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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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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Shawlands

We love Shawlands. Everyone loves Shawlands, don't they? How could you not?! It's a bustling wee bit of Glasgow with plenty to offer: decent shopping, amazing cafes, lovely old tenements and definitely a community vibe amongst it. The Sunday Times even named Shawlands as one of the 12 best places to live in Scotland. One of the reasons why Shawlands is so great is because Queen's Park is right on your doorstep. After eating at any number of great restaurants, it's nice to grab a coffee and stroll around the park.  As for shopping, we've mentioned before our love of bargain shopping and the ensuing buzz. Well another one of our loves is junk food which, of course, Scotland and the...

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A Canadian's Guide to Doughnuts in Glasgow

Did you know that Canadians eat more doughnuts than any other country? Or that there are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than anywhere else? Maybe it has something to do with Canadians ranking third in the world when it comes to coffee consumption? And so, if there is anything we Canadians are semi-pro at, it's eating doughnuts, drinking coffee, and scoffing at what other nations consider to be "winter".  So, we decided to put our innate doughnut-judging skills to the test and sample some of Glasgow's finest. Just a word of warning though: we opted to sample freshly-made doughnuts from independent shops rather than multinational chains. Yes, the Canadian institution that is Tim Hortons is now in Glasgow...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Strathbungo

Let's be honest: some people are pretty divided about Strathbungo. And being Glaswegians, they have strong opinions on the matter. When the Guardian featured Glasgow's Southside in their February 19th 2016 weekly column, Let's Move to... one Glaswegian shared their opinion, which might be shared by quite a few:   We, however, love Strathbungo. True, property is overpriced (why!? What is even happening over there?), a person can barely manage to walk on the cramped pavements (assuming a car hasn't parked on it) and there are WAY. TOO. MANY. CARS. parked on the narrow streets. Full disclosure: we are based nearby in Pollokshields (considerably cheaper even though we could probably slingshot a stone from our window over onto Moray Place).  Ok, I hear you...

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