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Local businesses in running for Independent Retail Awards gong

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McQuillan's Menswear in Portadown are up for an award.

The Independent Retail Awards are all about the contributions of the local retailers to the local community.

The black-tie ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 22 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast.

Top retailers from across the country will get together to acknowledge those who experience business growth as a result of their entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to serving the Northern Irish communities.

The awards aim to provide a platform to thank the retailers that remain overshadowed due to the competition from bigger chains.

A wide range of categories have been introduced to reward the achievements of those who took the risk to establish a successful business in a period full of economic turbulence.

Marisa Whitehalll, Assistant Campaign Manager of The Independent Retail Awards, said: “We are delighted to be hosting The 2nd Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards 2019.

“Independent retailers are an integral part of the country’s high streets, offering a diverse range of niche products and services to the residents.

“According to Indie Retail, for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. These awards will celebrate the retailers that own small chains whose work often goes un-noticed.

“It is time to thank everyone that serves the local high streets in the best possible way and recognise those for not only focusing on meeting customers’ expectations, but delivering services at a high standard as well.

“We would like to congratulate everyone for being shortlisted and we can’t wait to welcome all guests and deliver a memorable event.”

The local finalists of The 2nd Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards 2019 are:

Fashion/Accessories Retailer of the Year

The Hat Shop (Lisburn)

Shuphoric Shoes (Enniskillen)

Fred Funk footwear (Ballymena)

Bella Mia Boutique (Ballymoney)

Pia Rossini (Bangor)

Angelica Rose (Banbridge)

The Walk in Wardrobe (Banbridge)

Millars Shoe Store (Lurgan)

Donaghys Shoes (Banbridge)

Jonzara (Newtownards)

Independent Furniture Retailer of the Year

EZ Living Interiors (Belfast)

Love Furniture (Belfast)

Glenkeen Furnishings (Londonderry)

Mollan Bros (Enniskillen)

Creations Interiors (Belfast)

Hoggs Furniture Centre (Newry)

House Proud Furnishings (Newtownards)

S & L Furniture (Belfast)

CFC Interiors (Londonderry)

Rea’s of Larne (Larne)

Opticians of the Year

Taylor & Toal Opticians (Antrim)

Geoff McConville Opticians (Belfast)

Stephen McKay Opticians (Belfast)

Sinead McGurk Opticians (Magherafelt)

John Laverty Opticians (Coleraine)

McCandless Opticians (Ballyclare)

Telford Opticians (Newtownards)

I Care Opticians (Portrush)

Dry Cleaners of the Year

Churchills Exclusive Dry Cleaners (Belfast)

Marlowe Cleaners (Belfast)

The Bangor Laundry & Linen Hire (Bangor)

White Label Cleaners (Banbridge)

Presto- Stitch & Zip (Lisburn)

Spats Dry Cleaners (Bangor)

Mint Dry Cleaners (Belfast)

Whistle Drycleaners & Laundrette (Belfast)

Clean N Press (Londonderry)

Electrical Retailer of the Year

McCoubreys Electrical Superstore (Ballynahinch)

Vision Sales Direct (Lisburn)

CS Suppliers (Belfast)

Newage Electrical (Newry)

Clanrye Lighting and Electrical (Newry)

Donaghy Bros (Limavady)

Moores Hi-Fi (Newtonwards)

Kronos Audio Visual (Dungannon)

Electric Fires NI (Belfast)

Lunneys Electrical (Craigavon)

Pharmacy of the Year

McGregor Chemist (Belfast)

Millisle Pharmacy (Newtownards)

Village Pharmacy (Newtownabbey)

Andersons Pharmacy (Craigavon)

McKeevers Chemists (Armagh)

McKay Pharmacy (Templepatrick)

PillBox Pharmacy (Irvinestown)

Erne Pharmacy (Enniskillen)

Specialist Retailer of the Year

Young Nails NI (Belfast)

Bluebird & ME (Derry)

Camphill Holywood Organic Foods (Holywood)

Little Citizens Boutique (Holywood)

Perfect Day (Lurgan)

Comic Book Guys (Belfast)

Pitter Patter (Larne)

Kids Store (Belfast)

Spence Carpets & Floors (Bangor)

Cycle Retailer of the Year

John M Hanna Cycles (Lisburn)

Dave Kane Cycles (Belfast)

Cycleology (Armagh)

Cycle Zone (Lisburn)

McGarvey Cycles (Belfast)

Madigan Pro-Bike Centre (Carrickfergus)

Slane Cycles (Belfast)

Cookstown Cycles (Cookstown)

Cicli Sport (Moneymore)

Independent Sports Retailer of the Year

Jackson Sports (Belfast)

Podium 4 Sport (Belfast)

