With our tummies full of all the food we’ve been craving for months as the Eat Out to Help Out scheme draws to a close, it’s about time we turned to treating ourselves in other ways – like with fabulous hair and stunning nails.

As part of Copeland Borough Council’s campaign to Shop local: Keep it in Copeland, encouraging each and ever member of the community to get out there supporting their local business owners, this week we’re putting the focus on salons and beauty bars, because we all deserve to look and feel our best after such a challenging time!

And the team at Strandz 9, in Whitehaven, is loving every second of welcoming their loyal customers back, as well as getting its hands on new visitors’ lovely locks.

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“When we were in lockdown, the not knowing was the most worrying part, and the financial side as well,” Owner Louise Arrighi said: “There was the worry of whether our customers would come back when we could open again, but they have – they’ve been wonderful and so supportive, and we couldn’t be more grateful to them all for it.”

But it’s not just their customers the thrilled salon wants to thank, as the town and borough councils have been “a huge help” for the team.

Louise said: “The council have been amazing.

“We were one of the first places in the country to get our grants that we needed – where the council is concerned, they have just been brilliant, especially for smaller businesses like ours.”

And with the support of so many behind them, the Duke Street-based business owner had one final message for the community.

“Keep it local,” she said, explaining how people can support independent businesses.

“It’s a case of use it or lose it, and if you want to see a full high street with all independently-owned shops run by local people, keep it local and help them.”

“It gives us such a boost when customers come back to us and keep our reputation going – so everyone should definitely keep supporting the businesses in town!”

But it’s not just those with a devoted band of support behind them who are thankful for the business, with brand new business popping up across the borough now that restrictions have been lifted – and Replenished Lash and Brow Bar is one of them.

After just one month of making Cleator Moor’s eyebrows and lashes fabulous, owner is feeling the love from her community – and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

“I used to be mobile so I’ve had those clients coming to me, and I’ve seen a few new people coming in, but it’s a case of getting the word out there that I’m here!” the 37-year-old said.

“It’s being going great though, and I’m loving it.”

News and Star: Rebecca McluckieRebecca Mcluckie The beauty bar, based at Cygnus Workspaces on High Street, offers everything from brow waxing and full lashes to vitamin B12 boosters, with plenty of new treatments in the pipeline all set for when the pleased owner can complete the necessary courses.

She said: “We offer quite unique treatments, and I’m really excited for everyone to start coming in and see what I have to offer.

“The main thing is letting people know that I’m here and I’m always happy to welcome new customers – it’d be amazing to see new faces coming through the door, and I think [Shop Local] will help a lot with letting people know about the business!”

Plenty of beauty bars and salons across the borough are delighted to welcome their beloved clients back after so long, so make sure to check in with your go-to team for those much-needed manicures and catch-up-filled brow tints before they’re fully booked.

And as always, let’s support our lovely community by Shopping Local and Keeping it in Copeland – and look gorgeous while doing so!