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New Honey shop makes a very Good Friday up Ettrick

the re-opening of Honey Cottage shop

the re-opening of Honey Cottage shop

The little shop at Honey Cottage in the Ettrick Valley opened once more for business on Good Friday morning.

A small crowd gathered in the warm spring sunshine to see Alan Woof, owner of the caravan site, officially cut the ribbon and declare the shop open for business.

It will be providing a service to the local community as well as the caravan park and passing visitors.

Tanya Hunter, who is running the shop, said: “It has been amazing. I started planning this just four weeks ago and can hardly believe that we have managed to open so quickly.

“We have had a lot of help and hard work from the local community.”

She went on: “I’ll be open 9am-5pm, with an hour off for lunch, but as I live on site people can also call by outside of these regular hours.”

The shop is stocking as much locally-sourced food as possible, including eggs, vegetables (when in season) and smoked salmon from the Ettrick Valley Smokehouse. Craft items made in the valley are also on sale.

Alan, opening the shop, said: “We wish Tanya every success in her new venture.”

Gordon Harrison, chair of Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council, said: ”This is a very welcome development and small businesses like this can make a huge difference for isolated rural communities like ours.

“People who live in towns can just pop out for a pint of milk if they run out. If you live in parts of the Ettrick Valley it can be an hour-and-a-half round trip to get to the nearest shop.”

 

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