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"Canada was built on dead beavers" - Margaret Atwood // Why We Love Beavers and So Should You

When we were setting up LAKE&LOCH, we knew we wanted to somehow incorporate beavers not only into our designs, but ethos as well. You see, as a Canadian-Scottish business, we love beavers. Beavers are famously busy and hugely influential in our ecosystem by creating wetlands, encouraging other creatures and nature to flourish. In fact, beaver dams have been found to help remove up to 45% of harmful nitrogen from water. And did you know that the world’s largest beaver dam, at 2,790 feet, is visible from space and is in a remote area of Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada? Beavers are also historically important to the founding of modern Canada as well. In the 16th century, beavers were hunted to...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Clydebank

I know what you're thinking: "Whit!? Clydebank?!" Yeah, Clydebank. I LOVE Clydebank. Clydebank doesn't get enough love, in my opinion. During the first few years of living in Glasgow, I had little to no disposable income (some things never change), so one of my favourite things to do was get on my bike and cycle out to Clydebank along the canal on route 754. Once there I would hit up all the bargain shops like TK Maxx, Lidl and my personal favourite, Wilko; seeing how much of a bargain I could score was like a kind of buzz back then. That being said, there is more to Clydebank than just discount shopping (although I heard they have a somewhat new...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Pollokshields

In a series of blogposts, we'll be looking at the various movers and shakers in our beloved bits of Glasgow.  Spotlight // Pollokshields  Based in the Southside, Pollokshields was initially developed towards the end of the Victorian era as a leafy suburb of Glasgow. With wide avenues and Alexander "Greek" Thomson villas, townhouses and tenements, it's hard to believe it's only one stop on the train from Central station.  Pollokshields has always inspired us at LAKE&LOCH with it's cultural diversity, gorgeous parks, plethora of cafes and really good independent shops. Here's just a few: Maxwell Park: Gifted to the city of Glasgow by Sir John Stirling Maxwell, a Scottish politician and philanthropist, in 1887 the park officially opened in 1890....

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HELLO, WORLD!

We are officially open for trade!  After many months of planning, designing and making, we have officially launched.  It's been a long and mostly slow process of designing, sourcing and sample testing. Throughout the last few months I experienced crippling fear; a sequence of "What ifs..." rumbled through my head.  'What if this fails?" "What if I lose all my money?" "What if no one buys anything?" I seriously considered each question. I mean, whoever said that entrepreneurs must be crazy is onto something because faced with the reality that half (most?) businesses fail, I STILL had the notion to do it. Obviously I'm not a tech start-up and it's mostly myself - with a little help from my friends...

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