#ShopLocal: Bourne

As lockdown is slowly easing after what felt like a lifetime of being unable to do anything, local businesses are opening up their doors, ready to welcome returning customers.

Whilst some businesses are ready to open, some will be taking that little bit longer to ensure that they are ready to welcome you whilst keeping themselves and you as safe as they can.

Most shoppers will be chomping at the bit to go spend some cash, which is great. It is also worth respecting and knowing that some might be a bit anxious or are still shielding until August. So what have businesses done in Bourne to help?

Below is just a handful of business with information on how they are helping the community.

Buckles and Bows

If the idea of going out amongst the public or if you're shielding still until August, Buckles and Bows are offering private appointments in the evenings or on Sunday's. This allows you to view their products at a pace and environment that you feel comfortable in.

There are hand sanitise stations and items are cleansed once touched.

Contactless payment has been increased to £45 too.

For more information or to book an appointment, visit their website or Facebook page.

Spice of Life

Spice of Life, Bourne's only and longest serving health food shop, has been one of the few that has been able to stay open since lockdown started. Offering a call and collect service, they are able to take orders and payment over the phone. There is a barrier at the door, which allows the 2m distancing for staff and customers.

For more information, get in touch via their Facebook page.

The Dog Club

We've found it quite comical in the house that one of our dogs has managed to get the first haircut during lockdown, in reality he is resembling a mop and blends in with the floor tiles.

Maddie at The Dog Club, situated on Crown Walk, offers grooming services for your pooch in a dog friendly environment. As we have been shielding, Maddie offered to pick up Magic from the car and call us when he was ready from having his perm and set. Though we took the opportunity to walk down and, distantly, pass Magic over.

For more information on The Dog Club, visit their Facebook page.

Bourne Bookshop

Whilst it is easy for most to order books online or read on a tablet, nothing beats the feeling of a physical book in your hand. Personally I love the smell of a new book, I've been given odd looks when caught...

It's great to have a bookshop open in Bourne again, and they stock a wide selection of genres for all ages. I've been known to visit and leave with a book I wasn't even looking for.

A sanitising station is available once you enter, gloves are offered and optional and they ask that you observe the 2m distance whilst browsing.

For updates, check out their Facebook page.

Ginger Fox Cafe

On Tuesday 7 July the Ginger Fox Cafe will be welcoming customers, old and new, back but with a couple of changes. They will be open from 9am - 2:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday with a limited menu. As they have had to remove some tables, they recommend you call to book to avoid disappointment. Contactless payment should be used if possible.

For updates, check out their Facebook page.

Have you visited any shops in Bourne? Are there any businesses out there who need a mention? Get in touch.

Remember to stay positive throughout this and keep the 2m distance where possible and help Bourne #Stopthespread. Look out for the Love Bourne - Shop Local window stickers too!

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