Local business updates: “Lockdown in Linlithgow”

Updated: Monday 8th June

You’ll no doubt be familiar with our list of businesses still trading after the inclusion in the last edition of the Black Bitch magazine. Things have moved on rapidly and, we’re happy to say, there soon won’t be much point in providing the updates.

For starters, everyone’s now pretty familiar with how to get their essentials, whether it’s using home delivery services, local support groups, or just going along to your preferred outlet, all of which are operating diligent distancing and hygiene measures. We’ve still included the “essentials” section here, however, in case some of the information is still useful to you.

This may be the last iteration of this business list (at least, one of the last). There are now almost 100 businesses on it, so it’s becoming a bit unwieldy to update regularly. People are also acclimatising to new ways of doing business, so there’s perhaps less of a pressing need to keep it going. Thanks everybody for getting in touch to tell us what’s been going on with your business, and for the lovely feedback we’ve had!

With a bit of good fortune, we will soon be entering “Phase 2” on the official road out of lockdown. Businesses classed as “non-essential” will hopefully be allowed to open their doors – not just for collection/delivery – some time before the end of June. It’s vitally important that they observe strict distancing and hygiene measures, though, or we could end up back under lockdown: a potentially devastating outcome for the local economy. As businesses begin to reopen, it’s just as much the responsibility of shoppers to observe these measures. When you come back out to support local business, please do so responsibly. Your favourite shops and services can’t wait to serve you once again!

Until then, the best way to keep up to date is generally to check the Facebook (FB) page of the business you’d like to use. If your business isn’t here but should be, please contact us here. We’ve included contact details with each entry (where available) and divided the list up as follows:

The best way to keep up to date is to check the Facebook (FB) page of the business you’d like to use. We’ve included contact details with each entry (where available) and divided the list up as follows:

  1. Essentials
  2. Health/fitness
  3. Food & Drink
  4. Retail
  5. Services
  6. Beauty
  7. Events


1. Essentials

This section includes supermarkets, for everyday essentials, but also banks (there’s only one left in Linlithgow) and local suppliers. Much of this “essentials” section may not be exactly hot-off-the-press, but it’s still included just in case some of the information is of use.

BUSINESSUPDATE
AldiBack to normal hours
Bank Of ScotlandReduced opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm.
Complete Health at the MillstoneTaking orders and making deliveries – so successfully that there’s little time for anything else! Get in touch through the usual means.
Court ResidenceOpen to key/essential workers in need of accommodation, or to assist locals unable to return to their permanent residence due to insurance claim damage e.g. flooding.
Pets At HomeOpen for business
Post OfficeReduced hours due to staff shortages. Regular FB updates.
Sainsbury’sOpening hours 8am-8pm every day. Priority to NHS ID holders 7:30am-8am. Priority to elderly, carers and disabled customers Mon/Wed/Fri 8am-9am.
TD AndersonTrading throughout and ramping up deliveries. Get in touch through the usual means!
TescoOpen 7am-10pm every day, except Sundays (10am-8pm). Elderly & vulnerable priority Mon/Wed/Fri 9am-10am. NHS priority Tue/Thu/Sun 9am-10am.
Williamscraig Holiday Cottages Set to reopen as soon as restrictions allow. Reschedule bookings before end June and, subject to easing of restrictions, bookings beyond this point will be fulfilled as planned.
Until then, open to key/essential workers and insurance claims.


2. Health/Fitness

Perhaps a silver lining of lockdown has been the phenomenon of people getting fit and taking to riding bikes (Elevation Cycles and Andy’s Bike Clinic both a bit overwhelmed with demand at the moment, but very happy to help you get back in the saddle!). Fitness classes likely to remain digital for the foreseeable future, so do check those out! We’re compiling a list on “mylinlithgow.com”, which will be ready soon, but until then, try Kinneil Fitness, Flex Fitness, or Central Scotland Ballet School, to name but a few! Linlithgow Golf Club and Kingsfield Leisure are now open to members, too.

