Pop-up shop at Joymount

Mayor Cllr Billy Ashe pictured with participants from the Carrickfergus Pop Up Shop, June McKenzie (Afrecca Arts), Leigh Hunter (Growing Smiles), Sarah King (Stitched), Elaine McIvor (Murphys Barkery).  INCT 13-725-CON
Mayor Cllr Billy Ashe pictured with participants from the Carrickfergus Pop Up Shop, June McKenzie (Afrecca Arts), Leigh Hunter (Growing Smiles), Sarah King (Stitched), Elaine McIvor (Murphys Barkery). INCT 13-725-CON

A pop-up shop initiative launched last week will run in Carrickfergus until this Saturday.

It follows the highly successful Carnegie UK Trust’s TestTown programme in the town in August.

The initiative is designed to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to trade for a two-week period over Easter in temporary premises secured by Mid and East Antrim Council.

Runnning at 2 Joymount from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily, there is a wide range of entrepreneurial talent on display with Afrecca Arts providing original artwork, Growing Smiles offering lifestyle coaching for oral and dental health, Murphy’s Bark’ery which offers low-fat, handcrafted treats for dogs, and Stitched which specialises in bespoke design.

The hope is that the scheme will provide a realistic chance for businesses to consider the viability of a long-term future within town centre retail.