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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Independent Carlisle businesses have designs on gaining customers

Cakes, bridal dresses and cutting-edge architecture will all feature in the first Carlisle Design Week next month.

Cakeworkshop photo
The Cake Workshop at Warwick Mill

Furniture retailer Dickinsons is behind the initiative, running from June 3 until 8, which aims to showcase the best of the city’s independent businesses.

Those taking part will run promotions and offers to tempt customers, and put on demonstrations.

Dickinsons’ chief executive Steve Traviss said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response from businesses since he unveiled the concept two weeks ago.

He expects at least 25 to take part. Mr Traviss said: “We are now well past the point of critical mass to make the event a success, and we are getting more quality businesses involved with every passing day.”

Those confirmed as participants include:

  • The Edge hairdressers – demonstrating hair design;
  • Architects Plus – showcasing architectural projects;
  • Steeds bespoke tailors – showing how they make men’s clothing;
  • Jiggery Pokery ladies’ fashion and accessories – the latest ladies fashion and accessory trends;
  • The Cake Workshop, cake-decorating school – the art of cake decoration;
  • Town and Country Interiors – cooking in its kitchen and bathroom studio;
  • The Wedding Warehouse – showing wedding dresses and grooms’ suits;
  • Peter Tyson audio-visual – showcasing top brands of TVs, home cinema and hi-fi;
  • QI Drop Therapy – demonstrating aromatherapy;
  • The Aga Shop – cooking at its newly-refurbished store;
  • Bijou Brasserie – showcasing its contemporary menu and fine wines.

Mr Traviss said: “These are all independent, specialist businesses who are offering products and services that are different to and better than the run-of-the-mill national companies.”

Dickinsons Interiors is taking a leading role, as might be expected.

The store is inviting in a specialist upholster who will make and upholster a chair.

There will also be a presentation on the life of an interior designer, a fitting demonstration for carpets and Amtico flooring, and a presentation by Little Greene Paint Co on the use of paint colour in interior design. The week will culminate with demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday at Dickinsons store in Victoria Viaduct.

This involves clearing part of the ground floor so participating businesses can put on a showcase of the work they do, allowing the public to see things that normally happen behind the scenes.

Any more businesses interested in taking part should contact Dickinsons’ store manager Jim Booth on 01228 524231.

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