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Brights, patterns, feathers and fur

Looking for a picture-perfect outfit for a special occasion?

The girls at independent retailer in Wainwright’s Yard, Maya Maya, have dressed the shop with their brand new spring collections and are on hand to help you get ready early.

We all know that the early bird catches the worm, and it’s the same with fashion, as with some of their beautiful outfits there’s just one available in each size.

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The shop has just re-opened with a new look and feel and the team are now specialising in ladieswear only. Call in anytime or book an appointment for a personal shopping experience to plan your mother of the bride, wedding, race day or party guest outfit.

Their rails are filled with beautiful dresses so you could spend all day rifling through bright colours, patterns, furs, feathers and frills. Trying on is also part of the experience and the team are there to find you something that suits your style, that is also comfortable and flattering.

Maya Maya also hires out hats and fascinators, so if you need head to toe bespoke style, or you’re looking to change up an outfit you’ve worn before with a different accessory colour, they can help you with this too.

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The price point on occasion wear is somewhere between designer and high street. You’re getting a good quality stand-out piece that you could wear again – perhaps accessorising differently for another event. Some of the pieces above are timeless and can be worn over and over again, so they’re great value.

wedding outfits for a special occasion in Kendal's Maya Maya

Blues, greens and greys taking centre stage for spring.

the shop has a brilliant range of plus size outfits.

Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

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Booths a more sustainable retailer in Kendal

Northern retailer Booths, who have a store in Wainwright’s Yard in Kendal, produce some brilliant witty regional cotton re-useable bags.

Slogans include ‘Cumbria not Umbria’, ‘Wuthering Bites’, ‘The Cake District’ and ‘Much Ado about Mutton’. They are even good enough to be given as gifts and they have been making us smile since the company brought them out in 2016. It was an inspired response to legislation brought into to reduce litter and encourage sustainable bag use.

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And now they have brought back traditional brown paper bags, made from recycled paper, for fruit and vegetables as part of wide-ranging measures to reduce their use of plastic.

The new paper bags have a see-through paper panel and a wide gusset that means they are deceptively large.

Much of their fruit and veg is displayed loose so it’s easy to avoid pre-packed and the plastic that can come with that.

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Other measures they are taking to be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly retailer include switching their soft drink options in the café fridges to glass bottles and cans rather than plastic bottles, both of which are easily recyclable. Read more about further sustainability and environment initiatives on the Booths’ website.

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Valentine’s ideas Kendal

There are certain films, no matter how old they are or how many times we’ve seen them, which are perfect for Valentine’s Day viewing. They include ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail’.

They are all by Nora Ephron – journalist, a blogger, an essayist, a novelist, a playwright, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director who died in 2012. We also love her sharp New Yorker wit, which chimes with Valentine’s Day. She said:

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”

With that mind, and whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, we hope they include food (and not necessarily just potatoes).

In Wainwright’s Yard, Booths sell Lakeland Bake Love Heart Crumpets. There are four to a packet and they are satisfyingly fat and heart shaped.

There are endless possibilities of course when it comes to what you put on top of them. Here are three suggestions for you:

Avocado, drizzled with dressing or a dash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

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Mashed banana with cinnamon

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Warm blueberry and red chilli – yes really. An unbelievably lovely, healthy combination from a recipe in a book by Dale Pinnock, The Medicinal Chef. He says gently warm a punnet of blueberries in a pan until along with a finely chopped de-seeded red chilli.

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For traditionalists, who will always link Valentine’s Day with chocolates, roses, and wine, there’s still plenty to choose from at Booths in Wainwright’s Yard, Kendal.

Ferrero Rocher are always popular. More than 4.6 billion pieces of Ferrero Rocher are made worldwide every year, using about a quarter of the world’s supply of hazelnuts. And it took them five years of experiments and practice to get the shape of the wafer just right!

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Lunch in Kendal pizza express takeaway

Lunch in Kendal

If you’re dashing about in town and want to grab something on the go, either to eat there and then, or to take back home for an easy lunchtime snack, there are plenty of options in Wainwright’s Yard.

Home-made sandwiches, soups, salads, sweet treats and pizzas are on the menu. These quick lunch options are exciting, filling and good value for money. Here’s some of the top picks brightening our 1pm…

Booths 4 for £4 food to go meal deal

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We’ve got to be honest – this meal deal beats many we’ve had in the past. There’s so many different mix and match options, the quality of the food is great and at £4 for 4 things, it’s technically a pound an item, which is excellent value. Just look for the bright red ‘I’m in the meal deal’ sign and you’re good to go. We’ve listed some of our favourite picks below and the full range can also be found online at Booths.

Mains: include sushi, wraps, sandwiches, baguettes, ciabattas and salads. Our top-picks are the Tanpopo zensai salmon sushi pack, thai green chicken & jasmine rice one pot, turkey & chorizo ciabatta and the prawn layered pasta salad.

Snacks and drinks: include fruit, veg packs, crisps, popcorn, yoghurts, sweet treats, cakes and healthier snacks. Our top picks are the carrot cake, Tyrrells sweet & salted popcorn, pineapple chunks and the The Collective Scottish raspberry yoghurt.