BUSINESSUPDATE
Andy’s Bike ClinicApologies for any delays in returning correspondence. This is due to an increasing backlog as the nation takes to two wheels!
Open for business – priority given to key workers, so please be patient while Andy works through the backlog.
Naturally, social distancing is observed and all bikes are disinfected with isopropanol on collection and subsequent return. Active on FB.
BootsLimit to number of customers at one time. Check FB for changes to services. Priority given to prescriptions and supply of essential items.
Central Scotland Ballet SchoolOnline classes and a comprehensive, successful YouTube channel, all accessible through the website.
“Rise and shine” morning classes proving especially popular.
Devine DentalDental emergencies only. Please call ahead. No walk-ins.
Flex FitnessVirtual classes offered online to keep you in shape! Contact by phone, email, FB or website to arrange.
Hendry OptometristsOpen for essential and urgent eyecare only. Mon-Fri 10:00 – 16:00.
Kingsfield LeisureOpen to members only, with strict “tee times”, which must be booked in advance.
Kinneil FitnessDaily classes for members, via members page. Different types of workout. Stay healthy on lockdown!
Linlithgow ChiropracticNow open, with strict hygiene and distancing measures in place.
Linlithgow Dental CareTelephone advice services offered to relieve pressure on NHS.
Linlithgow Golf ClubOpen to members only, with a limited number of 20/21 membership packages available for adults and juniors.
Linlithgow PhysiotherapyClosed, but will contact everyone, who had an appointment. Looking into offering online consultations.
Lloyds Pharmacy Opening hours back to normal.
Mackie & Brechin Reduced hours (check FB for details). Out-of-hours service unaffected. Surgery open only for emergencies.
Natural Therapies No bookings taken yet, but looking forward to opening under Phase 3.
Footcare at Natural Therapies: emergency podiatry appointments/advice, please contact by phone or FB. Bespoke Brows running competitions on FB.competitions on FB.
Robert Callander Opticians In case of emergency, call or email.
Specsavers Open to deliver urgent care to those who need it most. Hours may vary, so please call ahead.
West Port Dental Practice Surgery closed, but telephone advice line operating weekdays 10am-5pm (07709 608079).
West Port Veterinary Clinic Please email rather than phone if you need medication, check FB for updates.
Restricted opening times due to reduced staff, but extended little by little on a fortnightly basis. You may need to go to South Queensferry if you need to visit out-of-hours.


3. Food and Drink

Please note that restaurants, which usually offer delivery, are largely still open and taking orders as usual. This list shows updates from cafés and restaurants that you may not automatically expect to offer takeaway/delivery services. Many cafés are closed, but some are operating reduced hours for takeaways/preorders/delivery.

BUSINESSUPDATE
Ashmaan Restaurant Order by phone, or using the Ashmaan app, or website. Takeaway and delivery only.
Customers may place orders at the restaurant, as long as social distancing is observed.
Bar Leo Accepting online orders for collection or delivery.
Cafébar 1807Takeaway and delivery cocktails available Friday and Saturday. Order through the website.
Crannog A lockdown success story for a new business in town.
Delivering wholesome food to the elderly/vulnerable (and the just-hungry), with a new menu each week.
Afternoon teas receiving rave reviews (please order a day in advance). Mon/Wed/Fri 10am-12pm.
To place an advance order the evening before, contact 07795 325064.
Delhi’s Winter Delivery available (pay on phone when ordering).
Golden Chip Open for takeaways, observing social distancing safety measures
Lochside Café Open for takeaways and offering delivery. Menu regularly updated and shown on FB.
No more than two customers in the shop at any time.
Mason Belle’s Kitchen Closed, but looking forward to reopening under Phase 3.
Vouchers extended/rescheduled once normal service resumed. Vouchers also available through TideOver.co
Oliphant’s Bakers Operating reduced hours but still trading – call ahead for update.
SubwayOpen for takeaway and delivery.
Sweet Little Cheesecake Café Open for collection/deliveries: individual or large cheesecakes (tablet, strawberry, white chocolate, Freddos and more).
Please contact by mobile to order.


