Chamber of Commerce: Mallow Chamber Welcomes New Business and Employment to Main Street
Chamber of Commerce
- Wednesday, 28-September-2011
Chamber of Commerce: Three new businesses have opened up on Main Street in Mallow, while another is soon to become the Constituency Office of Cork East TD Tom Barry, showing that Mallow town continues to buck the national trend when it comes to the recession. Just this past week, three shops, Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop, ladies clothing store Fashion Fever and artist’s studio and craft display store Truly Gifted opened on Main Street.
“We are under no illusions that it’s a very difficult business environment out there but seeing these new stores opening their doors helps to breathe some new life into our Main Street”, says Chamber President Pat O’Sullivan. “For too long we have seen shops closing due to the economic pressures but we hope that these new stores mark a turning point in Mallow and we will be glad to help them in any way we can as a Chamber, who knows, one might even win one of the awards in our upcoming Mallow Business Awards in December”.
Donogh Raftery owns Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop, a growing business in Cork City and County. He is employing 2 full time and 2 part time staff. He says Mallow was the perfect location for his business. “It seems like there’s a taste for nostalgia at the moment and Aunty Nellie’s falls right into that market. We have all sorts of ages in the store, from youngsters who are fascinated by our displays to Granny and Grandad tracking down the sweets they remember from years ago. We also take those with special dietary concerns into account and can even take requests from customers trying to track down certain sweets if we don’t have them in stock already”.
Fashion Fever is owned and operated by Sandra Relihan and Gerda Stasiuleviciute, opened its doors for business on Thursday, September 22nd. Sandra says she saw a gap in the clothing market in Mallow. “I was looking for something for a wedding recently and I did not want to have to travel to Cork City. There seems to be a lot of stores catering to the more mature lady, so we decided to target teenagers and young women looking for something new to wear at the weekend”.
There’s something quirky around every corner at Truly Gifted, the brainchild of glass artist Majella Strang and her husband Bart. From housing a studio for Majella’s own handmade glass pieces to displaying baby blankets, homemade cards and head pieces for local craftspeople, “We wanted to give local artists a space to showcase their wares”, says Majella. “It’s hard to make the leap from what could essentially be considered a cottage industry to the Main Street, but we’re not only there, we hope to expand the business in time to another floor upstairs where we want to host creative workshops”.
There’s a fresh stamp on the Main Street in other ways as well. Billy Barry and his sister Colette O’Shea are now running Ideas Gift Shop. Collette had been working in the store for many years with Lal Thompson and they spoke about taking over the business as Lal was considering retirement. Billy says, “We hated the thought of such a well established business closing it’s doors after building up a loyal clientele and maintaining relationships with suppliers over so many years. We are privileged to be carrying on the great tradition set by Lal and look forward to welcoming customers both old and new to Ideas”.
Recently elected Cork East TD Tom Barry is to open his Constituency Office at 156, Main Street. Renovations are currently underway and he says he wants his office to be a long standing fixture in Mallow. “Obviously I’m dependent on the electorate’s support but it feels good to be adding to the buzz that exists in Mallow. There were a number of premises suitable for the office but we opted for Mallow because of it’s central location, which we feel provides great access for constituents from all parts of Cork East”.
Mallow Chamber can be contacted at 022 55660.