A SPECIALIST store in Bowness that took the time to reinvent itself during the third national lockout is urging locals to shop in the area before the great summer rush.
The Original Man Shop, based on Quarry Rigg, is a unique, multi-award-winning men’s store that makes it easy for you to find that special gift for a man or for yourself. Packed with inspiring, practical and fun stuff for men of all ages, in stores and online.
The concept shop is set up to provide a hub for gifts and accessories for people of all ages, earning them the “ Men’s Gift Retailer of the Year – North West ” award at the 2020 Northern Enterprise Awards as well as the ‘Best Online Gifts for Men’ at the UK Business Awards 2020.
Owner Andy Poole redecorated during lockdown like many others have, but took the time to rethink his market and pushed products like his unisex sunglasses to cater for the tourist market. The move was prompted by his move to Bowness from Ulverston.
âIt’s a really strange time because I don’t really know how things are going to go from a tourism point of view,â said the Ulverston resident.
âI still don’t know what people are going to do on their vacation.
âI spent a lot of time during the lockdown doing a complete makeover with the store and moved everything around to make the place a much better impression.
âI have the widest range of sunglasses in the region because I have started to adapt to the tourist market.
âMuch of what we have is unisex so we can cater to a larger audience.â
There is a wide selection of products in store, ranging from watches to wallets, bags to bracelets and belts, from shaving supplies to beard care, novelty gifts, sunglasses, books and hats. According to Mr. Poole, one of their unique features is their range of bamboo socks and clothing that can keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.
âI think it would be good for local people to visit these local stores as they are currently dependent on visitors from outside the region,â he said.
âNot many locals come to Bowness who live nearby because it is a tourist spot. But now is the perfect time to come and visit before more restrictions ease and tourism really begins anew.