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Sunday Opening

Just wondering if everyone has shops open on Sunday where they stay, in particular gift shops and craft shops.

Posted at 14th Nov 2017 - 03:01PM   Posted by Bradan   Sunday Opening Comments: 10

Fairy Nuff's Avatar We open on Sundays up until Christmas then treat ourselves to a 2 day "weekend" between then and Easter by having Sundays and Mondays off.
All the gift/craft shops I know, like ours, are open on Sundays around here certainly from March to October and often as far as Christmas.

From a purely mercenary point of view Sunday is our third most profitable day of the week (after Saturday and Friday) especially in the summer, we'd be daft not to open! Monday is the least profitable hence why we take Mondays off instead.

It was nice to see one or two more places still open any day of the week in Skye this trip considering the amount of visitors we were still coming across... but still an awful lot closed for the winter.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Nov 2017 at 04:35PM

Camilla's Avatar Where I used to live In Reepham Norfolk they had a lovely gift shop but it never opened on a Sunday.

Where we are located now there are no craft or gift shops sadly which I think is a shame not even an art gallery.

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Nov 2017 at 04:51PM

Fennie's Avatar Shops usually closed here on a Sunday except in the run up to Christmas.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Nov 2017 at 05:40PM

Faith's Avatar Same as Fennie - but I don't live in a tourist area.

Posted by: Faith on 14th Nov 2017 at 08:44PM

Westerwitch's Avatar I don't think our craft gift shops open in Killin on a Sunday in the Winter - things shut down after the 31st October. Why do you ask?

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Nov 2017 at 07:20AM

Bradan's Avatar So it would seem that shops are open on Sundays - or not - from a business point of view or from being in a tourist area if they close down after Oct 31st or only open in the run up to Christmas?

I don't know if anyone has seen the carry on about the shop opened on the Isle of Lewis on Sundays? It's been featured in the Times (online version anyway), the Herald, P&J and on the BBC website.

Posted by: Bradan on 15th Nov 2017 at 09:01AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I saw that on the BBC Highland news page Bradan, old habits die hard I guess but I would have thought by now people living in the Western Isles would be only too aware of how hard it can be to make a living in a remote area so why would you shut on your 3rd most profitable day of the week?
They will eventually have to resign themselves to the fact that visitors (and locals) visit all year round and everyday of the week nowadays, some don't go to church, some aren't Christian and some are even... not religious at all. Shocked

There is a school of thought that practising Christians should be exempt from working on Sundays if they don't want to but that should count for all religions so Fridays, Saturdays and Feast days would also be out for others and then why should the rest who are not religious not get to pick and choose which days they work too?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th Nov 2017 at 10:20AM

Bradan's Avatar Exactly FN, you've said it all.

The person concerned decided to finally make it public, it's actually been going on for a while now and other people have also experienced the intimidation. Amazing goings on for the 21st century Shocked Very Happy

Posted by: Bradan on 15th Nov 2017 at 11:05AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar It still happens on occasions around Inverness too Bradan although now it's usually when someone else moots opening a sex shop or the like (which happens every five years or so but not materialised so far!) the lap dancing club raised a few eyebrows and blood pressures though.Blink

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Nov 2017 at 11:17AM

Bradan's Avatar I'm sure it goes on in lots of places, but people are maybe afraid to speak out about it.

Right enough objecting at the planning stage, this is something else though.

Posted by: Bradan on 16th Nov 2017 at 01:53PM

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