Cafe owner brings festive cheer to Preston street with late night shopping event
Louise Sey, owner of Ravenous cafe on Cannon Street, is spreading some Christmas spirit and has organised a late night market with neighbouring business owners
To highlight the hard work of independent businesses and continue supporting them in the run-up to Christmas, cafe owner Louise Sey has rallied around businesses on Cannon Street to get them involved in the festive market evening.
On December 12, small shops on the bustling side streets Cannon Street and Winckley Street will be keeping their doors open until 8pm, serving a range of hot food, festive drinks and clothing.
Louise said: "It is to highlight the shops down the side streets and help spread some Christmas cheer. I kept looking out the window and just thinking it would be a difficult Christmas, so wanted to do something to help.
"It is something for us all to focus on. I spoke to all the businesses and they were all on board and wanted to get involved and do their own thing. Everyone has been messaging each other and wanting to make it a good night."
Visitors will also be able to pick up mulled wine, mince pies and cocktails to get in the Christmas spirit.
Shoppers will need to abide by the social distancing guidelines and wear face masks inside the shops.
Participating stores include Ravenous coffee shop, Wings and Beer, Green Pheasant Gifts, Jayne Louise Beauty and Retrogue Vintage Clothes.
Louise added: "The small businesses down the side streets usually shut at normal times at Christmas and people don't think to visit us because of the late night shopping. This year it is different and we want to encourage people to support us after the difficult year.
"We will have to stick to the Covid-19 guidelines but it is getting a lot of interest and will give people something to look forward to."
Guests can expect to see Santa Claus himself making an appearance throughout the evening, with participating shops remaining open from 2pm until 8pm.
Information about businesses involved can be found at the Facebook page for the event.
For more information on Christmas shopping and late-night opening hours in Preston, click here.
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