New-look village store opens in Luss

The general store sits in the heart of pictuersque Luss.
The general store sits in the heart of picturesque Luss.

Arts and crafts from Argyll are to be showcased by a new enterprise in the Loch Lomondside village of Luss.

Luss General Store opened its doors last week following a £200,000 investment by landowner Luss Estates Company, creating at least five new jobs.

As well as upgrading one of the village’s most recognisable and historic buildings, the shop will support local crafts, with an eclectic mix of unique and affordable items selected for tourists and local gift shoppers alike.

Luss General Store is the latest investment by Luss Estates Company, which last year published a detailed strategic development framework for the long term sustainability and economic prosperity of the area.

The new store has a wide range of gifts
The new store has a wide range of gifts

It also follows the estate’s £3.2m transformation and launch of the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in 2012.

Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, chairman of Luss Estates Company, said: “Luss General Store is another step in building the economic prosperity of our local community.

“I am delighted that it has opened in time for the summer, and look forward to seeing it grow and develop into a significant contributor to the re-emergence of Luss as a high quality year-round destination.”

Amongst the arts and crafts businesses set to feature in the shop are Cardross’ Wee Coo Company which specialises in hand-carved highland cows and woodland animals; glass designers Glittering Trinkets of Garelochhead, and ethical toiletries manufacturer Lomond Soaps, also of Cardross.

The shop will also bring to Scotland exclusive items from elsewhere in Britain, including specially commissioned handmade mugs by Royal College of Art graduate Julian Dowson.

Shop manager Jan Williamson added: “I am delighted to be part of this exciting new enterprise here in Luss.

“Scotland has a wealth of craftspeople and we are looking forward to introducing their beautiful, inspiring products to the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit Luss every year, as well as to local people shopping for gifts, whatever the occasion.”