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Christmas in Canada

In my element When I was growing up in Canada (specifically Eastern Ontario), you were almost guaranteed a white Christmas. It made one of the best times of the year, that more magical. The snow would slowly drift down from the sky, muffling the sounds of the city, and blanketing the earth with thick fluffy slabs of white. To kids, snow is an unlimited and welcomed playground; to adults, it's a nuisance (not to me though!)  Can't figure out if this is me or my brother on our cousin's kid ski-doo Yes, kid ski-doos are a real thing In the lead up to Christmas, our school would organise an all-school assembly where we sang Christmas songs together and our homeroom class...

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LAKE&LOCH at Christmas Markets

Fancy a wee day out? Wanna come sniff our gorgeous candles? Interested in independent makers/ designers and local businesses? Yeah? Then come along to one of the many upcoming markets - just in time for Christmas!

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This Black Friday We're Doing Something a Little Bit Different...

  Are you a bit like us and get annoyed at arbitrary artificial things like "National Coffee Day"? Don't get us wrong - we love coffee. LOVE IT. But we're not really fans of forced participation and following others. Yes, we love deals like everyone else and yes, of course, we want people to purchase our products. But not in an overly-commercialised hurried manner. We want LAKE&LOCH to be a place where you can drop by, check out our items and maybe even read about a new place to get coffee in your bit. Or maybe just send us an email with a question or suggestion. We like engaging with people, which is why you'll often find us at markets (probably talking...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Dennistoun

After we launched our "Ma Bit" beanies back in June, one of the most requested areas we were asked to do was Dennistoun. It's true: our initial run had overlooked the East end but we're hoping to make up for it with our latest run of beanies. Taking inspiration from the longest street in the UK - Duke Street - our Dennistoun beanie has a crown effect that wraps round it.  Duke Street runs through the heart of Dennistoun with lots of independent shops and cafes scattered across and around it. Like a lot of Southsiders (or Westenders even), we haven't spent a lot of time in Dennistoun. Our own fault, admittedly. But wow! There's a lot of great places and...

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What's in a Name?

Lake and Loch? Lake & Loch? LAKE&LOCH? We are LAKE&LOCH.  When we were setting up, we wanted a name that would evoke not only where we're from but who we are. Although I am Canadian, I have lived in Scotland for almost 12 years (!) and consider myself an honorary Glaswegian (hope that's ok). Initially, I came to Glasgow in 1999 as an exchange student at the University of Glasgow and like most people, fell almost immediately in love with the city and people.  After completing my degree in Canada, I would often come back to visit and finally decided in 2006, to make the leap across the water. It was scary, sometimes isolating but often exhilarating. 10 years later...

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