News & Events
New 'POP UP' Department - Summer Body Care. February 2019.
This month sees the launch of our new 'pop up' department - Summer Boby Care. It's a pop up, beacuse we are trialing it for the SS19 season, to see how it goes. Our sister store Some Journey was, previously, where we sold gifts and body care products. However, due to streamling, we had to close the Some Journey website. This left us with surplus stock that KUKShades has now taken on.
Luckily the products are in line with KUKShades! Summery, independent labels and made in the UK, with all the nasties left out. The first products added are from our fellow #SBS winners, Boozi Bodycare. Boozi Bodycare make bath and body treats with cocktail inspired fragrances such as, Pina Colada and French Martini. All paraben free and vegan friendly!
Already, I have been dreaming up big plans and there is a growing wish list of other products I'd love to add. So, it's worth checking in regularly, to see what treats are in store.
'Wish You Were Here' Travel Show at Carlisle Airport. 20th January 2019.
January is a popular time for booking your summer vacation and KUKShades is delighted to be attending this showcase of tour operators and dream holiday makers at Carlsile Airport.
The event is being hosted by The Travel Team, Brampton, Cumbria on the 20th January. It will feature stands by Fred Olsen Cruises, Reays Coach Tours, Latin Routes, If Only and MSC Crusies - to name just a few. The terminal doors open at 11am.
We will have a selection of beach bags and accessories for you to browse or buy.
For all the details you can visit the event page on Facebook here -- https://www.facebook.com/events/355534805206854/
1st December 2018 - Small Business Saturday.
Wow - what a year it has been for KUKShades! Being part of this year's Small Biz 100 has been an honour. I feel so blessed that I can do a job I love while supporting my family and my community.
It has meant a lot that my local press, councillor, customers and friends have got behind me to show their support. A small business is never just one person, it is made and grows with many ingredients. So thank you, for every share, like, re-tweet, comment, purchase and recommendation I have recieved, it means the world.
Thanks to In Cumbria magazine for this mention.
Friday 24th August 2018 - KUKSHADES MAKES THE SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 100.
I having been sitting on this news for weeks and can now reveal that my wonderful little store has been handpicked to join this years Small Business Saturday 100.
Each year 100 businesses from across the country are chosen to be highlighted in this national campaign to encourage people to support local businesses. This year Small Business Saturday is on December the 1st and during the 100 days - starting today, all the chosen businesses are showcased, one a day until then.
KUKShades will be featured on the 31st of August and I can wait. So much is happening here at KUKShades and it is the perfect time to be involved. I hope you can join us and support all the other wonderful businesses too, using the hashtag #smallbiz100
Look out for Small Business Saturday events happening near you and get involved.
Thank you, as ever for your support, it means the world,
Save The Date... 12th August 2018.
KUKShades is delighted to announce we will be exhibiting at the Sunday Beauties event at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle.
This is a free event with lots of fantastic beauty, fashion, health and homeware stands. There's a free cocktail (or mocktail) on entry and will be open from 12pm to 4pm.
Do come and say hello if you are local.
APRIL 2018 - Exciting News...
We are so pleased to announce some very exciting news from KUKShades HQ. We have been working on a little project that has been a dream for some time.
We are developing and designing our very own beachwear label - exclusive to KUKShades.
There is a way to go yet before the label is fully launched but you are in on the dream from the start and we will keep you up to date with our progress, every step of the way. The first step of the journey will be announced over the next two weeks, including a chance to buy our first own label apparel.
Here's to blue skies and big dreams,
June 2017 - IN THE PRESS... AGAIN!
Carlisle Living magazine have featured KUKShades and the new gemstone jewellery range, by Driftwood Girl, in this month's 'Shopaholic' editorial. It's so lovely to be supported by this fabulous local publication.
We are so proud of this new addition to the KUKshades product range and we are sure you will too.
27th March 2017:
NEW JEWELLERY DEPARTMENT - OPENING SOON!
We are delighted to announce that our new jewellery department is opening next month. We have been collaborating with a Cumbrian studio by the name of Driftwood Girl. (It sounds beachy already) to design a stunning range of holiday accessories.
Driftwood Girl makes gemstone and natural wooden jewellery including yoga beads from her studio in Windermere. Together we have designed a collection of bracelets, perfect for your holiday. We have chosen stones with relaxing and grounding properties to put you in the right mood to wind down on your holiday.
Jewellery is a new venture for KUKShades but we are confident you will love the collection and can't wait to share it with you.
Are We Looking For You?
Happy New Year and welcome to an exciting 2017 for KUKShades. I have been busy plotting and planning during these cold months and I will have so much to share with you very soon. But first.... we are looking for somebody and it could be you!
