Mary set to shut up shop at Christ­mas

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

ARK­LOW woman Mary Nolan Hickey has re­vealed she is finishing up her cof­fee shop at Christ­mas.

Hav­ing spot­ted the need for a cof­fee shop within Coral Leisure Cen­tre, Mary seized the op­por­tu­nity and opened The Lake Cof­fee Shop in 2011.

‘I set it up dur­ing the re­ces­sion. There was an op­por­tu­nity for a lit­tle cof­fee shop and a meet­ing place for the run­ners,’ she said. ‘At the start, I was work­ing late nights and split shifts to keep it go­ing. Now, I have other plans in my head, and I’ve de­cided to let it go at Christ­mas.’

Known as a keen fit­ness fa­natic, Mary re­turned ear­lier this month af­ter com­plet­ing her se­cond Lap of the Map in aid of the RNLI. While she is sorry to let go of the shop, Mary says that this is the right time to move on.

‘I love it but I feel I’ve taken it as far as I can take it. Over the last two years, my jour­neys have changed my per­spec­tive. Besides, I’ve a few more ideas that won’t leave me alone and I’d like to look into them.’

While there will some sad­ness in the town at the news, Mary said she is hope­ful that some­one will take over the cof­fee shop and that there has al­ready been some ex­pres­sions of interest.

With an ar­ray of classes tak­ing place at Coral Leisure Cen­tre, chil­dren’s par­ties and other events, there is al­ways a busy at­mos­phere near The Lake Cof­fee Shop which pro­vides a com­fort­able spot for any­one to wait and treat them­selves to a snack and a cup of cof­fee.

‘The po­ten­tial is there. It’d be a nice place for some­one to take over. This area of the town is beau­ti­ful and upand-com­ing,’ she said.

Mary Nolan Hickey hard at work in The Lake Cof­fee Shop.

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