It may be lockdown still but love is still in the air in Rugby. Our local shops and businesses are going out of their way to ensure that we can still show partners, family and friends that we care about them. It is essential that we all do the right thing for Rugby. We know so many people and businesses are making huge sacrifices to contribute towards controlling this pandemic. Let’s continue to do our part in ensuring we minimise its impact on Rugby by minimising the number of people we see, washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping a distance from others.
Some of our town highlights this month include:
- Edward Knights were voted the Best Estate Agent in Rugby by Right Move.
- Terracotta featured in The Times The Best Boutiques To Shop Online During Lockdown.
- Rugby Advertiser featured Hunt’s Bookshop’s Books For Children Fund which aims to raise £1,000 to give children from low income families new books.
- Complete estate agents celebrated their 16th anniversary of their first business in Rugby.
- Negrills Caribbean takeaway in partnership with Nu Gen Care delivered food parcels to local vulnerable families.
- Uber Eats gave Hill Murry a Local Legends badgefor being a popular takeaway choice.
- Baylis & Peet hairdressers launched a new online shop.
- Our round up of 14 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day can be viewed here.
We’re starting 2021 with the coronavirus pandemic still looming over us and lockdown measures in place. Yet despite these difficulties our resilient local retailers and businesses are continuing to operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines.
Have you told your friends about your favourite small businesses? Whether it’s an online yoga class, food delivery service or birthday gifts, let’s share #shoplocal recommendations to support Rugby town centre businesses and our local communities.
As we come out of Lockdown 2.0 and enter new restrictions, we hope that Christmas will provide us all with a bit of festive cheer in what has been an incredibly challenging year. So we have sprinkled this month’s bog with seasonal goodwill.
Our business news this month includes:
- Congratulations to Red Brick’s Kat Ellerker, awarded Best Letting agent in Rugby 2020 All Agents People Awards for Customer Experience.
- La Casa Loco and Inside the 22 featured in lifestyle blog Muddy Stilettos top takeaway guide.
- Rugby Unwrapped, Wild & Free, The Stottie Shop and Adee’s Spud Van were interviewed by the Rugby Advertiser on the first day of Lockdown 2.0.
- House of Cards has a new e-commerce website launching at the beginning of December.
As we approach our second lockdown, Rugby town centre businesses are not letting the challenges of COVID-19 stop them from providing the best customer service:
- Five Star Theatre was named Best Theatre Production House 2020 in the SME News 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards.
- The Courthouse ran an offer on kids meals during October half-term.
- Terracotta boutique launched their new website https://terracotta.boutique
- Niki-Lus shoe shop began to stock a new range of soy candles from a local maker.
- The new website page for Bloom. Space Rugby co-working space went live https://www.bloom.space/rugby
- Congratulations to Steven and Esther from Complete Estate Agents, who have been awarded Gold and Silver Awards for Five Star Customer Service in Estate Agency in Rugby and surrounding villages.
- Clair Saxon (Co-owner of from Rugby Unwrapped) became a new Rugby First Board Member.
With the COVID-shaped shadow looming over festivities,
Christmas may well be very different for retailers, business owners and
shoppers this year. With less than 70 days to go, Maybe interviewed 14,000
people and found that for 31% of respondents staying safe where they shop is
their number one priority and 65% have already started their Christmas
In Rugby town centre our highlights this month include:
- Bespoke Hairdressing received the Phorest Client Experience Award for 2020.
- Perry Appleton Risk Services rebranded to Appletons
- The Rugby Hotel has received the ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain for their COVID-19 measures.
- Yum Yum World opened a new glow in the dark soft play tennis area.
- Gallachers of Rugby has moved to new larger premises (still in Regent Street.)
- Vintage Gelato opened on Church Street.
Our town centre is welcoming visitors, shoppers and workers back with (socially distanced) open arms! Many shops have used the lockdown time to adapt and develop new product lines, spruce up their shops, or develop new delivery services, so that our town centre remains a vibrant and friendly place to shop and visit.
September highlights include:
- Bloom.Space Rugby has begun work on the town’s first co-working space in North Street.
- Goody Two Shoes expanded their business by selling balloons and party decorations.
- The Toolshed Café in Caldecott Park reopened with local baker Hatty Bakewell’s.
- A new business Vintage Gelato began fitting out their shop on Church Street.
- Hunts Bookshop expanded its Games Workshop range.
- Cave bar is due to open in the former Pharmacea premises on High Street.