We are looking for a highly talented blogger, vlogger, reviewer or anyone with an interest in travel and fashion to shout about KUKShades and our wonderful beachwear collections. This is an exciting opportunity to increase your content portfolio with access to some of the best boutique brands in the UK. Benefits of becoming a KUKShades Ambassador include: increased exposure and links to your blog or vlog, association with a vibrant growing business, occasional products to review plus a chance to be involved in editing forthcomming collections.
If this is you and you want to find out more, then get in touch by emailing: email@example.com with the subject header 'Ambassador'. Tell us a little bit about your self and provide any links to previous work you have produced (not essential - but helpful).
I will look forward to hearing from you and choosing our very first Ambassador.
14th September 2016: KUKShades is a #WOW Winner!
I am thrilled to announce that KUKShades has been chosen by Jacqueline Gold as one of her Women On Wednesday winners.
The Twitter campaingn uses the hashtag #WOW and asks women in business to send a tweet, telling her a little about your business. Jacqueline Gold is a business women and entrepreneur most famous for the brand Anne Summers. Each week she chooses three businesses that catch her eye to join the #WOW club.
"My vision is that #WOW offers a place for women to network and celebrate each other’s successes, whilst gaining support and advice to grow their businesses. Every week I am so proud of all the incredible women that enter and am thrilled to see so many proving how alive the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit is, especially for women.” Jacqueline Gold (source: www.jacquelinegold.com)
To be endorsed by such a successful woman in the retail world is amazing. I can't help being inspired by her talent, knowledge and drive and will display my #WOW badge with pride.
SALE EVENT. 7 Deals - 7 Days.
Our fabulous sale event is back for another year! Just in time for your summer holidays.
The 7 Days - 7 Deals Event starts on Friday July 1st and lasts, that's right, for seven days. On each day a different item will be discounted by an amazing 25%
This year we are giving you advance notice of the forthcoming deals, so you can plan your shopping. The list of deals and when they will be available are as follows:
Friday 1st July - The Riva Sarong - Reduced from £12 to £9
Saturday 2nd July - Ladies Mint Glitter Flip Flops - Reduced from £20 to £15
Sunday 3rd July - Cotton Shopper - I Need To Be Beside The Sea - Reduced from £12 to £9
Monday 4th July - Mens Great White Flip Flops - Reduced from £16 to £12
Tuesday 5th July - Pasedena Beach Cover Up - Reduced from £20 to £15
Wednesday 6th July - Travel Pouch - Let The Adventure Begin - Reduced from £18 to £13.50
Thursday 7th July - Tribal Print Round Beach Towel - Reduced from £55 to £41.25
Please note that these deals may be subject to change due to stock availability and are only available on the dates stated. Postal charges will be added for total orders under £20.
So... which deal have you noted in your diary, ready to grab?
Wishing you blue skies, sunny days and happy shopping,
May 2016: Win A Pair of Gandys Flip Flops.
In collaboration with the wonderful team at Create, who have made it possible for me to build such a fabulous website, we shall be running a little competition as part of Create's #FreebieFriday.
Save the date because on Friday 20th May you'll be able to have a go at winning a pair of Gandys flip flops. The lucky winner will be able to choose the style and size they want from our mens and womens collection, subject to availability of course. It's like shopping but we will pay your bill!
If you want to have a go and see what else goes on at Create, visit their Facebook page: //www.facebook.com/create/?fref=ts
April 2016: KUKShades joins #SHOPSBS.
Back in May 2014 Theo Paphitis retweeted a tweet from KUKShades. This was part of his Small Business Sunday initiative or #SBS. This retweet meant that KUKShades was now a member of his #SBS winners.
Since the win, I have had the pleasure of meeting Theo to pick up my winners certificate. I've also attended networking events with other winners, collaborated with other small businesses and been interviewed for a local magazine. A very exciting time for KUKShades.
This month Theo Paphitis launched a new #SBS venture - an online shop, showcasing all the wonderful Small Business Sunday winners. KUKShades was one of the stores involved in the launch. The shop can be found here: www.shopsbs.co.uk and it's a mix of Amazon, Not On The High Street and Etsy. You can buy anything from personalised prints, handmade jewellery, champagne, children's clothes, hampers and of course a selection of beachwear! The variety of products is amazing.
I am thrilled and so proud to be a part of this new venture alongside some amazing businesses. Onwards and upwards for #SBS and KUKShades!
May 2014 - receiving my #SBS winners certificate.
4th March 2016
Spring is nearly upon us and bluer skies are on their way... at last!
At KUKShades, this time of year is always busy as we put together our collection for the new season. SS16 is full of new and exciting offerings and we will soon be launching a very special item from the fabulous boys at Gandys... ROUND BEACH TOWELS. They have been really popuar in Australia and this summer we are delighted to be bringing them to you.
Just for you we have a sneaky picture, courtesy of Gandys, to tempt you.
Look out for updates as to when the new stock will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.
Christmas Events...... ALREADY!!
I can hardly believe it, we are gearing up for Christmas already! Where has the year gone?
