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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

JOB VACANCY


PART TIME RETAIL AND CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT



THERE IS A VACANCY TO JOIN OUR LOVELY TEAM



IF YOU HAVE SHOP FLOOR EXPERIENCE AND EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS THEN WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!



THE POSITION IS 1 -2 DAYS A WEEK IN OUR GROUND FLOOR SHOP.



IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO APPLY THEN CALL IN TO OUR BROCK STREET STORE TO PICK UP AN APPLICATION FORM OR EMAIL


jane[at]arteriashop.co.uk



DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS TUESDAY 12TH MARCH 2019


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.

By Independent Lancaster, Mar 9 2018 11:14AM

The wintery weather is certainly making people look forward to summer and the possibility of maybe getting away from it all for a bit. In the mean time, it's good to treat yourself to a bit of fun to brighten up the frosty working week.


We're pleased to welcome some new independent businesses to our lists that might just help to lift your spirits, and with exclusive money saving deals for card holders too, what's not to like?


So, it's a warm welcome to MINT bar on Church Street who is now accepting the reward card. They're giving some great discounts to our cardholders, so if you fancy getting 10% off all of your drinks or 25% off your cocktail sharer pitcher then don't forget to show your valid reward card at the bar.


Lancaster Escape on North Road is now accepting the reward card. They offer a fantastic puzzle solving experience similar to the TV show The Crystal Maze. You and your team need to solve the puzzle and escape the room in a set amount of time to win! Card holders receive a 10% discount of room booking

AND food and drink in their cafe!


Tipple on King Street is now accepting the Independent Lancaster card, it's a great little cocktail bar with large windows to watch the world go by. They've got a basement chill out area you can slink away to if you fancy, and it comes equipped with a ping pong table. Pop along on your night out and bring your reward card to get 10% off your cocktails there.


Based in Dacrelands clinic, Suzi from Wax Massage Therapy is a clinical massage therapist trained in a number of techniques for relaxation, reduced pain and increased mobility. She's offering Independent Lancaster cardholders £5 off their treatments.


MINT Cocktail Bar - Church Street
MINT Cocktail Bar - Church Street
Lancaster Escape - Church Street
Lancaster Escape - Church Street
Tipple Cocktails - King Street
Tipple Cocktails - King Street
Wax Massage Therapy - Dacrelands Clinic
Wax Massage Therapy - Dacrelands Clinic
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