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Mackenzie and Cruickshank and Lisa’s Barber Shop are two Forres businesses welcoming customers back this week


By Garry McCartney

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A customer taking her pick of the plants and flowers at Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden Centre.
A customer taking her pick of the plants and flowers at Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden Centre.

Businesses are excited to be welcoming customers back after three months of enforced closure.

Mackenzie and Cruickshank director Peter Wilson and Lisa’s Barber Shop owner Lisa Savage have re-opened their premises for business in line with the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures.

Hairdressers, homeware shops and garden centres have been given the go-ahead to open in Scotland, and non-essential click-and-collect services are also allowed to resume.

However, people still cannot travel outside their local authority boundaries, unless for essential reasons.

Molly Hughes looking after the stock outside at Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden.
Molly Hughes looking after the stock outside at Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden.

Mr Wilson said: “I’m lucky I’ve got a great team of people and we are lucky we can open.

“I said to the team, if we are not excited and a little nervous then we are not ready!”

Michelle McMichan at work in the reopened Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden Centre.
Michelle McMichan at work in the reopened Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden Centre.

The Greshop Road garden centre and gift shop is welcoming trade, however, the adjoining café is offering a takeaway service only at the moment.

“We’re proud to open the doors and show what we’ve been doing during lockdown,” said Mr Wilson.

“You don’t set up a garden centre without having most staff in, so we have been preparing and working hard.”

He added: “Click and collect has helped and our suppliers have been looking after us.”

Lisa and Mark Savage are glad to be back working at Lisa's Barber Shop.
Lisa and Mark Savage are glad to be back working at Lisa's Barber Shop.

Meanwhile, Mrs Savage and her son Mark have started offering trims again via appointments app Nearcut.

Lisa busy at work.
Lisa busy at work.

Lisa said: “Mark and I are thrilled to be back.

“We’re still maintaining the highest health and safety standards after what’s been a difficult year for all small businesses.”

Lisa’s is celebrating a decade in the centre of Forres on Monday.

She said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support.”

Mark with a client.
Mark with a client.

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