These are tricky times for small businesses.
And sadly, the pressure has proven too much for one much-loved Ballinspittle shop.
Leafling Mercantile, the apothecary-style refill shop in the centre of the busy Cork town, has announced it is closing its doors unless a new owner can be found to take it over.
The shop is 80 percent plastic-free, and known for its wholesome displays of local produce, beautiful cookbooks and bags and jars filled with everyday essentials that customers can shop without the excess packaging so common in the supermarkets.
“Thank you for all of the love and sharing of our recent reel about supporting small Irish businesses.” posted owner Shannen Butler-Keane, who also owns the popular Diva café next door, on Instagram.
“It’s particularly a bittersweet little video as I have made the decision to, sadly, close the doors of this sweet little shop.
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“We will continue to trade for a few weeks more(unless someone would be interested in taking it over!) and will be keeping the same opening hours for at least the next two weeks… so please do pop in, stock up on your refills and have the chats with the Leafling Staff members.
“I will be posting more updates as the days go by… it’s a shame because we just got a bunch of new followers too!”
Are you interested in keeping this important little shop going? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org.