4. Retail

Many of our wonderfully unique, independent businesses operate online, as well as from their bricks-and-mortar premises. Others, such as Linlithgow DIY, have simply adapted to lockdown with ease, taking orders by phone and arranging collection and delivery. In some cases, shops are closed entirely, but the owner wanted to get a message to customers, which we have included here. Some businesses on this list may continue to operate remotely/using deliveries, but we understand that most plan to open under “Phase 2” of lockdown easing, with enhanced distancing and hygiene practices in place.

BUSINESSUPDATE
2 Feet 1stSchool shoes arriving for the start of next term! Limited fitting appointments available, with distancing and PPE measures in place.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page, too.
They’re more than happy to discuss what you need over the phone.
Payments can be taken over the phone and orders posted to you.
A Wee Mindin Shop closed, but makes bespoke handmade cards, taking orders by phone or via private Facebook message.
Deep-cleaning premises in preparation for opening under Phase 3.
Bright Star ToysOffering free local doorstep delivery, as well as Click & Collect.
New website launched at the beginning of June.
Centre Stage Dancewear Free delivery on all items (call 07850 879743 to order/arrange). Contact-free delivery. Keep in touch on FB.
Elevation Cycles Website operational for sales of new bikes and workshop reopened.
Please ring before bringing bikes down for repair: workshop is busy and spares are taking longer than usual to arrive.
Fair Tradewinds Collection from the High Street, or local delivery offered. Lots of new stock, including plants to spruce up your home.
Offering digital vouchers on “TideOver.co” and updating customers regularly on FB.
Far From The Madding Crowd Collection service from shop: Tue-Sat 10am-2pm. Phone during these hours with any queries, or for recommendations.
Local or UK-wide delivery free of charge.
J. Walker Carpets Gift orders taken through usual channels. New stock arrived end May.
Jewellery By Design Very active on Facebook and looking forward to reopening. Email with any queries/updates on existing orders.
Kapital Kilts Local delivery on gift items, or collection by appointment (also for kilt hire/purchase).
Happy to move any hires affected by postponed events. Email with any enquiries.
Kütchenhaus Shop closed, but open for business! Offering a remote design service. Email plans/measurements, or discuss on the phone/Zoom/Skype.
Lilypond Crafts & Gifts Shop closed, but fully functioning website allows browsing as well as purchasing. Free delivery to EH49 and EH51. Offering digital vouchers on “TideOver.co”.
Linlithgow Distillery Latest update on reduced prices for hand sanitiser published on FB page, also showing updated opening hours (Tue-Fri 11am – 5pm). Bulk discounts available.
Linlithgow DIY Extended hours (Mon-Sat 08:30 – 14:00). Delivery is available, so please don’t visit the High Street unnecessarily.
Linlithgow Pottery Studio closed but happy to discuss commissions. Offering digital vouchers on “TideOver.co”.
Linlithgow Stoves & Gifts Shop closed, but coal merchants still delivering. Increase in orders following lockdown, but working to fulfil orders.
Little Beau Peep Local deliveries (including to Bo’ness) going like the fair. Very regular updates on FB and new stock coming in all the time.
mid-C-mod Shop closed, but items on sale on eBay under the seller name “midcmod”.
Network Promotions Lots of great ideas in response to coronavirus, including sanitiser dispensers, PPE and more. Offices closed, but still open for business… just contact by email.
The Line Gallery Gallery closed but keeping you entertained by posting lots of local art on their FB page, including Lockdown Postcards. Offering digital vouchers on “TideOver.co”.
The Thread Counter Home delivery service with any order over £5. Loads of yarn in stock.
Email or contact through FB.
The website will be updated with new products. Producing face masks.
Tracey Victoria Interiors Shop closed, but interior design, curtain making and room styling services, subject to social distancing. Website running as always. Contact for any gifts, which can be delivered. Offering digital vouchers on “TideOver.co”.
Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes Reopened at the beginning of June (on their second anniversary, no less). Helping to rearrange cancelled events, but also doing a roaring trade in cakes for lockdown birthdays, with parents making a bit more fuss over their kids while they spend their birthdays unable to see friends.
“Cake cups” and lots of other treats available, too. Check FB for updates.
West End Gallery Gallery closed, but website running and contactable by mobile phone 07786 628892


5. Services

Please remember that effectively all services, which don’t inherently require close contact, are operating as usual, but usually not from their physical premises (e.g. solicitors). This list shows service providers, which have had to close due to lockdown, but which are adapting by communicating with their client base in new ways, as well as any other One Linlithgow member business asking to be added to the list.

