Non-essential traders from across the Vale of Glamorgan have been busy preparing to reopen their shops from Monday 12th April.
Covid-19 has had a major impact on traders across the County, but the support of the local community means high streets in Barry, Penarth, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge are looking forward to opening their doors to welcome customers for the first time since before Christmas.
Hev’s Creations – a family run Bridal business based on Holton Road in Barry is on of those businesses looking forward to opening.
Hairdresser Alyson Talbot, who runs Images Unisex Salon which is now based in the same building as Hev’s Creations has been able to return to work since hairdressers in Wales were allowed to open on March 15.
Ms Talbot said: “It’s been fairly quiet at the moment so I’m helping Heather [of Hev’s Creation] get organised for the re-opening.
“We’ll both be open for appointment only and have safety measures in place, like PPE and sanitizer.”
Having been closed since before Christmas, local traders are excited about re-opening next week.
Homemade Wales, a gift shop on High Street in Barry is “looking forward to seeing all our customers and community again”
Owner Fay Blakeley said “We’re all restocked with work by our established makers, in addition to introducing some new makers to the Homemade Wales family.”
“It’s been a long winter, but we’ve used the time to consolidate our online offering, in particular our luxury hamper service. We’ve also created a new designated ‘Pantry’ area in a back room/part of the shop, which will allow customers to the bricks & mortar shop to pick their own hampers, whilst we wrap them at our new hamper wrapping station.”
No.39 on Cowbridge High Street is another store looking forward to opening, with owner Sarah Legg saying “We really appreciated the support of our customers during lockdown, it meant an awful lot that you supported us during this time.”
Meanwhile Llantwit Major based Pretty Vintage Things owner Sally Louise Jones is “Excited to be reopening on Monday.” saying “We have revamped the interior and it is brimming with fresh stock and we are ready to welcome you back.”
Traders across the County have thanked residents for their support, including Karen from Umpa Lumpa Sweet shop in Penarth.
“Thanks for your support. The team at Umpa Lumpa sweet shop is excited to welcome back our customers into a safe but fun environment! It will be lovely to hear the chatter and hustle and bustle in Windsor Arcade.” said Karen.
As shops begin to reopen, residents are being urged to “think local and support their high streets” as part of a Vale Town Centres campaign which aims to boost footfall following lockdown.
Nia Hollins, from Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on all our lives, but for our nation’s high streets it has been devastating.
“Independently run businesses are completely reliant on your support in order to survive – without that our high streets will never recover.
“As non-essential retailers reopen, we’re asking locals to throw their full support behind our vital high streets.
“We’d encourage everyone to support this campaign by doing their bit to support businesses in Cowbridge, Barry, Penarth and Llantwit Major.
“Whether you’re shopping for something big or small, everything helps. Please show your support and think local, they need you now more than ever.”