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New independents lifestyle store opens in lost cottages off Friargate

Posted on - 18th December, 2021 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, City Centre, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Recreation, What's On in Preston
Inside Once Was Lost
Some of the products on offer at Once Was Lost

A new lifestyle store supporting independent makers has opened off Friargate.

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Once Was Lost is located in the hidden and forgotten cottages of Market Street Social.

The store is the creative vision of Oliver White and Rebecca Rowlands. Their aim is to rival retail spaces seen in the likes of Manchester and Liverpool.

While the pair’s main focus is independent makers, the store also features a strong emphasis on conscious style and bringing unique products to the city centre.

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Rebecca, who is one of the co-founders of PLAU Gin and Beer House / Market Street Social, said: “Preston is an exciting and developing city with lots of new fantastic hospitality venues opening daily.

“However, independent retail is lacking, and we wanted to give the city an exciting new offer to encourage people back into Preston again.”                                                                                                                                                    

Inside Once Was Lost
Once Was Lost features goods from local independent makers

The store will offer locally sourced ceramics from Vondé Muse and Artist Poulton, soy wax candles by Cicley and May, locally made soaps by Winckley Square Soap Company, Bus Station art prints by local photographer Ash Hardman, vinyl records by local record label Them, There Records, plus plants, stationery, greetings cards and more.

Once Was Lost is located at 133 Market Street West, Preston, PR1 2HB. The entrance is via Market Street Social, and the store is open Tuesday to Sunday.

For more information, follow Once Was Lost on Instagram.


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