THERE are still many local businesses open during lockdown, all working within the strict government guidelines to keep us all safe whilst continuing to provide us with essential services or to provide postal products.
Supporting local business has never been so important, so as we head toward yet another week of lockdown, we thought we would take a look at some of the local businesses still operating and find out what challenges the last year has raised.
During lockdown the following business categories are allowed to remain operational: Food shops, off licences, pharmacies, mobility and disability support shops, newsagents, builders merchants, garden centres, vets, dentists, opticians etc, launderettes, taxi companies, bike shops, vehicle repair and MOT services, petrol stations and automatic car washes.
CROSS COUNTRY TYRES - based on Porte Marsh Road. All garages are deemed an essential business and so continue to open throughout all lockdowns.
Business owners, husband and wife team Darren and Kerry told us: "The lockdowns have been extremely difficult to manage, during the first lockdown we furloughed 3 staff members, for the 2nd and 3rd we have not furloughed anyone. As a very small family business we need every member of staff as everyone has different skills.
THE BEST EVER BROWNIE COMPANY - continue to provide postal deliveries of their delicious brownies.The home of luxurious, truffle like brownies, created as a treat for chocolate and Brownie lovers everywhere. They specialise in gluten free, original and vegan Brownies, posted out next day delivery throughout the UK. https://www.thebesteverbrowniecompany.co.uk/
INFUSIONS TEA ROOMS - Are open for daytime take away orders from Thursday to Saturday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Accepting walk ins and phone in orders.
Infusions say: "We will be doing some of our classic favourites such as are wide variety of loose leaf tea’s, Homemade scones and cake. We will also be doing light meals. So why not pop in from tomorrow 8:30am. We would love to see you!"
They have also adapted their business to provide an evening takeaway service. Served from 5pm to 9pm Monday to Saturday, the tea rooms have an extensive take-away menu offering a range of delicious burgers and gourmet hotdogs with all the sides you would want. https://www.facebook.com/infusionstearoom/
MARIA'S PET SUPPLIES AND FLOWERS - Maria is not only open for business but has helped a fellow independent business by taking a range of cards from Expressions Cards. Maria's has operated throughout all the lockdowns and aside from her flowers, plants, garden supplies and pet supplies, she is currently stocking masks, all made locally by the lovelyAll £4.50 each with £1.00 going to Bulldog Rescue. https://www.mariasfloristcalne.com/
FLUFFY PUFFIN - Remain a shining light in lockdown with a new home delivery menu. The menu offers a range of their delicious ice creams which can be frozen at home and eaten within a month (imagine where we might be in a month!), alternatively there is a lovely range of desserts to reheat at home including: Hot Chocolate Fondant and Sticky Toffee Pudding. You can make your orders here for delivery to your door.
CWA CLEANING - Providing regular and one off commercial cleaning and sanitisation services. Alongside this they are available for end of tenancy cleaning and Covid-19 deep cleaning. https://www.cwacleaning.com/
CREASE AWAY - continue to offer professional and insured ironing services with free Covid-19 safe collection and delivery. Ironing Services Manager, Nicola Webb told us: "There are lots of small independent businesses in Calne many of which have been unable to get the financial help from the government throughout the pandemic. It's more important now that we as a community stick together and help support these excellent businesses and help rebuild our local economy.
ANTICA ROMA - the Italian restaurant at 2 High Street are currently offering a take-away service with free delivery within a 3 mile radius. Any pasta or pizza option on their menu for only £8.50 - Monday to Saturday from 16:00 to 21:00. https://www.anticaromacalne.com/
1st CHOICE STAIR LIFTS are still able to operate business as usual throughout the pandemic. Coral Affleck-Major, Joint Managing Director said: "As an essential product and service, our showroom is open and our engineers are available to fit, repair and service our products, taking great care to do so in a Covid Secure way." https://www.1stchoicestairlifts.com/
THE BEAR AND PEAR SHOP in the High Street are currently offering home deliveries of all their bespoke products which include: Movie Night Pick n Mix Bags; Gift Boxes & Bags all with free delivery within a 15m radius of Calne. So there is no reason to neglect your sweet tooth during lockdown, and it is an ideal way to let someone know you are thinking of them. Alongside this, there is a postal service of Letterbox Sweets and Lollies and Bespoke Gift Boxes.
Price Range; Gift / Party Bags start at £1.25 each Gift Boxes start at £7.50 each Movie Night Gift Bags start at £8.75 each Postal Letterboxes start at £7.50
THE LEMON STATIONERY COMPANY - Calne based local independent small business, still working hard and offering doorstep delivery in Calne. Click here for more details