supplies wants pet owners to know that there are a number of local pet equipment businesses in the area they can get in touch with to get supplies for their furry, feathered or scaly friend. Listed below are the websites and phone numbers associated with these local pet supply businesses:

- VP Pet Supplies ~ 07852 224465

- AJ Exotics ~ 01524 69825

- Hala Pet Stores ~ 01524 847434

- Pete's Pets ~ 01524 833273

- Raw Feeding Plus ~ 07884 040443

- Spare Moments Equestrian Supplies ~ 01524 410575




By Independent Lancaster, Sep 30 2019 08:26PM

With so many places closing down these days there was an initial panic and horror when we learned that Leonardini's, (the third generation traditional Italian gelato shop) was closing over the weekend. We were quickly relieved however when we found out that they were in fact just moving a few feet further up the road to larger premises. We're thrilled with the news! They posted on their Facebook page a touching message for their customers and to spread the good news about the move. We wish them all the best in the transition to their new shop in Kings Arcade, Lancaster.


On the Leonardini Facebook page they said:


"This Sunday will be our last day at 22 King Street!

We are so grateful for these 3 years on this premises. We had a dream and it came true in this place! Our Gelateria was awarded as the best of England only 6 months after opening. Our loyal customers have actually became friends that we see more often then our actual relatives...

We have seen pregnant gelato fans that then came with their babies and now the babies ask for their own cone...

It’s amazing to get in touch every day with so many people from different countries and backgrounds. They all share their taste for gelato and we are happy to be able to offer every day something nice and healthy, that makes people happy!

We’ll move to 3 Kings Arcade, just 3 doors away, because from now we want to offer you a bigger space with better facilities to enjoy gelato, coffee and other Italian specialties!

We are so grateful for your loyalty! And we are also so happy, because every scoop you enjoy, allows us to support breast cancer survivors!

We are sure you will like our new shop, because we are putting so much love in all this!

We expect to see you very soon at our new address, where gelato will continue making you happy!!!"



By Independent Lancaster, Feb 13 2019 12:49PM

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By Independent Lancaster, Jan 19 2019 07:26PM

A New Year starts and an old year ends. We've been happy to see some new businesses opening up in Lancaster. Places like sandwich shop Ravenous on Sir Simon's arcade and there's a new tapas bar on Mary Street too. Have you spotted anything new in Lancaster lately? Comment below and let us know if there's a new shop or cafe you've noticed.


A fond farewell to some of the shops we've lost. These are hard times indeed for the retail sector, with even big businesses crumbling, it's no wonder small businesses are really finding it tough.


In just three years, the doors have now closed on Shelleys Sandwiches, Kitchen Corner, Roots Vegetarian Cafe, Ahoy, Cafe 23, Chrissie Harrison Beads, Dress II Impress, Enve, Fresh Cafe, The FIG Tree, Fruits of the Lune, Inspire Gym, Soupanova Soups, Jeccabox, Leaf and Bean Pantry, Moghuls, The Novel Cafe, Penny Street Boutique, Polish Delicatessen, Slip Inn Lane Emporium, Vanity, Wilde and Well Read and The Yard.


It's a shocking amount of businesses closing down, and those are just the ones that were supporting members of Independent Lancaster. There are many other businesses both large and small, national and local, that have ceased trading in Lancaster over the past three years.


It's not all doom and gloom though, there are still the hardy few who are opening businesses and starting new ventures. There's Tipple on King Street (a cocktail bar) and there's Lancaster Escape Rooms down on North Road. Down to Earth has had an extension, Bombay Balti has had a refurbishment and we've got a new gift shop on New Street called Inspire Gifts.


Please keep the news coming in about anything you've noticed around town, or questions on where you might be able to buy something locally. We'd love to hear from you, either comment below or send us an email using the contact form on this site. We're also available on Facebook if you need a chat so look us up at www.facebook.com/independentlancaster


By Independent Lancaster, Aug 9 2018 01:59PM

It's great when we add a new business to our ever growing list of places that accept the Independent Lancaster reward card. We've got fantastic offers at restaurants, shops, bars, retailers, services... it's brilliant. We're happy to say a warm welcome to Quayside Computing and Design on St George's Quay.


A fantastic local, independent business you can call upon for your refurbished laptops and desktops, IT repair and website designing needs, and if you do get in touch, remember to bring your valid reward card so you can access the special offers. Currently they are as follows: 5% off products and 10% services.



You can find out more by visiting their listing on this website.


We've got to bid a very sad farewell to a wonderful Lancaster business though. It really pains us to say goodbye to Kitchen Corner because they were a fantastic shop, the kind that you could spend ages in! Sadly though the time came for the owner to retire and have some well earned rest and relaxation after serving Lancaster's kitchen accessory needs for many a long year. We're sending everyone at Kitchen Corner all our best wishes and we hope you have a wonderful retirement James.

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