Drinks include flavoured still and sparkling waters, and coca cola.

Pomegranate and Sage deli-style takeaway

Owner Tony’s menu is ever-changing, so that’s all part of the fun when picking a takeaway lunch option from Pomegranate and Sage.

There’s artisan breads stuffed with fillings, hot or cold. Straight off the griddle, try the warm aubergine, haloumi, sweet potato, falafel and home-made mango chutney. There’s also frittatas, salads and soups. The spinach, pea and green lentil soup is one of our favourites and it’s served with chunky, crusty bread.

Lunch in Kendal - Pomegranate & Sage takeaway options

Their coffee and sweet treats are a perfect quick pick-me-up too; try the nutella and double chocolate brownies, cappuccino cake, flapjacks and hazelnut and raspberry cake.

Takeaway from Pizza Express

If you have a little more time on your hands and access to a phone, pre-ordering your favourite pizza by calling or using an online click and collect is really simple. Your pizza could be just an hour away at Pizza Express.

Lunch in Kendal pizza express takeaway

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Men’s Grooming in Kendal: New Year, New You

Part of our #secretkendal series of articles, we asked local photographer Ian Wood to give us his top tips for male grooming and styling in Kendal…

Every year, following massive overindulgence in the name of Christmas, many of us take to diets, exercise, share our Strava and so on, which is great, it really is. But how many of us also think about switching up our grooming routine? And by that, I mean our skin, hair and (if you have one) beard?

Kendal is a great place to –
get groomed.
change your style.
define your style.
experiment with your style.
grow a beard.
shave the beard off.
grow your hair.
change your hairstyle.

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Let’s start with skincare. First of all, make sure you are well hydrated and find a skincare brand that works for you. I personally love the Bath House range of men’s skincare and shaving products, especially the fragrances, like Cuban Cedar & Lime, Spanish Nutmeg and Fig. There are lots of fresh citrus notes (Lime, Orange, Lemon) and other great natural ingredients (Olive, Bay, and Sage) which are all really great, feel good scents!

The biggest plus is that the fragrance is subtle without signalling ‘chemical’ or being overpowering. 

Armstrong Ward here in Wainwright’s Yard stock a great range of Bath House products – drop in and have a sniff, there are testers available – you won’t be disappointed!

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When it comes to hair, Kendal is spoilt for barbers, my count gets it to 7 in the town centre, all dedicated to men’s hair. You will see products for sale in the window and on the cutting stations, and the stylists and barbers will recommend products that suit your hair and scalp type.

Proper product vs cost – great products such as those by American Crew, (available from The Gentry on Highgate in town) are actually often more cost effective than those in the supermarket as you need so little product – a bottle will last yonks.

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Ditch the wet look gel and ask your barber the best way to style your hair, they will be happy to advise and make sure you have the perfect product – treat it as a regime.

OK, that’s the barnet sorted, what about your look? Well, we will talk about style in another blog post. In the meantime, have a gander at the great men’s fashion options in Kendal – there’s something for everyone and every budget.

So there you go, 2019 is your year, be proud of you, go out and get it, and walk tall with your new, groomed look!


Ian Wood has been a professional photographer for the last ten years and specialises in fashion and commercial photography from his studio on Dockray Hall. He’s recently extended his skills into videography.

In his previous career, Ian worked in the hair and beauty industry with global hair brand, Wella Professionals, and P&G with brands like Sebastian, High Hair, System Professional, Trucco Make-Up and many others.

All video and images in this article are by Wood & Co.

Valentine's Day in Kendal

Valentine’s Day in Kendal

Whether you’re a romantic when it comes to Valentine’s Day or think it’s overrated – there are plenty of unmissable offers going on in Wainwright’s Yard that we think you will love! Read on to discover how you can make the most of this year’s Valentine’s Day in Kendal.

Treat a loved one (or yourself!) to gorgeous gifts from Armstrong Ward

If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, or simply want an excuse to treat yourself. Armstrong Ward have a wonderful array of gifts, homeware and edible goodies.

The luxurious Armstrong Ward candles are back by popular demand! These candles not only look the part, but also smell divine.

Valentine's Day in Kendal

You can’t go wrong with flowers – and Armstrong Ward’s lovely little flower shop has such a wonderful selection. Their faux flowers make the perfect gift or addition to your home, and you don’t need to worry about watering them!

Valentine's Day in Kendal

Get ready for Valentine’s Day dates with Crew Clothing

Find the perfect Valentine’s date outfit with Crew Clothing.

Valentine's Day in Kendal

Enjoy unbeatable pizza and prosecco at Pizza Express

Valentine's Day in Kendal

If you’re still looking for somewhere to go for a perfect Valentine’s meal – head to Pizza Express. Their passionate team will be cooking your pizza with love this Valentine’s Day from a menu that’s far too good to turn down.

Whether you take your partner, your sister, a friend, or whoever else you choose to spend Valentine’s with, enjoy delicious pizza and prosecco in the vibrant atmosphere of Pizza Express.

Click here to book online.

With a spectacular range of shops, eateries and a cocktail bar – head to Wainwright’s Yard to make the most of Valentine’s Day in Kendal.

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