Following a flurry of last minute Christmas shopping, the Offaly Crafty Pop-Up Shop closed its doors at 2pm on Christmas Eve.
Shop Manager Paul Coyne and the Offaly Craft Makers were delighted with the success of the shop and very appreciative of the great support they received from people in the county.
A pop-up shop is a temporary shop and this one was open in Patrick Street, Tullamore for six weeks before Christmas, selling artisan craft and food products – all handmade in Offaly.
A first for Offaly, the craft pop-up shop gave a unique opportunity for local crafts’ people to sell their products in the County town. Customers were able to see firsthand the quality and diversity of local craft and have an opportunity to buy locally made products. Furthermore, by occupying a vacant retail premises, the pop-up shop gave a much needed boost to the main shopping area in the town and attracted visitors to the town.
2011 was the Year of the Craft and this initiative was made possible by contributions, support and funding from The Craft Council of Ireland, Offaly County Enterprise Board, Offaly Local Development Company, Offaly County Council, Tullamore Chamber of Commerce and the Offaly Crafty Association.
In reviewing the success of the temporary Pop-Up Shop, the agencies and the craft makers are now looking at ways of building the Offaly Crafty brand and possibility of additional pop-up shops in 2012.