In the Community

As a small local business we get so much support from our local community that it’s great to get involved and support in the various ways we can.


The Isle of Wight is a hotbed of Creativity, there is so much musical talent on the Island and it’s our pleasure to support local bands and musicians. The only music we play in the store is that of local artists, we also sell CD’s – we take no percentage for these, the full proceeds go directly to the artists. We have a section for posters and leaflets for anyone wishing to promote upcoming local gigs and festivals.

Paul Armfield's first album Songs Without Words was released in 2003 to wide critical acclaim, the music being described as Folk Noir.  Paul's most recent album  'Up Here' is sublime.  On stage Paul is an imposing figure, a big man dancing with a double bass, or dwarfing his guitar, but his voice and demeanour display a calmness and gentleness that draws you instantly into his confidence.  Paul fits in dates on the Island around his busy European Tours and we urge you go to and hear him play.

Paul Armfield’s first album Songs Without Words was released in 2003 to wide critical acclaim, the music being described as Folk Noir. Paul’s most recent album ‘Up Here’ is sublime.  Paul fits in dates on the Island around his busy European Tours and we urge you go to and hear him play.

Angelina writes; "My hometown stands at the brim of the sea, it is offshore England with chalk hills at its back. A rich Victorian and Edwardian streetscape, beaches, and inland, quiet country lanes were my playground. Hot summers such as those in 1976 are branded on to my memory. Overflowing pubs, buskers, moonlit processional carnivals; light-hearted people seeking entertainment."  As you listen to Angelina's stunning album 'Almond Blossom' you can hear almost see the scenes from her inspirational childhood.  Beautiful music from an incredibly talented artist.

“My hometown stands at the brim of the sea with chalk hills at its back. Hot summers with overflowing pubs, buskers & moonlit carnivals” As you listen to Angelina’s album ‘Almond Blossom’ you can imagine these inspirational childhood memories. Beautiful music from an incredibly talented artist.

Local Folk Pop Band Lucid comprises; pianist Blue Brown, guitarist Sunny Brown, bass player Ollie Ducie and violin player Nik Potts.  With four albums and over a thousand concerts played, Lucid are on an amazing musical journey. Combining their individual writing and musical talents they produce a sound which blends stunning vocals with rich melodies resulting in finely crafted songs reflecting their diverse musical influences.  Lucid's music is well received in the shop, we recommend going to hear them play.  Regular events on the Isle of Wight demonstrate Lucid's outstanding ability to enthral audiences, from performing at the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival, to appearing on the stages at Cowes Week, and their own free “Lucid on the Lawn” summer concert that draws over two-thousand people to Rylstone Gardens in Shanklin.  Along the way they have won Bestivals Red Hot Talent and IW County Press Live Wired competitions. Lucid continue to impress audiences on the Island, around the UK, in Europe and beyond, receiving high acclaim and making new fans worldwide.  The concerts, albums and tours that are planned will continue to add more amazing music to their ongoing story.

Local Folk Pop Band Lucid comprises; pianist Blue Brown, guitarist Sunny Brown, bass player Ollie Ducie & violinist Nik Potts. With 4 albums, Lucid are on an amazing musical journey. Regular events on the Island demonstrate Lucid’s outstanding ability to enthral audiences.

J.C. Grimshaw is a song writer/multi-instrumentalist from the Isle of Wight.  He’s been writing and performing his own music since childhood.  J.C’s first song was written at aged just ten years old and armed with only three cords, it was created after he’d been given his first guitar.    Over the years J.C. has toured the UK extensively at numerous venues including Wembley Arena and Cardiff Arena.  His international performance destinations have included Japan, The States and much of Europe.   As part of our efforts to support Island-based artists we play J.C.’s music in the shop and some of his heart-felt ballads are among our favourites.  His four solo albums; ‘Dance When You're Living', 'Footprints And Dreams', 'Love Song Walking', & ‘For What You Seek (You Will Find)’ and The Gramaphone Party’s ‘It Happened in June’ album and J.C. and Angelina’s ‘Broken Hearted Blues’ are all available at Shorelines of Cowes for £10, we take no commission.

J.C. Grimshaw is a song writer/multi-instrumentalist from the Isle of Wight. He’s been writing and performing his own music since childhood. Over the years J.C. has toured the UK extensively at numerous venues including Wembley Arena and Cardiff Arena.

