In Mallow old and new mix in a shop­ping won­der­land

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MALLOW -

MALLOW is an ideal place to shop for all those spe­cial Christ­mas gifts.

Clothes, jew­ellery, home fur­ni­ture and a wide range of fresh foods can all be found in Mallow. Th­ese, com­bined with the knowl­edge that you will get friendly and ef­fi­cient ser­vice, mean that shop­ping in Mallow is the per­fect op­tion for the dis­cern­ing bar­gain hunter.

One of the most strik­ing as­pects of the town is the man­ner in which it has re­tained its tra­di­tional feel de­spite be­ing a rapidly de­vel­op­ing, mod­ern town.

Once best known as an agri­cul­tural town, Mallow has also gained a well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion for its top-class restau­rants, re­tail out­lets and key busi­ness ini­tia­tives.

In 2006 when Mar­ket Square of­fi­cially opened of­fer­ing a wide ar­ray of re­tail out­lets, mod­ern, spa­cious of­fices and a top class cinema, Mallow town was trans­formed, and it con­tin­ues to evolve.

How­ever, the old tra­di­tional val­ues in the Main St of Mallow have not been lost.

Take for ex­am­ple Davis Street, more com­monly known as the Main Street, which has a long stand­ing tra­di­tion of fam­ily run busi­nesses.

The street, which is prob­a­bly one of the long­est in Ire­land, is jam-packed with ser­vices. Buzzing with ac­tiv­ity it has some­thing to of­fer for ev­ery­one.

Dur­ing the day, the street is a meet­ing point for traders and shop­pers. At night time, mu­sic oozes out from the night­clubs and bars mak­ing Mallow an ideal place to re­lax with friends.

Sev­eral at­trac­tive lane-ways jut out from the Main St, where a vis­i­tor will find even more shops and of­fices.

At the bot­tom of the town stands the land­mark Clock House build­ing that marks the meet­ing point of Bridge St and The Spa.

Bridge Street it­self has a wide ar­ray of beau­ti­ful craft and clothes shops along with long-es­tab­lished busi­nesses.

Steeped in his­tory, Mallow Cas­tle nes­tles in the corner of Bridge Street where a short stroll will lead you through the im­pres­sive grounds. On re­turn­ing to The Spa in Mallow town, an area tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with heal­ing, one can not fail to be im­pressed by the sense of cul­ture and an­tiq­uity.

The Spa joins eas­ily with the cos­mopoli­tan Mar­ket Square and with just a short walk up Muddy Hill, you will find your­self in the heart of this shop­ping dis­trict.

Mallow town, a place to live and work in has a lot to of­fer for ev­ery­one, no mat­ter what your in­ter­ests are.

Linda Fla­herty at Choice’s Café.

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