We will once again be attending some local events in Carlisle and Penrith. This year it will be in partnership with our 'sister' store Some Journey. Some Journey is where we now hold all the extra items we brought to Christmas events over past years. It now makes it easier for you to buy all year round.
Here is where you can find us:
October 11th 2015 - Christmas Shopping Afternoon at Low Hesket Village Hall - 1.30pm to 4.30pm
October 16th 2015 - Christmas Shooping Evening at QEGS Penrith - from 7.00pm
November 15th 2015 - Christmas Shopping & Gift Fair - Lazonby Village Hall - 10.00am to 4.00pm
More dates to be confirmed!
If you want to get an idea of the mix that KUKShades and Some Journey will bring pop over to www.some-journey.co.uk and take a look.
Last month we heard the news that The Old Bag Company was closing after10 years in business. The Old Bag Company designed the 'Charlotte' beach bag, which was the very first beach bag I sold when I started the business. From day one it was a firm favourite with my customers and year on year, a best seller. This bag paved the way for what KUKShades is now, sending me off on a journey to find beautiful holiday accessories from small designer brands.
It's true to say that I owe a lot to 'Charlotte' and she will be missed.
It leaves me now with a gap on my shelves as I search for a new line - if you are, or know of anyone designing beautiful bags and looking for a way to get your collection 'out there', please get in touch.
24th June 2015 - Mumpreneur UK Silver Award.
It is with great delight and excitement to tell you that KUKShades has been awarded SILVER in the Mumpreneur UK Webside Awards.
Mumpreneur UK do a great amount work, supporting and promoting small businesses run by parents. For me personally. this award makes me really proud and shows just how far I've come since I started out. It hasn't been an easy ride and I've learnt a huge amount about myself, as well as the retail business along the way. It just goes to show that with a little ambition and a lot of support, great things can happen.
I have to thank my family and loyal customers because it's you I do it all for. What a great year for KUKShades - onwards and upwards.
GANDYS FLIP FLOPS!
We are so pleased to announce that Gandys flip flops are now in stock! At the moment KUKShades are the only stockist in Cumbria and we are delighted.
What makes us really proud, however is that by stocking Gandys we are also contributing to the amazing work the company does for the charity Orphans For Orphans. This charity was set up by Rob and Paul Forkan (aka The Gandy Brothers) who's parents sadly died in the Boxing Day Tsunami. Their mission is to use the profits from the company to build schools and children's facilities in Sri Lanka, as a thank you to the community who helped them during that difficult time.
In each box of Gandys flip flops you will find a note from Rob and Paul detailing how you are helping.
IN THE PRESS!
It has been a very busy start to the year for us, in part, as a result of our #SBS win and the news that we will be a stockist for Gandys Flip Flops!
A local magazine Carlilse Living, got in touch and asked if they could do a little write up on me and my little business. This was fantastic, although I must admit I was a little nervous during the interview... the photo shoot that followed, now that was fun!
Following the interview we were invited to add some of our summer essentials to their fashion pages. It's a great feeling seeing our business in print, and we are really proud to be supported by our home town of Carlisle.
February 11th 2015: Meeting Theo Paphitis.
So, here it is, the moment I met Theo Pahitis at the #SBS Winners Event.
What a day - I'm still on a high with all the postitivity, support and great advice. It's been a fantastic start to 2015 for KUKShades and I look forward to all that is yet to come.
January 30th 2015: The #SBS Winners Event.
I was delighted to attent the latest Theo Paphitis #SBS Winners Event in Birmingham today. Along with over 900 deligates comprising of past and present winners. I had the honour of collecting my winners certificate from Theo himself.
During the day we could take part in a Q&A session with a panel with some inspirational business persons, including Judy Naake founder of St. Tropez, Julien Callede founder of MADE.com and Rob Forkan co founder of Gandys.
Of course I was thrilled to meet Rob Forkan and have a quick picture taken with him, as we will be stocking Gandys flip flops at KUKShades this Spring.
November 21st 2014.
Congratulations To Nicky B. who won our Christmas Competition. Her prize is the beautiful Mia Tui Minnie Amelie Travel Bag.
Thank you to everyone who entered - you will all be getting a discount code for £5 as a thank you for taking part.
Christmas Shopping Events:
KUKShades will be at the following events with a selection of accessories and gift ideas.
16th November: Lazonby Shopping and Gift Fair.
21st November: Ivegill Christmas Gift Fair
29th November: Armathwaite School Christmas Shopping and Gift Fair.
4th December: Plumpton - First Responders Christmas Fair.
May 25th 2014: KUKShades is a Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday winner!
KUKshades has been given a Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award. This endorsement from the Dragon's Den business star is a great opportunity for KUKShades to grow and develop. We are a small business with big plans for the future and remain committed to bringing you the best products, from the best designers at the best prices.
We would like to thank all our customers and friends for their kind messages and support - we are just thrilled!