“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, …”
Since we reopened our doors last month, we have put up with rain, snow, hail & thunder, but sadly, only a little sunshine! Well ‘you’ can’t have it all. To be perfectly honest, every day that we are open, is a great day for us right now!
Despite May’s weather, visitors have commented on how bright and colourful Abrahams is and how exciting it is to be able to get out and about again, resuming some elements of a ‘normal’ life. I am pleased to say that we have been very busy and it is great to see so many familiar faces returning to the store as well as many new ones.
The relief at seeing the store and the town of Kirkby Lonsdale buzzing with activity again is countered by ongoing post-Brexit frustrations with some of the new stock arriving from Europe. If you visited our store today you wouldn’t notice anything wrong, as it’s brimming with colourful clothing and homewares. However we are missing key items that seem to be doing a ‘magical mystery tour’ of Europe – at our expense. Whilst there may not be enough drama to stretch to a 6 part Netflix series, the mistakes are are time consuming and costing money – the last thing any retailer that’s been restricted during the various lockdowns wants to hear.
But as I’ve already said, “every day that we are open, is a great day for us right now”, especially with a shop bursting with wonderful things:
Our clothing ranges for both men and women are colourful and sophisticated this season: we have fun prints from both Vilagallo and R2Amsterdam as usual. Barbour collections are better than ever with stylish layering pieces as well as a great range of jackets. Other highlights include our own-label men’s jackets in a selection of natural yarns and lightweight knits in soft colours as well as the classics.
We are increasing our selection of homeware (for obvious reasons!) with a new range of beautiful Bohemian glass jugs as well an extended range of candlesticks and candles. If you are looking for beautiful accessories, we have a stunning range of new velvet bags from Ortigia and colourful recycled plastic baskets from a wonderful fair trade company in Paris. Our jewellery selection continues to expand each season and we have lots of new and exciting designs that you won’t see anywhere else.
If you do end up in Kirkby Lonsdale over the next few weeks, do pop in. Whatever the weather is doing outside, we can guarantee a warm welcome and dazzling colour throughout the store.
We look forward to welcoming you. Best wishes,
Josie & the Abrahams team.