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Spend this Christmas in Carrick on Shannon and support Local Businesses

This Christmas we are doing our bit by featuring some of our  well-known local stores and helping to spread the word about some of their amazing offers this yuletide! You can support too by buying local and exploring the world of choice and amazing gifts available in our locality. 

Trailblazers Bike and Outdoor Store

Located on the Dublin Road, Trailblazers was set up in 2010 by two guys made redundant from construction industry. The only other option at the time was emigration, so they decided to go into business together. Both were very interested in sports and the great outdoors and having travelled throughout Europe and beyond they saw a gap in a growing market so they decided to set up a bike and outdoor clothing store. This is not just any bike store as they offer much more. The range available in store (everything from cycling and camping gear to kayaks and triathlon supplies) is quite unique in this country, it’s much more akin to a European outlet. Trailblazers caters for the growing interest in walking and hiking in the region. They provide value and very high level of customer service based on listening to the customers’ needs and matching them with the right solution.

Christmas Gift Ideas from Trailblazers

Bikes and bike wear are still the number one Christmas gift this year. With an extensive range of mountain, road, hybrid and specialist bikes to choose from Trailblazers also assemble, service and supply parts and aftersales support which means that your new bike will be in the family for a long time to come. However there is a large range of Outdoor wear and gear which will cater for all budgets with hats, jackets, trousers and accessories available from top brands such as Berghaus,  Columbia, Helly Hansen, Meindl, Sprayway and much more. 

Top class customer service is standard with all purchases (and easy returns if necessary) and free delivery to anywhere is available on all orders over €50 . Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages here! 

How to buy from Trailblazers

You can purchase from Trailblazers in-store or directly from their online shop. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and they have special Sunday opening in December 4th, 11th and 18th from 12.30pm to 5pm


Vobe Interiors

Set up in 2001 in a time before lifestyle shops, Vobe is a must visit when shopping in Carrick. After travelling extensively husband and wife team Vanessa and Kieran bring together a range of furniture, gifts and homewares for the modern home - and so much more. They have been pioneers in the online space and have built up a huge customer base throughout the country and even overseas. 

This year people are much more conscious of sustainability and origin of products and Vanessa is delighted to say that they are very happy to discuss and explain where their range comes from including a large selection of Irish produce. Recycled cotton products, for example have been very popular this year and the focus has always been on products that will stand the test of time and last rather than items that get thrown away and replaced often. 

How to buy from Vobe

You can buy from Vobe in-store 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 12.30pm to 5pm on Sundays. The online shop is here and they also offer click and collect and delivery.  Vobe Instagram and their facebook page

Mulveys House of Gifts

Mulvey's House of Gifts is a family business located on Main Street, Carrick and it first opened its doors in 1968. Over the years it has grown considerably and now consists of Newsagents, stationary, school books, giftware, jewellery, fashion, books, arts and crafts, toys and greeting cards. 

What makes Mulvey's stand out is that they still provide a very personal service and are always on hand to assist with choosing the right gift or advising on the most suitable option. They are also currently offering a FREE GIFT with all purchases over €50 online and in-store!

Toys are still the number one gift this year with a huge selection of all the top Irish and international brands and ranges including Lego, Disney, Cocomelon, Barbie, etc. Books have always been very popular and it's great to see best selling local authors such as Michael Harding, Charlie McGettigan and Zak Moradi appearing on the shelves beside the bestselling national and international authors.

In recent years Mulveys has embraced the opportunity of online shopping as is very active on Facebook, Instagram and their online store. They offer free nationwide delivery with the busy online team of Martina and Linda updating the site and social pages several times a day with the latest offers and newest arrivals.

How to buy from Mulvey's House of Gifts

The shop which is located right in the centre of town on Main Street is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 6.30pm and their online store is open 24 hours a day. You can find their Facebook and their Instagram pages here or by searching @MulveysHouseofGifts 

Bits N Bytes Cakes, Cupcakes and Coffee

Sarah enjoyed a long and successful career in financial services before deciding to open her own business in 2014. She always loved baking , especially with her daughter; and family and friends assured her that her creative and tasty treats would be a hit with the general public. Eight years later and she has never been busier! Her store which is located close to the bridge on Bridge Street is a feast for the senses with pastries, cup cakes and Christmas treats on display. 


Sarah is very proud of the fact that all of her creations are home made with no 'bought in' elements involved, which helps keep costs down for her customers as well as giving her the confidence that the end result is always perfect for her customers. 

  This year the most popular items have been Toy show and Teacher boxes which are filled with a selction of some of her amazing cupcakes, pastries and sweet treats. 


Sarah is also hugely active in the local community and supports and helps to organise and run many of the events, festivals and initatives that take place around the town. She has also recently taken a stall at Strandhill People's Market every Sunday and has introduced a whole new audience to her amazing delicacies. 

How to buy from Bits N Bytes

The store is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm and the stall is in open in Strandhill from 11am to 4pm on Sundays. You can find Bits N Bytes on facebook here. Cakes and cupcakes for a special occasion can be ordered by phoning 087-259 1354 or emailing her here

For a full list of all the businesses in Carrick on Shannon please see www.carrickonshannon.ie or www.mycarrick.ie 

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