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Tom Keane and Claire Graham, owners of The Old Mill Stores in Connonagh Village, Co Cork –  winners of the Best Craft/Gift Shop category. Photograph: Emma Jervis

BEST CRAFT/GIFT SHOP: The Old Mill Stores On a bend in the road between Roscarbery and Leap is a real sign of the retail times. The Old Mill Stores (...)

The Winding Stair in Dublin and Vibes & Scribes in Cork are on 72 cent stamps while Clerke, a grocer in Skibbereen and Thomas Moran, a hardware and faming shop in Westport, Co Mayo feature on the €1.10 stamp.

Notepads and cameras at the ready, the judges are out on the road visiting the 100 stores on this year’s Best Shops shortlist. The winners will be ann(...)

The Grass Roof cafe in Rossinver, Co Leitrim is nominated for Best Café/Teashop

BEST CAFÉ/TEASHOP Phoenix Cafe, Ashtown Castle demesne, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7; Destination cafe with space for families and brilliant home baking. T(...)

Best Shops 2016 is now closed. Thank you to all the readers who voted for the shops you loved.  We received 30,288 nominations in this year’s (...)

With nominations closing tonight, we’re reading as fast as we can through your best shops votes, and enjoying the comments as they pour in. Pure good(...)

The Fireplace Barbershop on Dublin’s South William Street.

Service is one of the key criteria of the judging process of the Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland competition 2016. As secret shoppers pay visits to(...)

Best Shops 2016: over 23,000 nominations

With just nine days left in The Irish Times Best Shops 2016 competition and nominations of more than 23,000 so far, the competition is heading into th(...)

O’Connell’s Victuallers, Limerick city, opened in 1919 by Paddy O’Connell and taken over by Philip Craughan and run now by his son Paul, “has the friendliest and most genuine staff,” says Grace Sheridan.

The family-run section of Best Shops competition has readers writing in their droves. Ian McKenna loves Mullins in Donegal Town, run by Kieran and se(...)

The Shack, Marble Hill, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal: a beautiful spot , says one reader

We are coming into the final stretch of The Irish Times Best Shops 2016 competition and it’s time to set the sat nav and discover some of the gems tha(...)

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I love beauty salons and spas. I’ve been to salons all over the world and if I can squeeze in a visit when I’m away, I will. I’m always struck by the(...)

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