NEWQUAY BUSINESSES SPREADING THE LOVE
Despite being in a national lockdown, Newquay businesses continue to demonstrate their staunch resilience and proactivity when it comes to serving their community. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many are keen to still satisfy demand and show their ‘love’.
Gift shop, Coastal Flowers and Gifts, for example, is offering an order and delivery service for Valentine’s Day, ensuring all those special someones do not go without their roses and other such romantic displays of love. Zaman’s Indian Restaurant team is spicing things up as they reopened in style on Monday 25th January, operating as a takeaway service either for collection or delivery. Still open for coastal coffees for cool couples are the Box and Barber, Pavilion and Basket Newquay, serving up doorstopper sandwiches and showstopping celebration cakes to order.
It’s not all sweetness this Valentine’s though. If your other half likes a tipple, boutique speakeasy, Tom Thumb is selling cocktail bitters via its online store. Bitters being the seasoning for cocktails and quirky flavours such as mushroom, chocolate and coffee and elderberry and coconut are available, to name just a few. In addition, the team is now selling ready-made cocktails bottles in packs of three or six from its online shop too in a smart-move pivot.
The Cornish Bakery on Bank Street is itself a lockdown saviour with its popular ‘pasties by post’ service, delivering delicious boxes of frozen pasties to doorsteps across the country and simultaneously making balancing home schooling, working and keeping on top of the house chores that little bit easier. To work off those pasty calories, Newquay Activity Centre is selling vouchers for its varied saltwater activities to be used once it is safe for the centre to reopen. Alternatively, change your partner’s life for the better by buying them the gift of an ‘activity instructor training course’ this Valentine’s Day. The course will have him or her trained and qualified, ready to work on these beaches this summer, living their best life.
Coastal-inspired clothing brand, Married to the Sea Brand is continuing to sell its printed clothing and various accessories via its website and is due to launch a set of new products shortly, perfect for ocean-lovers of all kinds. For wellbeing needs and those who may be struggling with the constraints of lockdown, Cornwall Based Dispensaries is still selling its very popular CBD (cannabidiol) products through its online platforms, including CBD oils, CBD balms, CBD edibles, CBD drinks and much more.
As ever, Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) is there to support businesses throughout these difficult times and is keen to do as much as possible to help everyone navigate these unchartered waters. The BID would like to hear any suggestions of what that it can practically do to support businesses. For example, if businesses are offering a delivery service or altered opening hours, then it would like to know if it can support that effort and message via its BID and LoveNewquay social channels and networks.
Karen Adlam, founder of Coastal Flowers & Gifts said, “Although flowers are the perfect Valentine’s gift, they will no doubt be appreciated during lockdown generally, adding a pop of colour to our lockdown lives and bringing the outside in! Despite the store currently being closed due to lockdown, we are still offering a bouquet delivery service and collection service from the shop. Delivery can be local to the Newquay area and the beautiful bouquets do need to be pre-ordered so we have time to make them as fabulous as possible for you, comprising a selection of gorgeous flowers and foliage. Our bouquets start from £25 or £30 with delivery and we can also deliver plants to the same value.”
Rob Barber, founding director of Newquay Activity Centre said, “Naturally the third lockdown was a blow and we’re itching to get back to business but we have been fortunate in that we used this time to move into our brand-new premises and do the necessary renovations. Now when we reopen, we are perfectly geared up to hit the ground running so to speak. We are confident that this summer will be busier than ever as Cornwall is increasingly in demand. For those thinking about summer activities, we’re currently selling vouchers of varying quantities for use when it is safe for us to reopen.”
Carla Jones, Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) Manager, said, “As we find ourselves in another national lockdown, there has never been a more apt time to shop local and even if you cannot physically visit local shops, there are other ways in which you can support local and keep our wonderful, adaptive and resilient town centre afloat during another tough period; whether it is ordering a takeaway weekly from your favourite restaurant, or simply liking and sharing posts on social media with friends and family, purchasing vouchers as gifts or even keeping your monthly membership subscriptions if you can afford to so. We all want to see our town bounce back over the coming months so any and all support you can offer for business is super helpful and greatly appreciated during this time. We are approaching the next five-year term for Newquay BID and with our third term business plan in place, we are hopeful to start implementing some new ideas and projects over the coming months, which we’re confident will also aid Newquay’s economic recovery post-lockdown.”
Carla continued, “Knowing that many businesses will be concerned about the impact that these challenging circumstances will have on their businesses and also the welfare of staff, both physically and financially, we are disseminating all government updates and links to businesses when we have them. We are still here to help so if businesses have literature or content that they wish to circulate to the wider community, or changes to their opening hours or operating plans, then Newquay BID can help share that info across its platforms. Businesses or individuals are encouraged to send content, queries, feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com”