People and communities

The Little Yorkshire Candle Company reopens with care

Our local businesses are working hard to keep open and keep customers safe, keeping essential services going during the coronavirus pandemic; they undertake many roles, and we're celebrating this collective show of unity via #YorkKind.

Alex's story, The Little Yorkshire Candle Company

I opened my shop in December 2019 after finding a beautiful premises in Goodramgate. I love York, and have really enjoyed creating a welcoming, calm ambience with the essential oils and products. Trade was great in December, followed by a quiet January and flooding in February. I was very nervous but everyone said don’t worry. Then March brought Coronavirus and all of our ideas and plans for workshops have stopped for now.

I have used the past three months to reflect on what is important and to develop new relationships and new ranges with other makers. I have relaunched the website and online sales have increased.

Head and shoulders shot of Alex, from the Little Yorkshire Candle Company.

I am looking forward to seeing my customers again when I re-open. I don’t know them all by name, but I love talking to people. One gentleman, a local artist, even brought me a rooster for the shop window to bring me prosperity.

The shop is small, so I have made changes to make us all safe. The first weekend will be counter service from the door. Then the shop will re-open on Friday 26 June for one customer at a time, with gloves and a foot dispensing sanitiser available, and a screen at the counter. Whilst the usual inviting atmosphere might be compromised for a while, the friendly welcome will remain.

I live in Church Fenton and have been home schooling my children during lockdown. The period has taught me that we can’t control everything, only our reactions. I hope both businesses and people return to the city soon and I am optimistic that York will get back to it’s former self in time.

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