A lovely article in the Galway Advertiser about the importance of shopping local which includes piece from our very own Amelia... SHOP LOCAL Maggie Murphy– McCambridges, Shop Street I began working at the coffee bar when it was launched two and a half years ago, which has since become a hub for local residents and business employees. My customers are an integral and valued part of its continuing success. I’ve built up a rapport with people because I see them every day, which is the reason why shopping locally is so important to me, particularly at Christmas. I make a point of taking my business to them in their workplace to return the support that they provide to me during the year. We look to our neighbours to support us through the tough times and to me shopping locally represents the sense of community that we share here in the city centre.
Regina Cooke – Regis, Lower Abbeygate Street By shopping at Regis you are supporting Irish designers, and creating local employment.When you come to the shop you are not just spending money locally but your money then goes on to creating further employment with these designers, and supporting other connected businesses. Regis has been open for 18 years now thanks to the commitment of the public to shop local. Shopping local is all about allowing customers to benefit from the personal touch, and good service. In my job I have built a great rapport and lasting relationships with customers, which is important to me, and is why shopping local is so important.
Sinead Coughlan – Public Romance The way I look at shopping local is it being a win win situation for the shops and the community as a whole. If people shop in Public Romance they are also supporting local designers. It’s a cycle that creates a multiple effect in the community, every euro spent locally is redistributed throughout the local economy and inevitably comes full circle. I have a strong relationship with my customers, and as a result I can tailor the stock to their needs, and even offer free alterations. Customers benefit as much as business owners by shopping local in the service they get. I am from Galway, I buy local and sell local products. All the money spent in my shop goes straight back into the local economy
Amelia Colleran, Ard Bia, Nimmos, Spanish Arch Having grown up in a family run business I know all about the importance of shopping local. My mother would always buy her messages at Billy O'Connors in Salthill, and Mc Cambridges. She would buy bread from Griffins, fruit and vegetables from the Saturday Market, clothes from Anthony Ryans, and shoes from Flannagans, all of which are still around today. My family’s butcher shop is celebrating three generations and 75 years of business having survived every economic down turn by providing excellent customer service, superior product, buying Irish, and giving back to the community through local charities and events.
I'd like to think these are some of the values and importance of shopping local that I bring to the customers of Ard Bia. Ard Bia is all about supporting the community whether it be through local artists, buying Irish products or having all local suppliers. Working so closely with our customers is what makes my job fun and supporting their business is only natural.
Fiona Ward, L’Occitane, Eglinton Street, Galway I think shopping local in Galway is important, particularly around Christmas time. It creates extra jobs and helps the local economy. Galway as a destination is lovely as its quite compact, which makes things easier for shoppers. Shopping in L’Occitane offers the customer far better service than buying online. We are fully trained so you get expertise and personal interaction. Specialising in fragrances I think it is important for customers to sample the products. I always find Galway to be a great location with an enjoyable atmosphere, which also creates a sense of community, without people shopping local we would not have that special atmosphere.