From British Aerospace to bewitching aromas, artefacts and gifts - that’s been part of life’s fascinating journey for Lynda Farnworth.
But for the former BAE Systems employee turned businesswoman, this particular journey for her and for her shop with a difference is soon to come to an end.
After 26 years. she is closing the doors on Linnets in Berry Lane, thought to be one of the last little emporiums of its kind in Lancashire.
Customers have travelled from all over the county and beyond to enjoy the special ambience of her New Age space at number 14.
Although styled as offering ‘Spiritual New Age’ gifts, Lynda’s choices have expanded from her favourite crystals, incenses, singing bowls, angels and beautiful buddhas to cater for some of her customers more earthly needs of candles, cards, frames, accessories and toys, plus the most eye-catching jewellery from India.
“Closure is a sign of the times,” she said. “I established the business first in 1988 with Janet Middleton – hence the title Linnets by joining our names – opening as a bedding, textile and kitchen shop, even supplying items to Heathcotes Restaurant and Alston Hall College. But I’m a bit of a hippy at heart and even though I was inspired to add gifts to my stock, there was a lot of competition in that area then so I got my New Age licence and haven’t looked back since.”
Properties of healing have been one of the main interests for both Lynda and her customers. “Anything to do with healing is where I really found my niche,” she saod. “Magnetic jewellery, crystals, salt lamps, helpful books - people come from far and wide for these. And one of the best things has been incense. Its variety and how it can be used in so many ways, including meditation has made it very popular.”
Customers were saddened to learn of Linnets closure but Lynda, although unable to continue with her New Age items, is aiming to sell her jewellery via a website from her new Longridge home.