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NHS Frontline To Retailer Frontline: Louise Baldwin of Savannah Gifts, Windlesham

While delighted to be back behind the counter of Savannah Gifts in the Surrey village of Windlesham, Louise Baldwin, has certainly been busy during lockdown – and not just delivering the shop’s goodies, but also as part of the NHS’ Covid-fighting frontline.

During Louise went back working full days for the NHS as a community pharmacy dispenser. “While there has been some very dark days and many tears shed, it’s also been lovely to still be able to see my patients and have the wonderful support of the community,” Louise told PG Buzz.

Now she is lapping up the positive reaction from customers.

“I feel people want to support local businesses more than ever. We are lucky as we are in a small village and have a wonderful loyal customer base. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received and believe people want to support small businesses now more than ever and recognise how important it is to have shops like ours local to them.”

Above: Louise Baldwin’s glamorous PPE attire!
Above: Louise Baldwin’s glamorous PPE attire!

Now though she is back on the retail frontline with Savannah Gifts. Here she shares some of the card and gift shop’s best sellers…

Everyday

Across the board from Caroline Gardner

Jaz & Baz from Portfolio

Fiori Rosa from Rosanna Rossi

“All of the these continue to be brilliant for everyday card needs and have been lovely to deal with during these difficult times.”

Humour

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made a Thing

“The publisher has been especially good with isolation and lockdown designs.”

Above: One of the many topical social media posts from Rosie Made a Thing.
Above: One of the many topical social media posts from Rosie Made a Thing.

Quicksilver from Wendy Jones-Blackett

“The number cards are very popular with all ages!”

Children’s

Across the board from Rachel Ellen Designs

“We have stocked this company’s products since we first opened and it still is our number one for children’s cards.”

Above: One of many designs from Rachel Ellen’s Chatterbox range.
Above: One of many designs from Rachel Ellen’s Chatterbox range.

Art/Photography

Across the board from Woodmansterne Publications

“Just lovely blank cards for your own message.”

Handmade/Hand-finished

Devotion from Tracey Russell

“Beautiful designs with wooden pieces for that special someone.”

Above: A design from Tracey Russell’s Devotion range.
Above: A design from Tracey Russell’s Devotion range.

Giftwrap

Across the board from Globe Enterprises and Glick Designs

“Both companies produce beautiful giftwrap. Globe shines at Christmas with its glitter sheets and gift boxes.”

Gifts

Boxed jewellery cards from Crumble & Core

“Beautiful cards with sterling silver jewellery attached to them.”

Above: One of the boxed card designs with some silver earrings attached.
Above: One of the boxed card designs with some silver earrings attached.

Sentiment gifts from East of India

“Lovely sayings on the company’s many products that have been especially popular in the last year.”

Top: Louise Baldwin was back in the shop to welcome customers for the grand reopening on April 12.

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