Many Thanks Gift Shop in Mauchline has spoken of the pressure on small businesses during coronavirus, but says the shop is looking forward to brighter things in 2021.

Carol Speir at Many Thanks says that despite some changes to the gift shop in recent weeks, and the overall difficulties faced by independent retailers following the pandemic, the store continues to go from strength to strength – supporting other local businesses as much as possible and championing quality Scottish produce.

Earlier this month, Many Thanks closed its coffee shop and moved next door to 3 The Cross, making way for The Mossgiel Snug, the new venture of those at Mossgiel Farm as reported in the Chronicle last week.

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Cumnock Chronicle: Robert and Carol with children Dylan, Jenna and Bailey, and Carol's parents Andy and Mary.Robert and Carol with children Dylan, Jenna and Bailey, and Carol's parents Andy and Mary.

Carol said: “The Mossgiel Snug complements us as a business and vice versa. I would never bring a business to Mauchline that I didn’t think would be successful.

“It was a difficult decision to lease out next door and one that initially came with a heavy heart but it’s a welcome addition to what we’re doing.

“We’ve been limiting things to two customers in the shop at a time but locals have been supporting us immensely over the last few weeks.

“My husband and I bought the property 18 years ago and our mission statement at the time was for 95% of our products to be made in Scotland and we’ve kept our promise.

“We are currently supporting over 200 makars.”


Time For Change Wall going up, outside handle going on Separating 1 and 3 The Cross Many Thanks Gift Shop will be at...

Posted by Many Thanks on Tuesday, 8 December 2020


Carol says there’s now a real buzz at The Cross in Mauchline.

She is excited for what the New Year will bring, saying: “If everyone supports local then it makes villages like Mauchline a more vibrant place.

“In the New Year we’re going to concentrate more on the gift shop side, and we’re going to have our craft classes in The Mossgiel Snug so as to continue working together.”

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From Monday, December 21, to Thursday, December 24, opening hours are 9am-6pm.

Many Thanks will then be closed until restrictions are lifted however Click and Collect is still available via their website. 

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