A wave of independent shops in Dublin
Powerscourt Centre is an upscale shopping centre that is set inside one of Dublin’s most elegant Georgian mansions. The centre’s 36 stores are mostly independent shops, selling antiques, crafts and fashion. Be sure to drop by Article, opened in 2010 by Irishman John Adams, which showcases decorative items that make for unique souvenirs, such as a typographic map of Ireland made entirely out of the names of the country’s various towns. Another must-see is Bow, launched in 2010 by Irish designers Wendy Crawford, Margaret O'Rourke and Eilis Boyle. It stocks a well-curated range of jewellery, accessories and gifts, such as one of Irish designer Ursula Celano’s whimsically-coloured notebooks bearing images of Dublin landmarks on its cover.
In 2010, Irish duo Barbara Nolan and Jennie Flynn opened boutique shop Designist in a former pharmacy on South Great George’s Street. The shop’s aim is to present a carefully curated mix of housewares and interior accessories, with all items costing less than 100 euros each. Among the products featured is Allium, a spherical lampshade made from peacock feather-shaped slats. The lamp, which packs flat for easy storage and self-assembly, is the brainchild of Klickity, a line of home-accessory products founded in 2011 by Irish women Kate Cronin and Elizabeth Fingleton.
If all of this shopping whets your appetite, a great place to sate your hunger is Fallon & Byrne, a 21,000sqft food store with a wine bar and restaurant, located in a renovated 1920s building on Exchequer Street. The shop’s restaurant is reminiscent of New York City’s famed Balthazar, with guests dining on comfort foods while sitting on turn-of-last-century-style bentwood chairs and being served by wait staff in long white aprons. The store’s profits were strong in 2011 thanks to its sales of distinctive local items, such as the house soda bread, baked daily.