Robert Collins, manager and Christina O'Connor, staff member,  at The Store Yard , Portlaoise. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:49

We asked you tell us about your favourite shops again this summer, and you did in your thousands. More than 31,000 entries poured in praising indep(...)

Margaret Mangan at Cloon Keen Atelier at 21a High Street in Galway city.  Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

A shop selling own-brand scented candles and fragrances that are made in Spiddal doesn’t sound like a business proposal any bank manager would jump(...)

Glebe Gardens and Café is a Baltimore spot set up by Pete and Jean Perry, a couple who ran a market garden and farm shop in Gloucestershire, and wh(...)

Your nominations for the Best Shops in Ireland awards are coming in thick and fast, and over the coming weeks secret shoppers and the judges will g(...)

Stone Mad, Kinsale has been nominated

To nominate your Best Shop 2015, click here Six days into this year’s Best Shops competition and already we have thousands of nominations. The (...)

            This year we have changed the categories slightly and added etailers and market stalls. We’re also mi(...)

The  Avoca shop and cafe on Suffolk Street in Dublin 2. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Simon Pratt, managing director of the Avoca luxury goods retailer and restaurant chain, says it will be “a couple of months” before a decision(...)

Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street, Dublin 2: it is  closing for six months for a major overhaul. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Those of you who have been lamenting the future of the iconic Bewley’s cafe on Dublin’s Grafton Street should relax, put the kettle on and take a load(...)

Half way through the Best Shops campaign and we’ve been inundated with 10,985 nominations for more than 1,350 shops throughout the 32 counties. Hardwa(...)

Simon Pratt, managing director of Avoca, at one of the company’s 12 cafes in Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Want to know the makings of a great cafe? Avoca has 12 and has been included in the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland every year since (...)