ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
Over the last 12 months Longridge has welcomed the relocation of three local businesses, writes Olivia Beaty. Photography: Samuel Reynolds
Berry Lane, Longridge has become the new home to three independent businesses – Fullalove Wines, Boho Kisses Boutique and Pipkins. Having initially started up as neighbours in Ribchester, they have each gone from strength to strength and have moved to bigger premises on the Longridge high street.
After refurbishing the Old Stables, the first to make the move was Fullaloves Wines which opened its doors last spring and is looking forward to May, when they will celebrate their first year at their new venue. The move allowed Fullaloves to cater for more customers with a wider menu and a bigger selection of wines. Fullaloves also boasts a secluded space for private events or rental.
Ben and Andrea Fullalove tell me: “Our new wine by the glass machine has been incredibly popular with customers. It allows customers to try a more premium or obscure wine than they would normally choose.”
At the end of last year Longridge gained a fashion extravaganza – Boho Kisses. Mandy King welcomes customers to her stunning boutique, decorated with dreamy decor with angel wings and feathers. It offers a relaxed environment where customers can enjoy a coffee or prosecco whilst browsing at their leisure. Boho Kisses offer something for all ages from 16 to 60 plus!
The fashion has a romantic and bohemian feel, and designers include Meisie, Traffic People, Cotton Brothers and Susie Rose, plus many more! Mandy tells me: “We are incredibly unique and therefore we only stock four of each item.”
The spring/summer collection is now available including swimwear, kimonos, day time and night time dresses and more casual wear. Since moving to Longridge Boho Kisses now stocks shoes with a range of heels and casual daytime shoes. If you can’t get into the shop, you can always buy online!
“It’s great we have all grown our businesses together and remained neighbours,” said Mandy and Karen Hudson, Pipkins owner. “We will continue to help and support each other.”
Most recently Karen has introduced Pipkins to Berry Lane. The children’s wonderland offers gifts, toys, clothes and pyjamas for newborns and children. Pipkins now have a wider range of Bigjigs Wooden Toys and have introduced new designers including Little Lord and Lady, who dress ages six months to 10 years in their traditional yet quirky British clothes. Born, bred and based in Yorkshire the label includes tweed waistcoats and floral dresses. Also new to Pipkins is another British name – Sarah Louise which stocks classic christening and occasion wear.
Karen tells me: “The best thing about my move is the fact I now have a huge front window to dress. I have had a tractor theme and a dinosaur theme, next I will look to Easter with my Bunnies by the Bay range.”
The shop has something for every age or occasion from baby shower gifts to children’s birthdays – Pipkins will not disappoint!
The Old Stables, 5 Stanley Street
Longridge PR3 3NJ
53 Berry Lane
Longridge, Preston PR3 3WH