Our Trader Of The Week for The Whitehaven News is Lowes Court art gallery, situated on Egremont Main Street.

This charming little store offers customers a chance to buy locally produced arts and crafts.

It is a volunteer run store with all of the proceeds going towards the upkeep of the historic building it is located in.

Sheila Moffat, Chair of Lowes Court Art Gallery, said: "We're a community interest company that is totally owned by volunteers.

"We sell a range of handmade crafts and art including jewellery, glassware and bags. So we sell quite a range of products."

Each month the shop hosts an open night where members of the public can come in and meet the monthly artist.

On Monday November 29th the store will be hosting one of these nights with the artist being a man named Kevin Weaver.

Members of the community are invited to come to the store and have a browse, with the opportunity to buy some of Kevin's work.

His artwork and craft will be launched throughout December and the event will run from 4pm to 8pm.

As mentioned previously, the funds made from selling goods go towards maintaining the store.

This is because it is a Grade 2 listed building owned by Copeland County Council.

The money helps with making repairs to the building and allowing more people to visit the shop in future.

Sheila said that the store gets quite a bit of interest from people in the area. She said: "It is for people who like unique, handmade, goods. It's not like going into any other store."

She explained that she feels this makes Lowes Court stand out from other businesses.

There are around thirty dedicated volunteers who help to support this community store.

We are told that Lowes Court proves to be very popular at Christmas time and is an 'ideal place for buying gifts.'

To find out more information about the store visit: https://www.facebook.com/LowesCourtGallery/ or call 01946 820693.

Or you can pop in and pay them a visit in Egremont Town Centre. It may be the perfect place to stock up on some festive gifts.