Uckfield area shops will reopen on Monday, April 12 … as long as the Governments easing of lockdown restrictions progresses as planned.
In the meantime traders are stocking up ready for spring and summer with many still offering online service, with click and collect or delivery of products.
Greenhouse glass available at Superior Glass
Superior Glass is noticing an increased demand for greenhouse glass as people get busy in the garden.
And the company, which is based on the Bellbrook Estate, has plenty of it having just taken delivery of a shipment with pieces which can be cut to any shape and size while you wait.
Superior Glass also stocks the clips to hold the glass in place.
Look out for an April Showers promotion on the company’s Facebook page. All new online reviews will be entered into two draws this month with a Superior Glass umbrella and a bottle of bubbly on offer as the prizes.
Outside seating opens at Hartfields on April 12
Hartfields will be opening its outside seating area on April 12.
The independent coffee shop and kitchen is continuing to offer takeaway food during the day and in the evenings but after April 10 will stop serving during the evening to focus on the outside and daytime.
The business will be open throughout the Easter weekend for takeaway food and drink.
Check out the Hartfields website where menus can be found.
Josefina makes plans for the future
Lots of new stock is arriving at Josefina, including garden pots, and outdoor lights.
And, if you are thinking of getting a garden makeover under way, it’s worth knowing that the Autentico chalk paint stocked by Josefina can be used outside. It’s water resistant and has UV filters so doesn’t fade.
The shop’s back room has now been turned into a sale room with homewares and gifts available with 50% off, and with clothing discounted by between 25% and 50%.
Shop owner Louise Beard said: “We are really looking forward to reopening. I have a clear plan for this year and am excited to implement changes and create a shopping experience with added worth and value.
“There’s lots in the pipeline but for now we simply can’t wait to see our customers again.”
Louise says the Josefina website will continue to grow and become a big part of the business but her love for a bricks and mortar shop will always be her main focus.
Pictures below give you the chance to take a look inside Josefina. They highlight some of the new stock you will be able to see on reopening day, April 12.
Summer at The Little Sports Shop
The Little Sports Shop is ready for summer with cricket and tennis accessories available and also garden games. See some of the stock in the photographs below.
American sweets popular at Something for Everyone
American sweets are proving popular at Something for Everyone, especially Kit Kats which come in unusual varieties such as Mint and Dark Chocolate, Birthday Cake, and Mocha and Chocolate.
There are lots of different flavours in M&Ms too, and American sour sweets are becoming a firm favourite with customers.
Have you missed the storage boxes that used to be kept outside in front of Something for Everyone? They are still for sale but can now be found inside the shop.
A wide range of Studio Baskets, a firm favourite of the Instagram cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, are also on display in the shop. One of the new colours is sage green.
It’s worth noting that Something for Everyone has brought back its children’s craft section and pocket money buys.
Shop owner Natalie Axford says they will be ready for every eventuality during the summer when people may not be able to travel as they could before the Coronavirus pandemic.
W E Clark & Son looks forward to April 12
W E Clark & Son jewellers are looking forward to reopening and seeing people on the High Street again.
They hope to reopen on Monday, April 12 and after that opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm.
The shop will adhere to Government guidelines with facemarks, restrictions on the number of customers in store at any one time, social distancing, hand sanitiser, and screens at the till area.
Manager Lauren Saunders says a lot of people put their plans on hold because of lockdown and she and her team are looking forward to helping couples choose their wedding bands or select their dream engagement ring.
The pictures below show a small selection of diamond engagement rings, and boxes of wedding bands.
And there are new DiamonFire rings at the store, see below. They are all rhodium plated sterling silver set with cubic zirconia. There will be more in store.
New brands are expected to arrive at W E Clark & Son soon and more information will be shared over coming months.
Customers are able to book appointments in store to view products, or for ear piercing. Please call, or visit the W E Clark & Son website to book an appointment.
Online booking soon to open at Olive Sanctuary
The Olive Sanctuary is preparing to open its online booking system soon to make appointments available after April 12.
A sports therapist, Nicky Burn, has now joined reflexologist Ginny Taylor and massage therapist Anna Lane at the clinic.
Anna’s first clinic on Wednesday, April 21, Ginny’s first clinic on Thursday, April 15, and Nicky’s on Monday, April 19.
Read more in another Uckfield News story here: Sports therapist joins Ginny and Anna at Olive Sanctuary.
Spring and summer stock at Cole’s Menswear
Stock for spring and summer has arrived at Cole’s Menswear. You’ll find half sleeve shirts, T-shirts and polo shirts, casual trousers and summer knitwear and light jackets, with more coming in next week.
Manager Derek Foster said all at the shop are looking forward to reopening on April 12 and welcoming customers inside again.
