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Supporting Local in Northern Ireland

Supporting Local, Always

Published By: Jessica Morrison

Helping Northern Ireland’s economy bounce back by supporting local – our recommended independent suppliers

It’s safe to say that the ‘C’ word has somewhat written off the year 2020 – and we aren’t talking about Christmas. The Coronavirus outbreak has not only been detrimental to the economy of Northern Ireland but our mental and physical wellbeing.

It's been a challenging year when we are faced with the new vocabulary of words with negative connotations. Yes, we are looking at you isolation, virus and social distancing!

Lockdown and the restrictions in place meant local and high street businesses were forced to close, unless deemed ‘essential’. Once regulations settled and some businesses began to reopen we saw places either adapted their services and went online or sadly didn’t make it and had to close for the foreseeable.

As we enter Lockdown 2.0, still with restrictions on the most vulnerable sectors; Hospitality and non-essential retail, we need to support local now more than we ever did.

Have you begun your Christmas shopping? Why not add some of these items to your cart or dinner plates?

Tree Garland by Fiona Shannon Ceramics, Portstewart. Photo credit: Fiona Shannon Ceramics.
Tree Garland by Fiona Shannon Ceramics, Portstewart. Photo credit: Fiona Shannon Ceramics.

Firstly, let’s look at who we can support now during this period of lockdown.

Discover Restaurants At Home

Since regulations came into effect that the hospitality industries must offer takeaway services only, plenty of delicious restaurants, cafes and those in between stepped up to the plate. Here’s a few of our favourites:

You may not be able to have the stunning views over the Mournes but you can have the delicious meals!

Bring the head chef of Oliver’s fine dining to your dining room table with meals freshly prepared and ready to heat at home. Currently running a lockdown supper that brings the best of Oliver’s to your home.

Get the taste of Coppi in your home with a range of classic dishes.

The ohh, so instagrammable independent coffee houses:

  • Barn Door, Coleraine

This hidden gem in the outskirts of the town offers more chance to support local with homemade treats and tea, local breads by Dough House Bakery and craft for sale from Fiona Shannon Ceramics and Little Gem Sewing.


Offering mouth-watering French Toast to go. Open Monday-Wednesday 8.30am-5pm, Thursdays 8.30-8pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8.30am-9pm.



Credit: Follow Coffee, Ballymena
Credit: Follow Coffee, Ballymena

Offering bakes, coffee from local roasters and food to go Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm. Close by to probably the best coastal view in Northern Ireland.




Goods & Services | Gifting

·         Ivy Lane Florists, Antrim

Available to order instore, at 31 Church Street or online.


·         Origin Flowers, Ballymoney

Family-run community farm, offering floristry classes, events and posies and wreaths to order.

·         Kitty in the City – Luxury Handmade Candles and Home Fragrance, Belfast

Luxury, hand-poured candles and home fragrance inspired by designer scents.



·         Molly and  Me Candles, Cookstown

·         Fiona Shannon Ceramics, Portstewart

Coastal inspired and handmade ceramics.

·         Zara Ceramics, Portstewart

Find your local stockist:


Retail, Clothing and Accessories

A piece of local suppliers rolled into one, this area situated off the M2 in Broughshane features a Florist, Massage Therapist, Artisan Food and Coffee (Red Brick Coffee Shop), Zero-Waste Shop (The Larder) Beauticians (The Hive Beauty Salon) and Hairdressers. It even has its own Wedding Venue (The Mill) and Bridal Shop (White Gold Bridal.)

Opening hours vary between suppliers, for a suppliers list and updates please visit:

  • Rose and Poetry, Lisburn - Independently owned clothing and accessories

Available online to order:


Rose and Poetry
Rose and Poetry
  • Stable Lane Boutique – Coleraine – Independently owned clothing, accessories and kidswear

Available online to order:

  • My Sisters Closet – Dungannon and Belfast (Victoria Square) – independently owned, clothing, accessories and home ware

Available online to order:

  • NanaBelles – Antrim - Independently owned home ware and gifts

New website launching soon:


NanaBelle's Antrim
NanaBelle's Antrim