THE Coronavirus pandemic has forced many businesses to close, change the way they operate, furlough staff and reduce stock lines while also managing changes in customer demand and footfall.

Newsquest Cumbria with LocalIQ, the parent company of In Cumbria, the News & Star, The Mail, The Westmorland Gazette, The Cumberland News, The Whitehaven News, the Times and Star and The Cumberland and Westmorland Gazette, has tried to support businesses throughout the pandemic in a variety of ways including featuring the inspiration stories of how local businesspeople have diversified their operations and offering free adverts.

We believe supporting the high street is paramount if independent businesses and the county's unique shopping experiences are to survive.

So as we navigate our way through the second national lockdown, Newsquest Cumbria is launching The Cumbria guide to shopping local for businesses to advertise details of their opening times, product offerings and best methods of purchasing.

This is the first instalment of the FREE guide, which has been published in all Newsquest Cumbria titles and on their associated websites to encourage shoppers to 'think local' while offering inspiration for festive gifts.

To feature your business in our unique FREE guide complete this form.

The Westmorland Gazette:

The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan - Cumbria

Unit 5 Market Arcade, Scotch Street, Carlisle Opening hours?: 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday

What do you sell? Meal replacement products as part of a recognised weight loss program with The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge weight Plan. Offers ongoing, confidential weight loss support by Irene Lawrence. 07970 614763/

Available by phone, text, WhatsApp, email

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Elite Mot Centre Cumbria Ltd

Station garage Main Street, Egremont Cumbria CA22 2DJ

Scott kinsella,

What are your opening hours? Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5pm

What do you sell? Car MOT service, tyres, brakes, suspension, air con, wheel alignment, etc 01946 820735

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Marchesi centre Windermere

What are your opening hours? 8am until 10pm

What do you sell? Daily home support so vulnerable adults can access social, physical and mental stimulation. Daily home respite so carers can take a break.

Anita Baxter 07810430933

Are you open during lockdown and if not how can customers access your services? Telephone us and we can discuss needs over telephone or email referral form. We work with individuals in their own homes and use PPE and abide by current Covid guidelines.

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Devonshire House Denture Solutions

51 Spencer Street, Carlisle, CA1 1BB

Contact Paul Walkington -

What are your opening hours? 8.30 to 5.30 Monday to Friday, late opening Tuesday

What do you sell? We produce and manufacture Bespoke Dentures direct to the General public. All by our highly qualified Clinical Dental Technician. 01228 529128 We are fully open, please book an appointment first

Begin with Nature

11, New Shambles, Kendal LA9 4TS

Contact: Sandra Rodrigues 07415698665

What are your opening hours? Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm What do you sell? Natural handmade body and bath products Soaps, shampoo bars, Liquid soaps, creams, deodorants, etc. Closed during lockdown, but customers can reach me through my Facebook page @Beginwithnatureuk.

I am doing click and collect and free delivery around Kendal. Products can also be bought on my website.

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Sienna Jewellery

65 Main Street Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AH

Contact Alyson Bagguley - / 015242 72121

What are your opening hours? 10am-4pm Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun Appointments available outside these hours

What do you sell? We stock fabulous Jewellery, the style to suit everyone whether it be contemporary, stylish, elegant and quirky. Its affordable too so next time you are looking for something special, come and pay us a visit. Either via the website, Facebook, Instagram. Call 015242 72121 and leave a message.

Click and collect service during lockdown. Gift wrapping available

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The Curious Zebra

Talkin, Brampton, Cumbria

Contact Louise Windle 07786000992

What are your opening hours? 9am until 5pm

What do you sell? Beautiful handmade textiles, from pinnies and clutch purses to luxe lined tote bags and cushions. Online via Facebook (The Curious Zebra), or Etsy (TheCuriousZebra)

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Handmade By You

38 Curzon Street, Maryport, CA15 6DA

Contact Lisa Harrison

What are your opening hours? 9am - 4pm. 9am - 2pm Monday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.

What do you sell? A wide range of craft supplies from fabric to wool, buttons, ribbons, cross stitch and much much more. / 07501541961

Click and collect and call and collect service available through the shop as well as direct online orders through Facebook or Etsy at


112 Kirkland, Kendal. LA9 5AP

Contact Trevor & Anita Haines

What are your opening hours? Mon,Tues, weds, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm, Closed Thursday and Sunday

What do you sell? Artists Materials, picture framing, framed art works, greeting cards 01539 723728

Shop is closed but we are taking telephone orders and orders by email.