Ski & Sports Ltd (Belfast)

SS Moore Sports (Belfast)

Sportique (Magherafelt)

Pure Running (Belfast)

Country Sports (Newtownards)

Cicli Sport (Moneymore)

Gotto Sports (Belfast)

Bullseye Country Sport (Caledon)

Bookshop of the Year

Bookends (Bangor)

No Alibis (Belfast)

Foyle Books (Londonderry)

Stacks Bookshop (Belfast)

Books Paper Scissors (Belfast)

Real Life (Enniskillen)

Coffee & Heroes (Belfast)

Butcher of the Year

Hillstown Farm Shop (Randalstown)

Jenkins Butchers (Ballyclare)

David Mawhinney & Sons (Bangor)

Jacksons Butchers (Ballyclare)

Warwicks Butchers (Belfast)

Albert Boal Quality Butchers (Newtownards)

Cunningham Butchers (Kilkeel)

Fresh Produce Provider of the Year

Homegrown (Newtownards)

The Four Seasons Greengrocery (Belfast)

Camphill Holywood Organic Foods (Holywood)

Jackson Greens (Belfast)

Helens Fruit & Vegetables (Newtownabbey)

Fortwilliam Greengrocers (Belfast)

Marshall Howe Greengrocer & Florist (Limvady)

Kelly’s Fruit Flower & Vegetable Shop (Lisburn)

Fishmonger of the Year

Ewing’s Belfast Fishmongers (Belfast)

Mckeown’s Fishmonger & Poultry (Bangor)

Donegal Prime Fish (Derry)

Mourne Seafoods (Newry)

East Coast Seafoods (Downpatrick)

Sea Source Seafood Shop (Kilkeel)

Independent Pet Supplies Store of the Year

Pet connection (Newry)

Reptile Hunters (Belfast)

Lowry’s Pet Shop (Lisburn)

Carrick Pet Store (Carrickfergus)

Ladysmith Pet Supplies (Ballymena)

Petz Zone (Crumlin)

Avenue Pet Shop (Belfast)

Dungannon Pet Shop (Dungannon)

Independent Jewellery Store of the Year

Bella Mia Boutique (Ballymoney)

Hall & Guild Specialist Jewellers (Cookstown)

Skillens (Castlewellan)

Margaret Forbes Jewellery (Belfast)

Fred J Malcolm (Belfast)

Steensons (Belfast)

Gardiner Bros (Belfast)

Robert Adair Jewellers (Ballymena)

Chapelle Jewellery (Antrim)

Lunn’s the Jeweller (Belfast)

Automobile & Accessories Provider of the Year

Colin Adams Motor Parts (Belfast)

Mac Autoparts (Belfast)

Bangor Auto Parts (Bangor)

R T Auto Parts (Cookstown)

Aiken Auto Spares (Enniskillen)

Motoparts (Belfast)

A C Components (Portadown)

Ritchies Car Accessories (Ballymena)

Motorcraft Centre (Newtownabbey)

Menswear Retailer of the Year

Dessies (Armagh)

Andrew Watson Finest Menswear (Belfast)

CityMan Menswear (Derry)

McQuillans Menswear (Portadown)

Gowdys (Belfast)

Debonair Menswear (Lisburn)

Red Groomswear (Belfast)

Focus (Bangor)

McCalls of Lisburn (Lisburn)

Different Class Menswear (Londonderry)

Soft Furnishing Supplier of the Year

House Proud Furnishings (Lisburn)

Bedwin Soft Furnishing (Newry)

Keens Furniture (Belfast)

Mactex Household Soft Furnishings (Armagh)

Blenheim Fabrics Blinds and Upholstery (Newcastle)

Heart & Home (Coleraine)

Decora Blinds (Belfast)

Elite Blinds & Curtains (Lisburn)

Noctura Interiors (Bangor)

Flooring Retailer of the Year

Seymour Dugan Interiors (Lisburn)

Martin Phillips Carpets (Carrickfergus)

Glendale Carpets & Flooring (Belfast)

Ronan Kealey Carpets (Limvady)

Mallusk Carpets (Newtownabbey)

Rockfoot Carpets (Newry)

Stephen Moore Carpets (Lisburn)

Ted’s Furniture and Flooring (Newry)

Wood Floor Warehouse (Belfast)

Women’s Fashion Boutique of the Year

Farrah Boutique (Maghera)

Jude Law Boutique (Magherafelt)

Jonzara (Newtownards)

Gasp Boutique (Newry)

Joli Clothing (Ballyclare)

The Wardrobe (Ballyclare)

Liberty Blue (Belfast)

Style Boutique (Omagh)

The Snooty Fox (Dungannon)

Cilento Designer Wear (Strabane)

