Here’s a round-up of shopping news in Uckfield for January. There are lots of sales under way and bargains to be snapped up.
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Sale starts at Josefina today
A 50% off sale of Christmas stock has been running at Josefina this week but today homeware and furniture will be going into the sale too.
Current stock, lamps, bedspreads, gifts and furniture will be included to make way for new stock from lots of new suppliers.
Huge savings at Carvills
Carvills is flagging up huge savings on bedding, lighting, furniture, giftware and pictures too.
The store also has up to 20% discount on all ordered fabrics and wallpapers. The sale ends on Saturday, February 4, and Carvills is looking forward to new stock arriving after that.
Elizabeth Arden at Kamsons
Have you spotted that Kamsons Pharmacy in Uckfield High Street stocks Elizabeth Arden. You are welcome to call in and browse. Some of the range can be seen in the pictures below.
PipeDreams sign up to stay in Uckfield another ten years
The owners of PipeDreams, the snow, surf and skate shop in Uckfield, are to renew the shop’s lease and commit to staying in Uckfield for another ten years.
Husband and wife team David and Julie Hobbs celebrated PipeDreams’ tenth anniversary in 2016 and David said they were happy to be staying in town.
“We still have confidence in the town and, because we are specialists, people do come to us from a wide area.”
Lifestyle and fitness clothing is in a sale which has started at PipeDreams this month.
Sale at Diane Hutt Gallery
Diane Hutt is preparing for the arrival of new stock and offering a range of artwork for sale with huge discounts.
Keep an eye on the gallery window where the best offers will be on display. You will also find all Debbie Boon paintings reduced by 10% until January 15.
New works are already arriving such as the Allan Morgan deer in woodland scene below.
Leigh Lambert was one of the top artists at the gallery in December and if you call in you will spot his works He’s a Friend Not a Foe and Peace At Long Last on display.
Diane is particularly looking forward to the arrival of original landscapes by Lillias Blackie which she says will all be beautifully framed.
Half price football boots at Final Score
Half price football boots in assorted sizes and brands are included in a New Year sale at Final Score sports shop.
There are half price calendars too and good deals on rackets for tennis, squash and badminton.
More stock will be added to the sale as time goes on so it is worth calling in there.
Great Christmas for Cheese Etc
The owners of Cheese Etc, which opened in Uckfield during 2016, were stunned by the level of business they did in the run up to Christmas.
There were queues out of the door on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the big day and Martin Sergison said they did seven weeks worth of trade in one week.
His partner Sharon Douglas said they nearly ran out of cheese at one point.
Martin said the level of trade restored their fatith in what they were doing and they were looking forward to 2017.
Look out for winter warmers at Cheese Etc this month. They will be selling sandwiches with soup or with a hot drink.
More than 80% of clothing in sale at Chapter Three
More than 80% of clothing is in a sale at Chapter Three to make way for new arrivals coming this month.
Shop owner Kay Bevan says there’s a lot of colour in the new stock which is from favourite brands such as Postcard but there are new suppliers too.
Work shirts and pom pom hats popular at Uckfield Emporium
Warm workwear including hooded and padded Wrangler shirts and warm, fleece lined shirts are available and selling well for £15 at Bell Walk Emporium next to Sew n Sew.
Lined pom pom hats are proving popular too – in some cases the pom poms are removable so they can be protected while the hats are washed.
Coffee for connoisseurs at Hartfields
If you think of yourself as something of a coffee connoisseur then it’s worth calling in at Hartfields Produce Store where a new blend of beans is now being used.
Most people won’t be able to taste the difference – the new blend is chosen with flavour profiles to match the old – but those with a particularly refined palate might just notice.
Produce store owner James Hartfield said their coffee is made using beans from two areas, one chosen for its fruitiness and the other for its nuttiness.
They come from small Fairtrade suppliers and beans being used now are Serra Negra from Brazil and Nova from Rwanda.
Specials on the dinner menu at Hartfields currently include starters of pan fried tiger prawns with garlic and herb butter and sourdough toast; and breaded Halloumi sticks with red pepper relish, rocket, red onion, and cherry tomato salad.
Mains include slow roasted lamb shank, bubble and squeak mash, red wine gravy, and crispy onion rings. Another choice is pan fried sea-bass fillets, with parmesan crushed new potatoes, saute leeks, roast cherry tomatoes and pesto dressing.
Halloumi sticks are available on the lunch specials menu too. Another choice for lunch is lime and corriander chicken skewers served with mango chutney.
Lunch mains specials are quesadilla filled baked tortilla with mixed beans, red onion, coriander, avocado, cheese, red pepper relish and mixed salad – you can add cooked chorizo sausage if that appeals.
Also available from the lunchtime specials menu is local cured ham, egg, and hand cut chips and Ouse Valley piccalilli or bacon, brie and cranberry ciabatta, crisps and side salad.
Desserts include mulled wine poached pears with fruit compote and vanilla cream and Clementine cake with orange syrup and clotted cream.
Seville oranges are expected at Hartfields any time.
Did you see?
• Saffron and Sycamore is closing its New Town premises at the end of January. A clearance sale is under way and a new website will be launched while the owners try to find a new shop in town. See a previous Uckfield News story: Popular Uckfield shop to close.
• Another shop closing is Barnes Angling and Game Centre. The last day of trading, according to the shop’s Facebook page, will be January 31.
A post there says the roadworks in Uckfield last summer were the beginning of the end and trying to compete with the internet has had a devastating effect for a small shop.
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