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Lotus Holistic Therapies

94 John Street, Workington

Contact: Joanna Kirk / 07514645167

What are your opening hours? 5.30pm - 9pm

What do you sell? A range of holistic therapies. Indian head massage / Reiki / Massage Opens December 3 taking bookings now.

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Funkygums Mouthguards

110A Denton Street Carlisle CA2 5HB

Contact: Andrew Pattinson

What are your opening hours? 9.00 - 17.00

What do you sell? We make custom fit sports mouthguards from an impression we take in our clinic, you can also buy the guard you want online and we send you an impression kit. You can personalise your mouthguard with anything you want. / 01228 543694 Yes we are open during lockdown and following all regulations.

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Cumbria Smile Clinic

110A Denton Street Carlisle

Contact: Andrew Pattinson

What are your opening hours? 9.00 - 17.00

What do you sell? We make dentures direct to the patient every stage is done with our Clinic Dental Technician with over 25 years experience. / 01228 543694 We are open and following all regulations.

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Jenny Abbot Art

Sandbaggers Cottage, Port Carlisle

Studio visits on request (except during lockdown) What do you sell? Original, colourful artwork to brighten up your life! / 01697 352110 Purchase online, hang and enjoy!

Boss Hair Studio

90 Duke Street, Barrow

Contact: Claire Needham

What are your opening hours? Monday to Saturday

What do you sell? Hair, Beauty, and skin care products. 833335

Only open for deliveries during lockdown.

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Mulvey Antique Clocks

25 Little Dockray, Penrith CA11 7HL

Contact: Dr Gail C. Mulvey

What are your opening hours? The showroom is open by appointment. Please ring 07483 834195 to arrange an appointment to view the clocks and maps for sale.

What do you sell? Quality antique clocks - longcase, mantel and wall. Antiquarian maps dating from the 17th to 19th century. A small selection of quality antique furniture. / 07483 834195

Customers can view all stock on the company's website, request additional photographs/information and make an appointment to view in person.

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Carlisle Bathroom Centre

7 West Tower Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QT

Contact: Danni Leach -

What are your opening hours? Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

What do you sell? Bathrooms 01228642050

Our showroom is closed during lockdown; however, we are still working! Contact us via phone or email to speak to one of our team.

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Graythwaite Adventure Limited 

Registered office and correspondence; Kinniside, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5RW

Operational address; Graythwaite Estate, Near Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8BA

What are your opening hours? 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm

What do you sell? We provide award winning outdoor adventure experiences on the private Graythwaite Estate; 5,000 acres of managed woodland, parkland and lake frontage on the shores of Windermere, just south of Hawkshead.

Experiences include 4x4 off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery, axe throwing, bushcraft, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and more, for couples, families, groups and corporate clients. Gift vouchers available for a chosen experience or monetary value - perfect for Christmas presents.

Winner of the Cumbria Tourism 'Experience of the Year' Award 2019. / 07498 574659

We're open for enquiries and bookings, but not open for activities and experiences during lockdown - due to re-open from December 3, and open all year round, subject to lockdowns.

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The Plastic Bottles Company

Unit 1F Cross Lane, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 9DQ

Contact: Collette Butterworth

What are your opening hours? 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday

What do you sell? Supplier of bottles, containers, caps, lids, jars, accessories and pots to suit all industries, regulations and environmental requirements. 01229 588877

Open during lockdown. We want to give you the best service, the best products and the best price so if you have any special requirements, please don't hesitate to ask. We will work to find the most cost-effective, tailor-made solution for your business.

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SQUIRREL - a store of buried treasure

43 Market Street, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7LS

Contact: Katherine Holmes What are your opening hours? 9.30 - 5 Monday to Saturday

What do you sell? Delve into our treasure trove of unique gifts and beautiful home ware or get creative in our craft area. An eclectic mix of home and giftware you wouldn’t normally find on the high street. From smaller items like quirky handmade jewellery, stationery and bags to ceramics, rugs, throws and furniture, there is something to please everyone!

