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Muddy opinion: let’s support our shops

Anyone else itching to get into a real shop when they open on 15 June? Here's why we think hitting our local high streets is a good thing.

As lockdown eases, retailers classed as non-essential are allowed to start reopening from next Monday (15 June) and we could not be happier at this news. We know some people will be very cautious about hitting their local high street just yet – obviously, there is still a virus out there and that threat shouldn’t be taken lightly – but our feeling is that if you feel safe, confident and able to do so, let’s show our favourite local shops our support.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Muddy has always been about championing the plucky, diverse, brilliant independent retailers that proudly pepper the high streets of Cornwall’s villages and towns – and they need us more than ever right now. Never has the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ been more pertinent.

The local business owners we’ve been talking to say they’ve been working hard to make their spaces safe for customers and staff. 

So where we heading this week? We’re looking forward to heading to Hawksfield on the A39 where we can pop into Jo&Co and finally feed our fika fix with a takeaway coffee, cake and social distanced chat from Strong Adolofos. We’re also looking forward to a trip to independent opticians Alexander Miller in Falmouth (hello new frames, finally!) as well as picking up some lunch from Sabzi Deli in Truro and a visit to beautiful garden centre The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.

We also hear that Seasalt will be open in Truro, Falmouth and Padstow, complete with hand santizer, contactless payment only and no fitting rooms (but extended returns periods)

So where will be your first port of call and why? I’d love to hear your shout-outs for your local high street heroes – tell us in the comments box below. Don’t forget your face mask and hand sanitiser, along with your credit card!

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