Society Street Indoor Market will be one year old on 6 August. As stall holders gear up to celebrate its first birthday, we take a look at Derry’s top venue for alternative shopping.
SOCIETY STREET INDOOR MARKET will shortly celebrate its first birthday, having opened its doors on 6 August 2018. As Belfast has St. Georges market, which has been a huge success, Society Street’s founders thought: why not try it out in Derry-Londonderry, to give shoppers a mixture of foods, hand made goods , plants and antiques from local people who live close by, many of whom were starting up in business for the first time. Over the past year, stall owners have been thrilled and surprised by how much the market has grown as a community. From the regular customers who come in on their certain days, to the stall holders who attend, there is always a good atmosphere. If you are starting a new business, or have an idea and need somewhere to trade, Society Street can be contacted on 028 71271010 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
GET PLASTIC OUT OF YOUR LIFE at The UseLess Shop
The UseLess Shop is Derry's only zero waste and plastic free shop, and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Society Street Market. With increasing global awareness of the harmfulness of single use plastic, people are realising they need to act now. The UseLess Shop enables you to literally ‘Use Less’ plastic! It not only provides a good variety of plastic-free products such as safety razors (think of the ones your grandfather used), bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars, straws (metal, silicon, bamboo) and much more, as well as some loose foods. UseLess also provides a vast range of information and advice on how your home and lifestyle could become plastic-free. Located at Society Street Indoor market every weekend, owner Ruth O’Callaghan can also do deliveries for anyone unable to shop in person. Interested? Contact Ruth on facebook or call in at the weekends. Ruth says: “Not only is Society Street important to us, but it’s an important part of the Derry’s growing alternative retail scene. Remember - shop local!”
PUT SOME FLAIR AND FLAVOUR IN YOUR FOOD with Amy George
AMY GEORGE CUISINES creates a range of food products based on ethnic recipes. Cooked in small batches using good quality ingredients, the recipes reflect the creator's experimental spirit and are full of flavour. Fresh ingredients are key, as are the various herbs and spices that go into making the dishes vibrant and delicious. Both meat eaters and vegetarians enjoy the products available, which include mini savoury loaf cakes e.g. cauliflower & basil, savoury lentil mini loaves, mature cheese & bacon. Amy specialises in Middle Eastern flavours, offering various flatbreads with toppings such as za'atar, empanadas/fatayer with feta/mint, Syrian sfiha (similar to pizza base) with spiced lamb/beef mince. There are Middle Eastern condiments such as zhoug (spicy coriander & parsley), toum (garlic, lemon, oil), harissa (roast red bell peppers, tomatoes, spices including smoked paprika, garlic) among the best sellers – all guaranteed to add flavour, excitement and flair to even the plainest of dishes.
WOODS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE at Kevin’s Krafts
KEVIN’S KRAFTS WOODTURNING: Kevin sources materials from around the world to create a wide range of gift ideas: pens, clocks, candle holders and many more. He says: “We can also personalize items for special occasions. We add one-of-a-kind-poetry to some of our clocks - each poem is a one-off and won’t be used on any other clock, adding that special and personal touch. We also source a lot of our wood and finishing products locally, for instance our beeswax.”
ONE OF IRELAND’S BEST INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS: Little Acorns
LITTLE ACORNS BOOKSTORE: Trading eight years in Derry, and in Society Street since 2018, Little Acorns has a stock of over 25,000 books of all genres, both new and second-hand. There’s a special children's reading area and Little Acorns is also home to the Legenderry Writers' Chair and Theatre & Media Chair (boasting nearly 400 signatures). There are plans to have Ireland's only Typewriter Museum in the basement below the shop floor by late 2019, which will also accommodate bespoke music and literary events. Little Acorns holds signings and creative writing workshops on-site. Voted one of the 25 Best Independent Bookshops in Ireland by the Irish Times in 2018, and one of the best bookshops in N. Ireland by The Guardian Newspaper in 2011, Little Acorns is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30am - 6pm and Sunday 1pm - 6pm.
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WATCH THE WORLD GO BY: High Society Street Cafe
HIGH SOCIETY STREET CAFE is situated on the first floor of Society Street Indoor Market. You can take in a gallery view of the first floor, sit with a book and enjoy a quick snack or meal while you watch the market operate. A simple menu uses all the materials of the market, from Society Street Fruit and Veg Box and a number of other stalls, to produce a range of freshly cooked meals.
A BURST OF COLOUR AT SOCIETY STREET: Society Street Courtyard Plants and Flowers
SOCIETY STREET COURTYARD PLANTS AND FLOWERS supplies a burst of colour in the market, growing and supplying bedding plants, vegetables and hanging baskets. “It is good to be able to grow something from a seed and then bring it to market and sell it.” And everything is used fresh on the day: “Just recently we have started to supply tomatoes and lettuces which have not sold on our stall to Society Street Fruit and Veg Box, and if it is not sold there, it goes on to High Society Street Café.”
