Pop Up Shop opens in Ballymena

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe, is pictured with, from left: Melanie Christie Boyle, Ballymena Business Centre; Lucy Craig of Netty Hill, Sandra Sullivan of Small Print, Jim Stevenson of Wicked Princess Beads, Donna McClintock of Kelebek Krafts, Emma Jamison of Ballymena BID, Louise ONeill of Blue House Craft, Jacque McNeill of Jacque McNeill Paintings.(Submitted Picture).
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe, is pictured with, from left: Melanie Christie Boyle, Ballymena Business Centre; Lucy Craig of Netty Hill, Sandra Sullivan of Small Print, Jim Stevenson of Wicked Princess Beads, Donna McClintock of Kelebek Krafts, Emma Jamison of Ballymena BID, Louise ONeill of Blue House Craft, Jacque McNeill of Jacque McNeill Paintings.(Submitted Picture).

Mid & East Antrim Council is funding op-up Shops in the borough’s three main towns of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne until April 2.

Ballymena BID and Ballymena Business Centre are acting as delivery partners for the Ballymena Pop-Up scheme.

The Ballymena ‘Pop-up Shop’ will be open at Unit 35 in the Tower Centre 9am-5.30pm Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, and 9am-9pm Thursday & Friday.

Visiting with the traders, Mid & East Antrim Mayor Billy Ashe, said: “This will present participants with a unique opportunity to test trade their business ideas and evaluate the viability within a realistic environment.

“We very much hope that borough residents will support this initiative”

The initiative is designed to provide local entrepreneurs with an opportunity to trade for a two-week period over Easter in temporary premises secured by Council in order to minimise the financial risk of investigating the potential of their business idea.

The Ballymena pop-up shop has a ‘hand-crafted feel’ with Flossy Treats offering handmade confectionery, Kelebek Krafts providing handmade eco-friendly giftware products made from recycled materials, The Men’s Shed - Harryville, offering creative handmade products using traditional skills like carpentry and wood-turning, and Midtown Makers – a collective of eight local craftspeople and artisans - offering a wide-range of gift and art products.

These include Jacque McNeill of Jacque McNeill Paintings, Andrea McNeill of The Early Bird, Gemma Lowry of Laird and Gillie, Jim Stevenson of Wicked Princess Beads, Lucy Craig of Netty Hill, Michelle Lowry of Penny and Rose, Louise O’Neill of Blue House Craft and Sandra Sullivan of Small Print.