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No one can deny the last few months have been extremely difficult for local business owners and we’re excited to see so many of our wonderful shops open again. It’s also been inspiring to see some of our most popular retail outlets taking this opportunity to revamp and update.

Local residents will have noticed that Anita Lipscombe and her husband have used this time to freshen-up the Lemon Blue shop front and we think it looks great! Lemon Blue is a beautiful gift shop and partyware store, stocking everything one might need for the perfect party.

Anita commented: “I’m so happy to be back and the response to our re-opening has been amazing. The support from our local community has been incredible. I didn’t expect to see so many people in our first few days of opening. It truly has surpassed my expectations. I would like to thank everyone not only for their support over the many years we’ve been trading in the town, but for their support now, more than ever.”

Anita also provided a ‘call and collect’ service during lockdown. It’s been hard for those celebrating special occasions during lockdown, so being able to brighten a loved one’s day with some heartfelt balloons and banners has made a real difference. Lemon Blue is now fully open again from 10am-5pm.

Across the road, All Wrapped Up have also redecorated their entire shopfront and signage, which looks really smart and will definitely tempt us back into their beautiful gift shop in no time!

Further up the high street, Kate Tompsett from Happy & Glorious has worked hard to keep brighten up the high street since she moved her business to Cranbrook in 2017, and continued to rotate her window display for us all to enjoy throughout lockdown. This beautiful shop stocks design-led gifts and products for the home, all lovingly created in Britain to support British manufacturing.

Kate commented: “Creating window displays is always my favourite task as a retailer. Throughout lockdown I continued to change the display every three weeks as normal, to remind people walking past that there is still life in the high street! I have worked hard on my website since lockdown, and added Click & Collect as an option. I am so glad to say that 55% of all my lockdown website sales came from the good people of Cranbrook. It feels wonderful to experience such support!”

Kate is also pleased to announce that due to customer demand, the shop is now open five days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am-4pm. To receive 10% off your next order, simply visit and sign up to reveal the code! 

Meanwhile on Stone Street, Gulliver’s Play Cafe is a recent addition to the town and prior to lockdown we enjoyed watching its transformation. Gulliver’s offers a fun place for little ones to play while grown-ups can relax with a hot drink and cake. Sadly, the much-anticipated opening of Gulliver’s was thwarted by lockdown, but we’re pleased to report they are now open.

Owner Katie commented: “We hope our fun shop front has been interesting for children walking past during this time and are excited to finally be open!”

Fortunately, Andy from Cranbrook DIY was able to redecorate the outside of his shop before lockdown, which certainly helped to brighten up the high street. For many of us, lockdown has provided a rare opportunity to finally get those niggling DIY jobs done, and where would we have been without Cranbrook DIY? The store has been a mainstay of the high street for many years, providing a wide range of goods and services to suit professional and home decorating needs. And, with safety procedures in place, Andy remained open during lockdown to provide essential hardware items for us all.

It’s great to see that Purdy & Power have also taken the opportunity to revamp the salon and are excited to see the results. We don’t know anyone who isn’t overjoyed to hear they can finally get a haircut, too (although watching the many hilarious home hair disaster videos on social media have helped to keep us entertained!). The team at Purdy & Power have worked hard to ensure that all possible safety measures are in place to welcome customers back safely.

If there’s one positive thing to emerge from lockdown, it’s the newfound love and respect we have for our historic high street. Cranbrook is officially open for business, so don’t delay, visit your favourite stores today and happy shopping!


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