A brand new “life-style” store promoting comfortable furnishings, jewelry, garments and style equipment in addition to foods and drinks has opened within the Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire.
The Life-style Barn used the top of lockdown to launch at Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan, a number of miles south of Loughborough.
A lot of the produce on sale is sourced domestically, akin to Burleighs Gin, which is distilled on the farm, Botany Bees honey, Nenette candies, Driver’s Pickles and John Bradley Jams, in addition to gadgets from Katherine Sheard Artwork, Ralph and Rose child equipment and Lemonybird greetings playing cards.
There’s additionally gadgets sourced from elsewhere within the UK, all from impartial companies, together with Mr Fitzpatrick’s cordials, Williams Handbaked, Morgan Wright, Jungle Tradition, Nouri and Cocoba.
The store is being launched by Lynn Bailey from Bawdon Lodge Farm, together with Jules Baines from Simply Jules Jewelry.
The farm has been an outside and barn wedding ceremony and occasions venue since 2012.
Pre-Covid it held its personal well-liked artisan gala’s.
In line with Lynn, there’s planning permission in place to develop the farm’s huge grain barn right into a espresso store, life-style retailer and smaller retail models for native artisan companies, however the pandemic led to a halt in proceedings.
Eager to do one thing to help and showcase native artisans and creatives and develop the Bawdon Lodge Farm model, Lynn and Jules organised a Covid-safe pop-up store in December 2020.
Such was its success, the duo determined to take the buying expertise to the following stage and transfer into one of many greater barns on the farm.
In line with Lynn, their goal is to ascertain a pleasant buying setting which is accessible to the area people and which helps native companies.
The Life-style Barn is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. It’s closed on Monday, aside from financial institution holidays.
The farm can be open for woodland walks, and clients can purchase takeaway drinks and make use of the outside seating space.
Out of doors weddings can be found, and plans to transform the massive grain barn are nonetheless set to go forward.
Quite a few occasions are additionally because of happen on the farm this yr, together with artisan gala’s, charity occasions and outside theatre together with native theatre teams.