Where to shop locally this Christmas as chosen by you!

By Rachael Grealish

Shopping may seem a daunting experience as the Christmas season looms and this may lead shoppers wanting to escape the busy streets in favour of having the internet at their fingertips. But this means you aren’t experiencing all that local and independent retailers have to offer. Egremont 2Day has asked you, the readers, where the best places are to shop in Copeland and which independent retailers you will be supporting this Christmas when you do your shopping.

For the wine lover: A brilliant bottle of wine, port or whiskey could win anyone over on the coldest of Christmas

For the Wine lover try Richardsons of Whitehaven

For the Wine lover try Richardson’s of Whitehaven

evenings. You said Richardson’s of Whitehaven has all you need. Emma-Jane Taylor, of St Bees said: “Richardson’s has a fab selection of wines, fresh coffees, hampers and if you’re stuck for ideas, advice from the lovely Louise and Nadia.”

For the jewellery Magpie: A statement necklace or sparkling ring could be just the thing for lucky lady in your life. You said Strange Fruit in Whitehaven was just the place. Ruth Taylor, of St Bees, said: “Strange Fruit has jewellery and gifts that can be personal and different. I love this shop.”

For the technology geek: We all know someone who would love to have more gadgets than James Bond. You said Brooks of Whitehaven could make their wish come true with their varying range. Gerard Richardson MBE, of Whitehaven, said: “They’re agents for Sonos, Panasonic and Samsung.”

For the bookworm: E-books may be the future but for there’s nothing better than a good old paper based book you said Michael Moons was the place to get lost in – literally! Robert Haile, of Egremont, said: “There’s a book for every subject, for everyone. If you can think of a book he’s likely to have a copy.”

For the coffee addict: Do you know someone who simply can’t do without their morning brew? Well you said

For the Coffee lover try Pacha of Whitehaven

For the Coffee lover try Pacha of Whitehaven

Pacha Coffee of Whitehaven has the answer. Jordan Lewis-Skipper, of Whitehaven, said: “Pacha Coffee has almost any coffee syrup flavours, drinks like hot apple spice and gift vouchers for everyone’s favourite independent coffee house.”

For the historian: With such a rich history that this area has it is likely you know someone who could devour information about Cumbria’s past. You said The Beacon in Whitehaven would have just what they need. Sharon Watson said: “The Beacon shop – they have some fantastic local gift ideas from books to jewellery both made by local talented people.”

For the fashion diva: Do you know someone that has 50 pairs of shoes – yet never has enough? Well you said Dixon’s of Whitehaven and Workington has the answer to indulgence. Dianne Richardson, of Whitehaven, said: “I love Dixon’s since the revamp. There are so many great brands in one shop with something for every generation in the family. With 5 generations to shop for and little time it’s a godsend.”

For the artist: Is there someone you want to treat who’s the missing member of the Pre-Raphaelites or the

For the Artist try Florence Mine Arts Centre of Egremont

For the Artist try Florence Mine Arts Centre of Egremont

next Van Gogh? You said Florence Arts Centre has exactly what they need! Rose Finn said: “Florence has beautiful artwork, cards and Florence Mine’s own paint produced on site.”

For the sports fanatic: Football crazy? Rugby mad? Well, we all know someone that is, and you said Sportzone of Whitehaven is just the zone to avoid any penalties this Christmas. Dean Fearon, of Cleator Moor, said: “There’s a wide range of rugby clothing he sells, a lot imported from Australia and all at reasonable prices.”

For the kids: Shopping for kids can be a nightmare at Christmas, there’s so many different brands and toys, but you said Treasure Chest in Whitehaven could solve the answer to this problem. Adrian Davis-Johnston, Councillor for Allerdale Derwent Valley, said: “In a world where kids are swamped with over priced plastic that breaks after 24 hours – Treasure Chest provides wonderful wooden toys which both young and old love. Competitively priced compared with online and friendly staff.”

For something unique: Sometimes it’s not as simple as we’d like to find the perfect gift for someone, so we recommend looking in all the local charity shops; there might be a hidden gem or a diamond in the rough screaming the name of your someone special. Try the Egremont Heritage Centre to start!

There is so man places to shop locally, so get out there and support independent businesses!