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OWNERS of a Darwen gift shop said that lockdown has been good for their business.

Nikki and David Robertson, who run By Erin Gift Shop in Bridge Street, said they have been busy because people have been ‘more caring’ during the pandemic.

Gifts have been delivered by David and Nikki to homes across Darwen and East Lancashire after the pair set up a contactless service.

Nikki said: “We had to adapt because of lockdown and offer our customers something different.

“We set up our delivery service and we were able to promote our products on Facebook.

“The majority of gifts that we sell are sentimental, including our Wish bracelets, so we have been posting them to people from all over as they are a caring gift to be sent.”

Lancashire Telegraph: One of the store's most popular gifts

Nikki also said that By Erin Gift Shop has welcomed new customers through its doors since opening back up this month.

She said: “We have been able to reach a bigger customer base because we have offered a service that we haven’t usually offered.”

The shop supplies a popular brand of paint called Frenchchic, which has been hugely popular during lockdown according to Nikki.

She said: “Obviously people have been decorating and upcycling their furniture because they have more time on their hands.

“We are exclusive suppliers of Frenchchic and it has been a best seller for us.”

Lancashire Telegraph: By Erin in Bridge Street, Darwen.

The gift shop opened in Darwen back in December 2017 and Nikki and David then opened a pottery shop next door in July 2018.

The crafty shop is an open place for people to attend and paint different items of pottery.

It is also a popular shop for children’s slime making classes.

Nikki added: “The pottery shop would have been ideal for children to come and visit but again we followed the rules and went out to them.

“We have delivered pottery to homes across East Lancashire and it has kept the little ones and even big ones entertained.

“We would like to say a huge thanks to the customers that have supported us during the pandemic.

“We are grateful to each and every one of them - both old and new.”