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Picturesque Lockdown Project

The Picturesque Lockdown Project is aiming to highlight small independent businesses around our local area and raise community awareness of just how much their business means to us.

Local photographer Abi from Picturesque Photography wasn’t aware that a few of these little businesses existed, and wants to make these independents more widely known and hopefully encourage the public to buy their Christmas gifts from them.

Abi explained “I’m self employed for three different businesses – Turtle Tots Lancashire, South Lakes & Craven, Hartbeeps Lancaster, Morecambe & South Lakes and Picturesque Photography. So I know how much of a struggle it is when business has to stop, which is why I wanted to put this month to good use and set ourselves up for a busy Christmas period.”

I will be posting one local business a day on my Facebook and Instagram pages and encouraging as much interaction we can possibly get.”




Natalie has worked for the business for 15 years. Body beautiful offer a variety of beauty and holistic treatments including manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and massage. They are also stockists of Joma Jewellery, Katie Loxton and are offering a free personalised bag with every Katie Loxton order. Natalie is an independent tropic ambassador too so she’s the woman to go to for all your beauty needs!!

You can find Body Beautiful at 7-9 Park Road, Milnthorpe.



Sandra has had the shop for three and a half years. Begin with Nature sells all natural handmade body and bath products made by Sandra! She sells soap, shampoo bars face creams bath bombs and much much more! Also, the shop is just gorgeous.

You can find Begin with Nature on 11 New Shambles, Kendal.



This is a business that especially means a lot to me…as I work here!

Fiona became a Turtle Tots Franchisee 18 months ago and expanded the business from North Lancashire and South Lakes to Craven too! Running child-led swimming lessons from birth – 4 years, Turtle Tots lessons are an amazing opportunity to bond with your little one at the same time as teaching them an essential life skill in a fun and friendly way! Lessons have paused for now, but if you want to be in on the fun when we can get back into the pool book yourself on today at

We have many different lessons at the following pools:
– The Loyne School Lancaster
– The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge
– Everlast Fitness Barrow
– West Craven Sports Centre Barnoldswick
– Upper Wharfedale School Skipton
– Beckfoot Phoenix Keighley
– Sir Tom Finney High School Preston


^ Hairstop

Katie went into partnership 13 years ago with Linda and Keith. Linda is now enjoying retirement but a small close knit team remains at the salon who cater for all your hair needs.

Hairstop stock Davines styling products who are a company based in Italy who’s ethos is to save the planet one little step at a time. The team try to be as sustainable as possible and even offer a refill service on all their Davines shampoo and conditioners! They also have a colour master with Matrix and are really looking forward to making current and new customers look fabulous for Christmas!

You can find Hairstop at 2b Mainstreet, Milnthorpe.


Waddington Home Interiors

Waddington Home Interiors is run by Leanne and her husband Lee. Together they have restoring furniture for many years and then in 2018 they opened the shop, selling their professionally sprayed furniture alongside Leanne’s handpicked homeware range.

Waddington Home Interiors also showcases many local artists such as Tate Interiors, Kyerkywood, Mandy Allen Drawing and many more. Pre covid they also held monthly creative workshops such as wreath making, calligraphy and macrame – learning new skills and promoting positive mental health!

They are currently offering click and collect as well as local deliveries, and their frenetic paint range is proving very popular for the lockdown projects!

You can find Waddington Home Interiors at No.22 The Promenade, Arnside.

Leanne and Lee also run a fantastic little cake shop called The Beach Hut round the corner which is still open…I can recommend!!


^ Mirror Mirror

Sarah has been running this Hair and Beauty Salon in Milnthorpe for 13 years.

Mirror Mirror is a wella master colour expert salon. They stock GHDs and Evo hair care and their online booking is open 24/7 via their website so get that Christmas hair booked in now!

You can find Mirror Mirror at 8-10 Beetham Road on the main road running through Milnthorpe


^ Gilded Dreams

Jen opened Gilded Dreams four and a half years ago and with the help of her husband, a local artist, handcrafted it into a unique space which is luxurious and relaxing.

In the salon you will find best friends Jennifer and Kerris who are both professionally trained in nails, waxing, tanning and have a wealth of experience in providing the highest standard of client care. Gilded Dreams have carefully selected the best products for their customers including Shellac, Moroccan Tan, Gelish and many more. These are high quality products that provide for affordable pampering!

Jen also makes hand made products available in the shop such as bath bombs, body butters, exfoliators and more. Pop in to check them out!

You will find Gilded Dreams on 7 Preston Street, Carnforth.


Hazee Daze 

Jane runs this friendly little nail salon just a few doors down from her house. I personally use Jane’s business at Hazee Daze and the salon is so relaxed and welcoming I can definitely recommend it. Jane offers a top level of service along with value for money. You can book yourself in for sunbeams, spray tans, nails or waxing.

As jetting off to a sunny beach hasn’t been quite as easy this year, that warm sun bed feeling will be calling us this Christmas 

You can find Hazee Daze at 23 Lancaster Road, Carnforth.


^ Down to Earth

Hannah runs this lovely little jewellery shop in Lancaster and her mum works alongside her in the shop too. Here is Hannah, her mum and her two little boys, Jim and Adam.

Down to Earth specialise in fine jewellery, ethically sourced clothing and interesting craft. All of their products make perfect gifts, either for a loved one or as a treat for you! They’ve got something to suit everyone including silver, aluminium, brass and resin jewellery, and they strongly believe beautiful design doesn’t need to cost the earth.

You can find Down to Earth at 12 Sir Simon’s Arcade, Lancaster.


^ Nails by Hannah Beth 

Beth is a home based nail tech with a passion for beautiful natural nails. Due to the lockdown Beth isn’t able to work at all, and let’s be honest after lockdown we’re all going to be due a good pamper! 

You can find Nails by Hannah Beth at 10 Chelsea Mews, Lancaster.


^ Penny Street Collectables

Jess has been running Penny Street Collectables for 3 years. It’s a pleasingly eclectic little shop selling a charming mix of new and vintage home wares – including Emma Bridgewater, Maileg and Susie Watson.

You can find Penny Street Collectables on 74 Penny Street, Lancaster and they are currently offering an online click and collect service…as well as 10% discount for NHS!


^ Northern Yarn

Kate has been running Northern Yarn for four and a half years. It’s an independent wool shop with a strong focus on locally sourced British wool, with their own line from Lancastrian and Cumbrian flocks. 

You will find Northern Yarn just off the one way system at 9 Kings Arcade, Lancaster.




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