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By Independent Lancaster, Apr 27 2016 08:00AM

After their old premises on Rosemary Lane was flooding at the end of 2015, clothing shop Waterhouse has upped sticks and relocated to a shiny new shop on Brock Street. They're just across the road from fellow Independent Lancaster supporting business Arteria and the same side of the road as The Polish Delicatessen. Card holders are in for a treat on this street!

By Independent Lancaster, Mar 11 2016 10:16AM

Storm Desmond at the end of 2015 ruined the Christmases of many people in Lancashire. Great swatches of Lancaster town centre ended up under several feet of water and businesses were destroyed. In the aftermath of the storm people have been doing their best to rebuild their livlihoods and some premises were able to open again after a few weeks. Others are still fighting with insurance companies, dealing with complete building renovation and trying to get things back on track. It could be another few months before they're back up and running again.

Some of the businesses have moved premises entirely and reopened elsewhere in town, such as the FIG Tree, which was located in the old chuch on the corner of Chapel street, selling fair trade items. They've had to relocate their stock into a number of different locations, such as the Corner Stone Cafe near Dalton Square. Both the FIG Tree and the Corner Stone Cafe support the Independent Lancaster loyalty card and we're really pleased to see businesses coming together to help each other out in these difficult times.

The clothing shop Waterhouse which was also hit by the flooding, has moved locations to Brock Street. They're not open yet but they're optimistic they should be on track for opening by Easter all being well.

Go Burrito on lower Church Street was devested by the flooding and they're still unfortunately closed, but they're working hard on sorting out the insurance and pulling through.

Lancaster's had a tough time of it lately, and with cuts to museum services on the cards along with hikes in council tax and reductions of bin collections - things are set to get grimmer. But we're a hardy and resilient lot here in Lancashire and as the aftermath of the flooding showed, we know how to pull together as a community when the chips are down. This is a very gratifying thing to know.

By Independent Lancaster, Oct 9 2015 03:01PM

Hello and welcome to our little update. There have been some highs and some lows over the last few weeks so we wanted to bring you up to speed.

We're sad to be saying goodbye to Fruits of the Lune and Moghuls, both on King Street. Fruits of the Lune sold locally crafted arts and gift items over the last twelve months and have decided to move their services online where possible due to low footfall at their retail premises.

Moghuls, the family run indian restaurant, is also closing and we're deeply sad to lose them both. Every time a local, independent business is forced to close their doors the high street is a little less bright.

Vanity salon on Ullswater road has expanded their business by opening a barbers shop on Bowerham road. It's called "Bowerham Barbers" and they're offering cardholding gentlemen 10% off on their hair care needs. The salon itself is now no longer on Ullswater road, they are now mobile and providing hair services in the comfort of their customer's homes. They're offering 20% discounts to cardholders, or a free wash and cut with colour services.

Christmas is coming, and we wanted to remind you that there are some GREAT local businesses providing all kinds of wonderful gift ideas. The Lancaster Wine Company for example not only sells excellent quality wines, beers and spirits but they also sell locally sourced jams, chutneys, pates and other gorgeous farm shop items that are just perfect for foodies who love great tasting quality produce. They also sell empty hamper baskets that you can use to put together something really special for the festive season.

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By Independent Lancaster, Aug 14 2015 02:00PM

We noticed at the end of June that Soupanova Soups on Lower Church Street had had a complete revamp. It transformed from it's soup themed posters and bright yellow walls into a totally different venue. It wasn't until this morning we discovered that it was more than just a refurbishment, it actually WAS a totally different venue.

Slipping out quietly after a decade of serving home made soups to the people of Lancaster, Soupanova closed its doors at the end of June and they reopened a week or so later as Fresh Cafe. A brand new eaterie on the Lancaster scene.

Happily, they're an independent business too and what's more, they're continuing to uphold Soupanova's loyalty card offer of 10% off the food bill for people spending £5 or more.

By Independent Lancaster, Mar 20 2015 03:11PM

We're nearly 6 weeks on from when our loyalty cards first started being posted out and since then we're now up to 117 cards in circulation and counting. At the same time, businesses have been joining the scheme each and every week, supporting us, supporting each other and offering great deals and rewards to cardholders as a thank you for their custom.

We reached 50 businesses on Monday and at the time of writing this, we're up to 53. Cardholders can start using their cards at all of the new businesses that join the scheme, many of them are located in Lancaster, some are in Morecambe and some are online.

It's wonderful to see the fantastic response to the Independent Lancaster initiative and we're thrilled to have so many businesses on board already. Let's keep going and help save Lancaster!

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