I hope you’re enjoying my Ballinamore Christmas series dear reader.
I love living in this town … clean air … lovely people … quietly beautiful land and lake scapes … what’s not to like?
I’m highlighting some of the shops in town to encourage you to shop locally … so I’m not expecting my lovely readers in America, Australia, New Zealand or Europe to shop here … although you’d be very welcome.
What I’m tryng to show is that Ballinamore has some great shops with lovely products at reasonable prices.
And … if we don’t spend our money in our towns … shops will close … simple as that folks.
I know we’re all looking for bargains in these challenging economic times … and there are bargains in Ballinamore.
Bottom line … if we don’t support our local businesses … they won’t be here in a few years … and they are part of the life of this community.
Behind every business are people.
People with families and commitments … people who give their time in different ways to Ballinamore … people who you see in the pub and the street for a chat and a laugh and a moan.
We all have the power to support and sustain our local businesses … and our local community.
Enough of my little rant.
Todays business is right across from my cottage … and there’s a story involved.
When I first decided to move to Ballinamore I did a wishing (as I have done for my last 4 abodes over the last 13 years) for the place I wanted to live in:
- a cottage (I’d lived in apartments for the last 13 years in Ireland)
- 2 bedrooms
- bathroom with a bath
- lovely neighbours
And … a view to the mountains or hills.
I told this to my friend Anna as we walked up Main street after a great lunch in Smyths pub.
Anna is used to me now (and that a lot of my wishings come true) and wasn’t surprised when we got to High St and there was a For Rent sign in a wee cottage window … it had only gone in a few hours before.
my cottage is the little pink one with the lobelias in the windows
We rang the number and Damien Hamill came down from the B&B to show me around.
It had everything on the list except the view of the mountains ... ah well.
Then … I walked outside and had a look at the garden centre across the street.
It had it’s gates open and a long view of all the outdoor plants … and the mountains/hills.
Mission Wishing accomplished.
That garden centre is run by Eamonn & Noeleen (ph: 0719645760)… two top people.
For some reason all my shop keepers are shy of having their photos taken … as Maggie said ‘people in Ballinamore know what we look like’.
They are great friends/sponsors of the Sunny Funny Garden and I always enjoy popping into the shop for a chat … that’s one of the things you can do when you shop in Ballinamore.
Eamonn’s Xmas windows are really beautiful and Mags (her windows in Smyths shops are gorgeous) loves them … as do I.
There are a range of winter plants that you could buy as presents … pop into Dee’s and buy some ribbon … all set.
And although I told men in a previous post not to buy flowers (because you need to show some imagination) … do buy flowers from here as they are lovely.
Eamonn & Noeleen also have:
- Xmas wreathes
- Xmas trees
- wee sparkling trees
And it’s not just about flowers.
They sell some very elegant jewellery that is handmade by a local woman.
They are made with swarovski crystal, seed pearls and silver clasps and would be a very very nice present … hint to men!
There’s also a lovely range of scented candles that I can recommend as I have used them in the cottage.
Plants … flowers … candles … vases … jewellery …
It’s all there folks.
Drop in or give them a ring.