A hugely popular antiques shop in Cumbria is set to reopen this Saturday after its owner took a much-needed two-month break.

Spotty Dawgs Antique & Used Furniture is a second-hand furniture shop in Longtown that has won the hearts of many in Cumbria in its five years in business

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Owner Andrew Scott has worked almost non-stop since establishing the shop back in 2019, and he contemplated closing down in the summer of 2023 before a change of heart. 

Instead, he decided that the shop would close for two months each year between January and March, to allow him a well-earned rest.

Back in 2023, he said: "This is to allow us to do what we need to before we got to a certain age, where we just can't do as much. We will be spending some time away out the country, firstly off to the south of France. We are already planning our journey.

"The amount of you that have come into the shop recently and expressed your disappointment that we were planning to close, it's quite a heartwarming thing and thank you all. 

"So there you have it, we are staying where we are."

But now, after a family trip to France in January, he is excited to reopen on Saturday, March 2 at 10am. 

In an interview with the News & Star, he said: "We took off to France for a month for a bit of shopping and family time. We have come back and rearranged the shop, and it's now a new start again.

"It was good to not think about answering the phone, but I massively missed it. I enjoy the customers and what goes on in the shop."

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Black Swan Vintage Interiors will also be trading from Saturday in the upstairs space of Spotty Dawgs.

Andrew added: "I've been cleaning up the shop for the past two weeks and the amount of people who have wanted to come in has been absolutely crazy. I know this weekend is going to be a bit manic, but I'm so excited to get back."