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Independent lifestyle shop, two floors of inspiration for your home and family

Open the door on two floors of British andlocal design talent, all hand-selected and carefully curated by us. 

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Delivering the magic of our family lifestyle shop virtually

A hidden treasure in the English Lakes with a delightful selection of gifts, homewares, children’s clothes, toys, and more!

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Take tea (& treats)

Take a peek at our menu of homemade and local scrumptiousness

Our small but mightily tasty menu sees you through the day. All of our breads, cakes,jams, and chutneys are made by one of our fabulous local artisan bakers or homemade by us.

Visit our Café

To detail

We carefully curate much-loved British brands with emerging designers and makers for a shopping experience that is unique to Armstrong Ward. Each item in the shop has been hand-picked for quality, purpose and general loveliness.

Our favourite brands include John Sankey, Emma Bridgewater, Maileg and Neom. They are complemented by new and innovative ranges for our customers to chance upon.

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Our story

Andrew and I have over 40 years of retail experience between us and still love the buzz we get from sourcing new finds and unpacking them when they are in store. We started small with just 35 supplier products and have grown into a mini department store with a café and almost 200 makers on our shelves and online.

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FIND US ON Instagram

  • Baked by us this morning Gooseberry, Elderflower and Almond Cake ...
#armstrongward #cafekendal #glutenfreebaking #gooseberries #bakedbyus #shopsmall #indieretail
  • We loving our new Ecological construction toy for big and small.
Each plank is identical in size and made from renewable European pine forests, no glue or fixings required and the possibilities are infinite.
It encourages creativity, concentration, dexterity and patience and can grow and evolve in complexity as a child develops.

We have 100 planks on our play table to test, why not attempt  one of our 10, 15 and 20 minute challenges to get you started! .
We plan to take the Challenge pack on holiday as a family game as an alternative to Go Fish!
Prices start at £12. .
#ecological #renewable #constructiontoys #shopsmall #independentretailer #woodentoys #summerholiday #schoolsout #madetolast #kendalshop #shopkendal #visitkendal #lakedistrictuk
  • A  huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful teachers out there....🍎
We know from personal experience what a massive difference awesome teachers and support staff can make to a child’s mental well being, progress and ultimately their happiness at school. .
We have lots of lovely things that would make perfect little thank you... & we also have gift bags which are perfect for a bottle of Prosecco 🍾 or Gin 🍸🍋 too!!!!😉
#applephotographersown #thankyou #hoorayforteachers #endofterm #schoolsoutforsummer #summerholidays #shopsmall #kendalshop #armstrongward
  • At this time of year as the end of the school year approaches, I often feel like I am barely keeping all the plates spinning ... constantly checking who needs to be where, when and with what kit... and that’s before adding in running a shop to and the start of the autumn buying season upon us!
So... when our first delivery was dropped off by @littlelakelandsoapcompany on Friday, S encouraged me to test her new aromatherapy Pulse Point EASE ... it smells divine and it really did relieve my headache that was niggling ! Highly recommended 🌟
#newarrivals #locallymade #shopkendal #shopsmall #recommended #aromatherapy #pulsepoint #shopkeepers #workingmum #worklifebalance #buywhatyoulove


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Proudly independent

As a family-run mini department store we hand-select everything that you’ll find when you shop with us. From small toys to bespoke upholstery, we source unique products that aren’t widely available elsewhere. That’s the beauty of our independence.

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Should you have enquiries, or if you’re looking for something in particular, please contact the store on 01539 720400

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