Hentai Babies were formed in March 2012 and the band is made up of Bianca Kelly (Bass) and Paul McCann (Vocals & Guitar).  Their music is pop alternative and they describe their style as; The new wave daughters of cough syrup, playing pinecone bubblegum pop rock.  We can't recall any other band describing themselves as such so they are truly unique!    The band list their influences as Nirvana, Oasis, Michael Jackson, Smashing Pumpkins, Perfume, Manic Street Preachers, Madonna and Weezer.  We hear a bit of the All-American Rejects in their too.  Great music from a great band and well worth a listen.

Hentai Babies is made up of Bianca Kelly (Bass) & Paul McCann (Vocals & Guitar). They describe their style as; The new wave daughters of cough syrup, playing pinecone bubblegum pop rock. We can’t recall any other band describing themselves as such so they are truly unique!

 


In 2014 we held a monthly cake raffle to raise funds for the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, we had some great support from both those making cakes for us and from those buying the raffle tickets and we had great fun raising money for the trust.  To see the fantastic work the Trust do please go to; http://ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org.

We were thrilled to win the Cake Competition organised by the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries Christmas Food Show and thus the EMCT Shorelines cake raffle began!

When we won the Red Funnel Cake Competition at the Christmas Food Show the EMCT Shorelines cake raffle began!

This beautiful Roses Cupcake Bouquet was kindly donated to us by Loulabelle-Made and was raffled for Valentines Day.

This beautiful Roses Cupcake Bouquet was kindly donated to us by Loulabelle-Made and was raffled for Valentines Day.

This exquisite afternoon tea cake was kindly donated to us by Miss Dottys and was raffled in time for Mothers Day.

This exquisite afternoon tea cake was kindly donated to us by Miss Dottys and was raffled in time for Mothers Day.

This was a fun cake to make for our EMCT raffle, a Butterfly Victoria Sponge cake.

This was a fun cake to make for our Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust raffle, a Butterfly Victoria Sponge cake.

This Scrumptious Gingerbread Birdhouse was kindly donated to us by Gemma Thody and was raffled for Easter.

This Scrumptious Gingerbread Birdhouse was kindly donated to us by Gemma Thody and was raffled for Easter.

 


Shorelines of Cowes are members of The Cowes Business Association (CBA), a not-for-profit organisation which supports all businesses from small owner managed operations to the largest local employers and everyone in between. We believe there are huge opportunities for local trade that can be beneficial to our local communities. The CBA currently has over 300 members.

Shorelines of Cowes are members of The Cowes Business Association (CBA), a not-for-profit organisation which supports all businesses from small owner managed operations to the largest local employers and everyone in between. The CBA believes there are huge opportunities for local trade that can be beneficial to our local communities. The CBA currently has over 300 members.

It’s our pleasure to support local non-profit and charitable organisations with raffle prizes, we’re impressed by those offering their time & energy to organise fundraising events. We’ve sat on the local Co-op committee when they elect who should receive their community donations and thanks to all our customers who fill the collection boxes on our counter for local charities.

Shorelines of Cowes were members of the Island Business Network for two and a half years and found membership hugely beneficial. Business on the Isle of Wight, perhaps more than anywhere else in the UK, is very often obtained by personal recommendation and word-of-mouth. IBN members pass referrals between one another, which they have been able to identify through the course of their working week.

 


Shorelines of Cowes dressed fully in Pink in support of the 'Isle of Pink' Breast Cancer Campaign.

Shorelines of Cowes dressed fully in Pink in support of the ‘Isle of Pink’ Breast Cancer Campaign.  Our pink facade had slightly more to do with photoshop and less to do with tins of pink paint . . .

We have great fun filling our windows with as much pink as possible every September for the Isle of Pink Window Competition.

We have great fun filling our windows with as much pink as possible every September for the Isle of Pink Window Competition, barely an inch is left un-pinked in some way.

Every September shops across the island turn their window displays pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Campaign.

Every September shops across the island turn their window displays pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Campaign.  Numerous business and individuals offer their time and support to the campaign, over the years Northwood House and St Mary’s Church have been pink, Bestival goers have had their faces painted pink and various fundraising events are held across the Island.

We have great fun with our pink window displays and it helps raise awareness so the certificate is just a lovely bonus!

We have great fun with our pink window displays & it raises awareness so the certificate is just a lovely bonus!

We keep our 'Isle of Pink' certificates framed on the wall, because we're proud and to continue to promote such a great campaign.

We keep our ‘Isle of Pink’ certificates on the wall, because we’re proud to promote such a great campaign.