We stock items that are produced locally to us in Cumbria as well as from a more global market and when possible we buy fair trade. With the Sting in the Tail’s range of weird and wonderful bathing gifts and home and garden accessories you are guaranteed to find the perfect present for even the choosiest individual! 01229 588028

We are closed but able to answer phone between 10am and 12pm. Orders via our website but additional items may be ordered over the phone. Instagram: @squirrelulverston Pintrest: Squirrel Ulverston Trouva: Facebook: @squirrelgifts

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Sweet Treats

Packhorse Court, Keswick CA12 5JB

Contact: Gina Price -

What are your opening hours? 10am - 4.30pm Mon to Sat; 10.30am - 4pm Sun What do you sell? Sweet Treats is a traditional sweet shop, we have over 250 jars of all your favourtise sweets which are weighed out to order.

There is also a pick n mix (all COVID safe with sanitised scoops and gloved being issued to each customer). In addition we sell Romneys Mint Cake, Lake District souvenirs, cold drinks and ice creams. There is a fabulous selection of sweet gifts available too. / 01768780002

Are you open during lockdown and if not how can customers access your services? We are not open unfortunately but are able to take online orders.

Free delivery is also being offered within Keswick, please contact Gina via mobile on 07929 651417.

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Auradaze Japanese

Old post office 2/3. Millans Park. Ambleside. LA22 9AD.

Contact: Darren What are your opening hours? Thursday /Friday /Saturday /Sunday. What do you sell? Sushi/ Fresh fish/ Takeaway/ Japanese grocery's/ Rice/ Sushi kits/ Ramen kits/ Japanese teas. / 07865616366 Walk in. Pre-order. Text. Email.

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Abrahams Store

9 Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AN

Contact: Josie Beeson

What are your opening hours? Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm / Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm / Sunday 11.00am - 4.30pm

What do you sell? Women's & men's clothing, accessories, jewellery, fragrance, skincare, men's grooming, homeware, dog accessories, books, chocolate, preserves. 01524272299 (shop) or 07966373993 (mobile)

Customers can contact us through the following channels: Webshop: Direct Message via Instagram: Direct Message via Facebook: Phone Message: 01524272299 (shop) or 07966373993 (mobile)

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The Keswick Cheese Deli

9 Packhorse Court, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5JB

Contact: Hayley Peacock

What are your opening hours? Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 10am until 1pm. This is during November only, due to lockdown 2.

What do you sell? 'The Keswick Cheese Deli is the Lake District's Specialist Cheese, Fine Foods, Wine and Gift Shop'. We stock a large range of local artisan Cumbrian cheeses, as well as many from around the UK and further afield. We pride ourselves on stocking local produce wherever possible, including delicious preserves, chutneys, breakfast cereal, and a good selection of teas and coffees. We also offer a range of olives, charcuterie and pate.

Our oils and vinegars come in a range of bottle sizes and we have a refill service on all of these. We also stock local ales, wines and spirits for that extra touch of indulgence. We have a range of stay at home boxes, hampers and gift ideas that are beautifully packaged; check these out on our website. These can be posted out right across the UK and we can even include a hand-written message if you like.

Orders can be placed online and local customers can select 'Click & Collect'. Simply wait for us to contact you, for your collection time slot. / 017687 73377

We are open reduced days during lockdown two, but our online service is available all the time. Customers can contact us in the Cheese Deli on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm.

Carlisle Bathroom Centre

7 West Tower Street. Carlisle. CA3 8QT

Contact: Gary Warton

What are your opening hours? 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.

What do you sell? Bathroom suites. Tiles and flooring. 07570040048 The shop door is closed but we are open and will visit customers houses on request.

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WinDoorFix Cumbria

77 Harrington Road, Workington

Contact: Glenn Donoghue

What are your opening hours? Monday to Sunday

What do you sell? UPVC window and door repairs 07701319227 Open as normal


Contact: Susan Wilson

What are your opening hours? Varies

What do you sell? Bespoke holidays, cruises, Australia and New Zealand tailor made package holidays and much more 07368 643886 Available online or on phone

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Designer Travel by Shirley in Carlisle

Contact: Shirley McManus What are your opening hours? Available always What do you sell?

Holidays packaged and tailor made cruises, flights, holiday extras such as car parking, excursions

Designer Travel / 07716330097

I am a self employed home working travel agent, everything you book with me with is 100% financially protected . I have worked in travel for 27 years and I will look after your holiday from start to finish.I offer a personal service at no extra cost to you.

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Everything and nothing lasers

Contact: Mark Gibson

What are your opening hours? 24/7

What do you sell? Laser graphic advertising. Party Service. Festival lighting. Projections. Lasers available to rent from 1.8w to 20w RGB @everythingandnothinglasers/ 07880804718 Contact via facebook page/ phone

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