Off-License of the Year

The Wine Company (Belfast)

Fairleys Wines (Coleraine)

The Vineyard (Belfast)

KWM Wines & Spirits (Newry)

The Vintage Wine Merchants (Antrim)

The Bottle Shop Drive Thru & Walk In Off License (Enniskillen)

Grange Wine Merchants (Holywood)

Bin 66 (Banbridge)

Friend At Hand (Belfast)

Giftshop of the Year

Nook Living (Carrickfergus)

Good Times (Belfast)

Studio Souk (Belfast)

Alexanders of Markethill Gift Store (Armagh)

Homemade Beautiful (Ballycastle)

Walled City Crafters (Derry)

The Gift Box (Derry)

Caru (Derry)

Urban Orchard (Holywood)

The BONBON (Newcastle)

Bespoke Retailer of the Year

Painted Earth (Newcastle)

The Wicker Man (Belfast)

Atlantic Design Studio (Portstewart)

Baskets Galore (Bangor)

Oscar & Joy (Holywood)

Fiddlesticks Fabrics (Ballymena)

Nanabelle’s Gifts (Antrim)

The Crafty Fox (Newtonwards)

Painted Earth (Newcastle)

Framar Health (Belfast)

Tech Retailer of the Year

Repair Lounge (Belfast)

iPhix Belfast (Belfast)

uBreakiRepair (Bangor)

Mobile Medic (Derry) (Belfast)

Fix Ur Crack (Belfast)

iPhone Specialist (Bangor)

Belfast PC Clinic (Belfast)

iMobile Phone & Computer Repair Centre (Belfast)

uBreakiRepair (Bangor)

Bakery of the Year

Dittys (Castledawson)

Skinners Bakery (Holywood)

Ann’s Pantry (Larne)

Heatherlea Bakery (Bangor)

The Green Cat Bakery (Londonderry)

Jeffers Home Bakery (Finaghy)

Windsor Home Bakery (Lisburn)

McColgans (Strabane)

Cherry Tree Home Bakery (Lisnakea)

Donnelly’s Bakery and Coffee Shop (Ballycastle)

Hair Salon of the Year

DYE HARD Hair Studio (Lisburn)

Shauna McAuley Hair (Lisburn)

The Sitting Room Hairdressing (Ballymena)

Vintage Rocks Hair Parlour (Belfast)

Natural Hair Co (Lisburn)

Gatsby International Salon (Bangor)

Bellaire Hair and Beauty (Belfast)

Keris Weir Salon (Lurgan)

Beyoutiful Hair and Beauty Salon (Belfast)

Freak Or Unique Hair Salon (Bangor)

Beauty Salon of the Year

The Beauty Lounge Antrim (Antrim)

Glam Nail & Beauty (Lisburn)

Decorum Beauty (Newtownards)

Retro Beauty (Camlough)

MS studio (Craigavon)

The Beauty Haven (Belfast)

Breathe Beauty Clinic (Bangor)

Sistine Beauty (Holywood)

Skin Medi Spa (Belfast)

The Cottage Therapies (Dungannon)

Florist of the Year

Ferguson Flowers (Belfast)

Floral Design (Bangor)

Johnston Florists (Bangor)

Annie’s Blooms (Armagh)

Nua Floral Designer Antrim (Antrim)

Blooms of Belfast (Belfast)

Personal Touch Florist (Banbridge)

Memento Floral Design (Belfast)

Quiggs Florist (Derry)

Personal Touch Florist (Banbridge)

Café of the Year

Maggie’s Coworking Café (Newry)

Sloan’s Coffee Shop (Loughgall)

Donnelly’s Bakery and Coffee Shop (Ballycastle)

Finegan & Son (Newry)

The Pocket (Belfast)

Espresso Elements (Belfast)

Indie Füde (Newtownards)

Guilt Trip Coffee + Donuts (Belfast)

Established Coffee (Belfast)

Eatery of the Year

Loaf Catering and Café (Belfast)

Kitchen 16 (Ahogill)

The Guillemot Kitchen Café (Bangor)

Sugarcane Cafe Bistro (Newtownards)

Kaffe O (Belfast)

Sea Salt Café and Bistro (Newcastle)

Bothy Whitepark Bay (Bushmills)

Babushka Kitchen Café (Portrush)

The Pit Stop Café (Bangor)

The Lamppost Café (Belfast)

Convenience Retailer of the Year

Russell’s Food & Drink (Belfast)

The Village Shop (Armagh)

Kennys Spar, Kilrea Service Station Ltd (Kilrea)

Roundabout News (Belfast)

Warren’s Grocer & Newsagents (Belfast)

Walkers Newsagents (Castlewellan)

McSwiggans (Magherafelt)

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