Take a look in the shop windows, pictures below, to see some of the new stock.
Flip flops and wetsuits at PipeDreams
PipeDreams is well stocked up with flip flops and also has wetsuits, board shorts, and bikinis ready for the new season.
Julie Hobbs who owns the shop with husband David said they were also expecting deliveries of bodyboards, and stand-up paddle boards so bringing watersports and beach wear together under one roof in Uckfield.
Julie added: “We are expecting spring/summer clothing to arrive any day too. So in a nutshell we hope to have plenty to tempt everyone and hope that once again the good people of Uckfield and surrounding areas will show their support for the High Street.
“We look forward to seeing our lovely loyal customers, and it will be great to catch up and say hello and, of course, welcome new customers too. In the meantime you can follow us on Facebook and look at our website for a taster of what we do.”
Paws n Claws looks forward to lockdown lifting
Paws n Claws which remains open during lockdown is looking forward to seeing the High Street get back to normal later this month.
Shop owner Justine Aldridge says she is still offering a free local delivery service for orders of more than £20, and she has Covid-19 safety measures in the shop.
Paws n Claws has a new Burns loyalty card scheme where you buy five bags and get one free.
There’s also an offer on 6kg of Burns weight control which would normally sell at £26.99 but is available for £22.99.
Spring-time fun with competition at Carvills
Carvills is looking forward to opening its doors again on Monday, April 12, and is running a competition for anyone visiting the shop between April 12 and 30.
Simply pop in and guess How Many Curtain Rings are in the Glass Vase, write your name and contact details on a slip of paper and you will be able to take part in a prize draw.
The person who guesses closest to the number of rings will win a £100 gift voucher. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 4.
The Carvills team is dreaming of al fresco dining and has brought in stock especially to elevate the outdoor space be it just for you and your household, or to welcome outside guests.
The store can help you set the scene with a collection of soft and cosy throws, and create a warm ambience with a selection of lanterns and candles. You can choose from chunky church candles, sumptuous scented candles or maybe even from a flameless battery-operated candle range.
Carvills has also found a growing demand for out-of-doors soft furnishings. Their services range from making simple scatter cushions and bolsters, re-upholstering garden chairs, and sun loungers, through to supplying blinds and curtains for summer houses and pool houses.
Many fabric ranges are available for outdoor use, featuring water repellent, mould, mildew and stain resistant, and light-fast, finishes, in an abundance of colours and designs.
So if you are looking to spruce up your outdoor furniture and make the most of outside space do call the shop, on 01825 763456, to be guided through options available.
Decorate at Home packs at Kilnwood Studio
Decorate at Home packs are still available from Kilnwood Studio while the studio remains closed.
New spring lines have been added and they can be bought online from the Kilnwood Studio shop.
Studio owner Gaynor Robson said decorating at home is a fun activity for all the family. It can be enjoyed inside or outside, perhaps with a friend in the garden.
Gaynor said that since studio customers work inside at tables the business operates under the hospitality venue guidelines.
This means they are working towards a reopening date of Tuesday, May 18. More details will be made available nearer the time.
Gaynor said: “We can’t wait to be able to open our door and welcome customers into the studio once again.”
SG Home Interiors counts down to reopening
SG Home Interiors is counting down to reopening its showrooms on April 12, and Debbie Reed says they can’t wait to welcome customers once more.
She added: “We are grateful to all our lovely customers who have continued to support us by using our Contact & Collect service or happily switched to kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom design consultations via Zoom.
Fresh look for wool and fabric sections at Sew n Sew
Yarn and fabric departments at Sew n Sew have been given a makeover as the haberdashery prepares to reopen this month.
New in are cross stitch and tapestry materials, from Aida, which are ideal as a base for your own inspirational designs, or for use with a pattern.
Zero waste goods at Best Health Food Shop
Eco friendliness and sustainability are high on the list of priorities at Best Health Food Shop in Uckfield.
That is why you will find a well-stocked Zero Waste refill section in store where you can reuse and refill your own bottles with household products from washing up liquid to natural toiletries such as shampoo.
Easy to use dispensers
Loose food items such as nuts, seeds, oats, muesli, pasta and lentils are also available from easy-to-use dispensers. Bring your own containers, or use the brown paper bags or glass jars available in the shop.
Herbs, spices and other food items can also be weighed for you.
New artworks at Diane Hutt Gallery
Diane Hutt from the Diane Hutt Gallery is looking forward to reopening on next week, and meeting with customers to discuss their art and picture framing requirements.
During lockdown artists have been busy working on new artworks and collections. The best selling artist during March was Gary Walton. Two of his works can be seen below.
Artists creating new collections include Nicky Litchfield and Paul Evans. There are also new releases from Debbie Boon and a new work is coming soon from Leigh Lambert.