Clarion Hotel Cork
Phone: (353) 21 4224900
Fax: (353) 21 4224901
Appropriately located by the quay, Union Chandlery caters to the needs of anyone planning to go to sea. There is a wide range of wetsuits and heavy weather gear for sale, as well as all sorts of equipment required for boats, from shackles to sails. At the front of the shop they sell more general outdoor clothes. Though a bit pricey, they have a good quality stock and the friendly staff are always on hand to offer expert advice.
This is a splendid shop for both children and more mature collectors. Just inside the entrance door, there is a wall lined with model cars from floor to ceiling. There are formula one, vintage and rally cars in varying sizes. Boats and planes can be made using self-assembly kits. The model boats are mainly tall ships or modern yachts, while the planes are generally fighter models. There are also sci-fi and fantasy models and kits. Upstairs houses a range of jigsaws.
Conveniently located in the central shopping mall, Merchants Quay Shopping Centre, Thoughts is the ultimate card shop. Its name is apt as they have cards to suit any occasion imaginable. In addition, small gifts like cute fridge magnets and Simpsons mugs are stocked. The different sections are clearly marked so it's quite simple to find what you're looking for. There is a party organizing service too. Hire their expert team of balloon artists to enliven your special day or have some personalized invitations designed and printed.
This store offers good-quality clothing for cute little kids who revel in bright colors and simple designs. Adams is rightly well regarded as it's fully equipped to deal with children's needs; there are size charts on the walls to reduce time spent in the dressing rooms. Prices are reasonable, especially when one considers the quality of the merchandise. The store is clearly laid out making it quite easy to locate, whatever it is you're looking for in terms of size and style.
Daily essentials and dresses is what Dunnes specializes in. The Merchants Quay outlet offers draperies for all. Men, women and kids alike can get a taste of the variety of clothes laid out. The racks undergo timely changes with new designs being introduced often. Call or check website before planning a visit.
This shop sells the kind of gear that looks great the first time you wear it but pretty soon the law of diminishing returns begins to kick in. Prices are quite competitive though and the clothes do look quite funky initially. It's always busy here and the stock is different every time you pop in so there's always a chance of picking up that to-die-for outfit. A triumph of style over substance is perhaps not so bad in the fickle world of fashion.
Bright and spacious, this shop caters to the needs of anyone with even a passing interest in sport. All the major sports brands are on offer at keen prices. If it's footwear you're looking for, they have an ample range of the latest football boots and trainers. The staff are enthusiastic, energetic and willing to help in whatever way they can. All sports are catered for, from swimming to hockey, soccer to basketball. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
Merchants Quay is the biggest shopping mall in the city center. As well as having flagship stores, such as Marks and Spencer and Dunnes, there is a wide range of other shops on the two floors. There are mainly clothes shops on the ground floor, with more of a mixture upstairs. At the center on the ground floor there are "temporary" stalls selling bargain books, unusual gifts and so on. The range of stalls varies throughout the year.
This shop supplies all uniforms, badges, and textbooks to the local Scouting community, and is therefore of interest to anyone who is a part of Lord Baden Powell's global family. The shop also sells an extensive range of camping gear, offering everything from groundsheets to Petzl head torches, so it's a useful stop if you're planning a marvellous trek here in the South West. The staff are full of camping and Scouting knowledge and only too happy to assist in any way they can.
If you are at all interested in music, you really should stop by this interesting little shop. Musical instruments are bought, sold and repaired here. The shop also houses an extensive range of CDs, records, tapes and videos. If you have any music you want to sell, Leeside Music would like to buy it. They are especially interested in purchasing unwanted collections. The staff are friendly and will do their best to find you a copy of whatever it is you're looking for, while browsers are always very welcome.
The open-plan layout and bare wooden floorboards here help create a warm and relaxed atmosphere in which to peruse the latest trends within the ever-changing world of fashion. The clothes are primarily aimed at the more mature end of the market and include some stylish suits that would be just perfect for the office. The staff are very friendly and attentive – they are particularly adept at helping customers combine different pieces to create an elegant ensemble.
Annie Brennan lives in Westport, Co. Mayo, and runs a thriving craft and jewellery shop there. The shop in Cork is her showcase for the more expensive pieces of her collection. It is a modern day Aladdin's Cave of delights: the work of many Irish jewellers is exhibited here including Dubar Quinn, Seamus Gill, Sean McCarthy, Brain Hackett, Breda Haugh and more. The more international contingent is made up of some very fine pieces from Ayala Bar (Israel), Aegis (Scotland) and Isle of Wight glass. This tiny shop should definitely be a port of call during any trip to Cork.