NEW business owners across the area are urging people to support local shops this Christmas.
Firms have come forward to back the Mercury’s Shop Local campaign, a call to all our readers to back the businesses in Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings by buying their Christmas gifts locally.
Children’s clothing and toy shop Scarlet Sky, which already has a shop in Mill Street, Oakham, will be opening its doors in St Mary’s Street, Stamford, today.
Owner Camilla Golland has been looking for a suitable store in Stamford for 18 months but when the former Orvis shop came up, she couldn’t resist.
She believes Stamford, like Oakham, has a lot to offer shoppers.
She said: “Stamford has a different customer base to Oakham but the same values and there are a lot of similarities.
“Stamford seemed like the obvious step and we hope shoppers will support us, as they have in Oakham.”
Art in Hands, which opened three weeks ago in the former Simply Ginger shop in Red Lion Square, Stamford, sells a range of handmade wooden gifts.
Owner Jerune Ziurkute said: “Stamford is a really nice town and we hope people will support us.”
Kellie Charge, of Ketton, has opened As Sweet As in Gooches Court, Stamford, facing The Meadows. The shop sells sweets, cakes and coffees.
Kellie said: “We have had positive feedback since we opened and we hope people will support us.
“I really believe it is important to support local businesses and I definitely back the Shop Local campaign.”
Santa’s Stocking Fillers has opened in High Street, Uppingham, for six weeks - selling children’s toys and gift wrap for under £10.
Owner Andrew Geraghty said: “Towns like Uppingham prove that you don’t have to go to big cities to get great gifts and we have a good range of products at good prices.”
Gift shop Cloudnine in High Street, Market Deeping, celebrated its first anniversary at the Christmas fair on Sunday and offered all the customers a free shot of Baileys or a chocolate.
Owner Alison Ireland said: “People who know about us are coming back but it’s just getting our name out there.
“I think Deeping has got a lot to offer and has some lovely little shops, which it is important people support.
“I would hate to have to leave the Deepings and go somewhere bigger because people didn’t support us.
“The Shop Local campaign is such a positive initiative and I really hope people take notice of it.”
For details about the shop visit www.cloudninedeeping.co.uk.