BUSINESSUPDATE
Ander Tax Fully contactable by email and dealing with all business as usual. If you find yourself indoors more, get a head start on your tax return!
Barclay & Co Open for business – most staff working from home, skeleton staff on site. Please pre-arrange delivery of books by calling office beforehand.
Dogstar Grooming Now taking bookings for 9th July and beyond. Distancing observed and sanitiser/disposable towels available at door.
EK:JN Full team working from home, contactable by usual phone number/email. Construction suspended but still preparing designs, drawings, models, planning applications and building warrants, ready to resume normal service when lockdown ends.
Fone Republic Open for business. Delivery (and pick-up) service available. Contact by phone or FB.
Im-Pressed Delivery service available as usual (as of 18th March, call for update).
Kidz Stop Linlithgow nursery closed, but Bo’ness nursery (151 Dean Road, Bo’ness EH51 0HE [next to Kinneil Primary]) open for children of key workers.
Linlithgow Travel Lots of holiday options for after the pandemic is over. “Don’t cancel, postpone!”. Premises closed but available usual business hours by email or by phone (Mon, Tue, Wed: 07468 867102 or 07517 105983. Thu, Fri, Sat: 07772 5709323 or 07843 448190)
Linlithgow Tyres & Exhausts Open Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. Customers are advised to make an appointment to limit the number of people in the garage at one time.
Lothlorien Dog Services Services migrated online as unlikely to be allowed to resume normal classes until a late stage of lockdown easing. Dog-walking services, however, resume 15th June!
Mike’s Taxis Open for business
RGM SolicitorsTelephone consultations, interactive property viewings, virtual house valuations, new wills, Power of Attorney and Family Law cases.
Veitch Solicitors and NotariesOpen for business by phone, email and whichever conferencing app you prefer.
Progressing conveyancing transactions to prepare for lockdown being lifted. Enquiries about “Wills” can also be progressed remotely.
Whose Land Scotland Operating remotely and contactable by the usual means shown.


6. Beauty

A difficult sector to operate effectively under social distancing, but thankfully the Scottish Government will soon trust businesses to put sufficient PPE and hygiene practices in place to reopen. We certainly trust our many fantastic “hair & beauty” type businesses to do so. Two such businesses have contacted their clients with offers of remote advice and digital content to keep them looking and feeling beautiful until then!!

BUSINESSUPDATE
Beautique Beauty Salon Closed, but contactable via Facebook. You can purchase vouchers to help tide Aimee over until she can open doors again. Send a private FB message for skincare advice.
Chakir Hairdressing Hair products available for collection (please call to arrange). Online hair/make-up tutorials and other fun messing about (on FB) until reopening is allowed.


7. Events

Another sector, which will be unable to look forward to a swift reopening in many cases, but one which has shown surprising resilience through digital organisation. Most of the below businesses cannot really translate to an online presence, however, so we can only keep in touch with them and support however we can until reopening.

BUSINESSUPDATE
Burgh Halls Closed. If you have an event booked, call or email to discuss.
Eeek! Escape Rooms Offering vouchers to anyone booked in and unable to attend during the virus outbreak. Existing vouchers expiring during lockdown will be accepted upon reopening.
Linlithgow Canal Centre Closed until allowed to reopen. Refunds for charters until end April. New edition of “Basin Banter” provides reading material until then!

Should your business be on this list? Please let us know.

We’ve tried our best to ensure that all information is accurate, but with the rapidly changing situation, some of it might not be. Please also let us know if you spot something that’s incorrect.