If you’re looking for brilliant, locally-made gift ideas, then Mimi by the Sea is the place for you! Here’s what the owner Maeve-ann had to say about it:
So Maeve-Ann, what exactly is Mimi by the Sea and where is it?
Mimi by the Sea: Gift – Home – Dream is a gift and home shop based in the Harbour area of Newcastle, County Down. If you are looking for: something a bit different; supporting local crafts and artists or something original or customised in a gift then this is the place for you. We are an official Annie Sloan stockist for the Chalk and Wall Paint ranges and a Retailer supported
by the Design & Craft Council of Irelands shop local campaign.
How did it come about?
Very quickly, one Saturday in June 2020 I went for a coffee in Olive Bizarre and noticed the unit empty. Some enquiries and a business plan later I had the keys in July and opened in August. I love the space in a great seaview location and the way it has been received. It’s the feedback and customers who keep it going and supporting the local artists and crafts creates its own community and supportive feel.
And what kind of items do you stock?
I stock candle ranges Brooke & Shoals (candles, diffusers and diffuser refills) and Mist and Moss (luxury candles locally inspired and produced in the Mourne area).
Helena Rogan Art: Greeting cards, notebooks, animal and flower themed prints and local prints
Jocelyn Crafts: pebble art frames of various themes
The Ribbon Pot: hand designed and made greeting cards
Banshee Silver Jewellery: Irish themed and mythology inspired hand crafted silver jewellery
Boru Jewellery: A Celtic inspired classic jewellery range from Dublin
Anne McGreevy Art: local oil on canvas paintings.
Fishers Screen Art: Emma’s original take on the use of screen art is a unique addition to your home or a gift for someone special. Frames are customised, painted, vibrant and colourful.
Mourne Beach Art: Teresa’s frames are made from seaglass picked from Newcastle beach. Available in 3 sizes, in a variety of themes and in pristine white frames they are a striking home compliment.
Other suppliers include: Katie Larmour Linen, Simply Mourne, Wanderwall, Banion Soap, Figment Ceramics, Lynda B Ceramics, Muri Art, Fleur & Mimi, Piera Cirefice Illustration and Rhea Hanlon Art.
SHOP: Eco-friendly sweaters made from 100% recycled material
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Do you have a personal favourite item?
Everything in the shop that you see, I have picked myself so the summary is everything?! If I had to pick a favourite item or items it would be the Lindy Makes range as the copper and silver creations are so unique and beautifully made and I am a big fan of candles so my candle ranges and the original art on the walls.
And would you say you have a particular ethos or vision for the shop?
My ethos is a happy customer. If someone is satisfied when they’re leaving with what they have purchased then that’s what it is all about. My vision is to continue to support emerging craft and talent and to provide customers with nice homeware items.
Are you open all year around?
Yes, Mimis closes on Tuesday each week and in the winter months is closed on a Monday too. Check out Google for the latest updates.
Do you have any big plans for the future?
I’ve just launched our website www.mimibythesea.com which facilitates worldwide purchases. When I travelled when I was younger I always liked to bring something special or unique home with me to remind me of the area I travelled. I carried beautiful ceramic oil burners and plates in a back pack halfway around the world! As tourism begins its recovery I would love in the future if the shop became the place to ‘call in when you’re passing.’
Finally, what’s your favourite thing about Mimi by the Sea?
I couldn’t pick one! I love the setting, the view, the feeling that the shop has, the customers who call in, the crafters and artists who create and all the suppliers who work with me to make it happen.
Find out more about Mimi by the Sea here.
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