LOCAL VEG, FRUIT AND HONEY FROM LOCAL GROWERS: Society Street Fruit and Veg Box
SOCIETY STREET FRUIT AND VEG BOX sells a mixture of duck eggs, meats, breads, pastries, honeys, fruit and vegetables from local producers. “We have meats from Pearson Family Butchers, breads made locally by Scapello and pastries made by Ebrington Bake House in Bonds Street. Our vegetables are grown by ourselves where possible, and where not, sourced locally. We like to know exactly where everything comes from. Our honey and bees wax we produce ourselves from our own beehive, which we have built up over the past 6 years. It is nice to know where each item we sell comes from, and how it is grown or produced, and also to know that everything we produce is also used in the indoor market’s High Society Cafe.”
BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS ON SUNDAY AND EVERY DAY: Wild Berry Boutique
WILD BERRY BOUTIQUE is run by an independent, creative, professionally trained florist. Wild Berry stocks a seasonal range of fresh flowers and foliage, rotating the flower selection and colour palette weekly to offer something different every Sunday at the market. “We create bespoke bouquets and floral arrangements for all occasions. You can check out our designs on Instagram or Facebook, where you can also place bespoke orders. Our beautiful flowers are available for delivery across the city and surrounding areas.”
BRING NATURE AND NATURAL CANDLE LIGHT INTO YOUR HOME: The Walled Garden
THE WALLED GARDEN is a company that hopes to introduce a natural way of life into every home. “As custodians of an ever-changing planet, we make a conscious effort to make all our products from natural or reclaimed materials. We sell a wide variety of products from natural beeswax candles to wooden folk art. Our candles, made from 100% natural beeswax, do not emit any toxins when burned, bring a warm glow to any home and help to raise awareness of the plight of the bee population. All our wooden folk art is made from reclaimed wood or locally sourced driftwood, helping to instil an ethos of reuse and recycle.”
GEEKY, COMIC AND FUN: Komic Kong
KOMIC KONG NI started in Society Street at Christmas 2018. The key word is fun and Komic Kong provides a range of collectables and toys from different fandoms. Komic Kong is owned by a geeky fan who loves comic-themed merchandise, TV shows, movies from Marvel to Star Wars and a lot of things in between. “It’s for everyone who enjoys all things geeky and fun! Every month we aim to bring fresh new stock to fans of pop culture as well as to our regular collectors."
UNIQUE ANTIQUES, QUIRKY AND RETRO: Brian’s Antique and Vintage Goods
BRIAN’S ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE GOODS offers unique and quirky antiques and collectibles, militaria, artwork, vintage toys, retro, props and everything in-between. Lots of affordable rare items for sale, from Banksy-style original artwork to a Robert Thompson mouseman ashtray, replica antique rifles, vintage police items, clockwork toys and lots more. “I can also try and source items for you, or give you advice on your items. Hope to see you soon for a chat and a step back in time – we’re here every weekend at Society Street Indoor Market!”
A NATURAL TOUCH FOR YOUR SKIN: Natural Skincare from Louise
NATURAL SKINCARE FROM LOUISE is a family-run business offering award-winning natural skincare for all the family. “I stock a wide range of products from Queen Bee Naturals, including award-winning All-Over Baby Balm and Ink-Sential Tattoo Aftercare. All products are 100% natural and produced with organic beeswax. I started out as a customer of Queen Bee Naturals and loved the products so much, I just had to bring them to the Northwest! I am now an Independent Representative for Queen Bee Naturals in this area.”
BESPOKE CAKES JUST FOR YOU: Di’s Daisybakes
DI’S DAISYBAKES started quite a few years ago and moved to Society Street in 2019. “I began making cakes for friends and family, and gradually the word got around and I started getting orders for others. The business began life as Daisybakes, but when looking for a corporate image I discovered quite a few Daisybakes out there, so decided to add in an abbreviation of my first name – hence Di’s Daisybakes was born. My business is always evolving, as there are so many other bakers out there. In the upcoming months I am hoping to introduce a whole new range of goods to our product offering.”
GOOD NEWS FOR DERRY PIE LOVERS: Pie in the Sky
PIE IN THE SKY is new to Society Street Indoor Market, bringing traditional hand crafted Scottish pies to Derry! Creator Rob Kerr has over 20 years experience working in the food industry. A Scotsman living in Derry, and missing a good traditional Scottish pie, he was inspired to bring this unique offering to Ireland. Pie in the Sky uses the finest of local produce, wrapped in traditional Scottish pastry to create a variety of hand crafted pies. Individual pies include Steak, Chicken & Leek, Scotch, Steak & Haggis, Steak & Black pudding and the veggie option Macaroni. You can find us at Society Street Indoor Market on Fridays & Saturdays. 10-5.30.