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?
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.
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
Available to order instore, at 31 Church Street or online.
Family-run community farm, offering floristry classes, events and posies and wreaths to order.
Luxury, hand-poured candles and home fragrance inspired by designer scents.
Coastal inspired and handmade ceramics.
· Zara Ceramics, Portstewart
Find your local stockist: https://www.zaraceramics.com/stocklists
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: https://www.roseandpoetry.com/
- Stable Lane Boutique – Coleraine – Independently owned clothing, accessories and kidswear
Available online to order: https://www.stablelaneboutique.com/
- My Sisters Closet – Dungannon and Belfast (Victoria Square) – independently owned, clothing, accessories and home ware
Available online to order: https://www.mscthestore.com/
- NanaBelles – Antrim - Independently owned home ware and gifts
New website launching soon: https://nanabellesgifts.co.uk