Warren Allen Collections, after nearly seven years on McSwiney Quay, found a new home last month on Bandon’s South Main Street. Taking advantage of her new central location, owner Jacintha Warren included a café within the new shop to provide an all round experience for her customers. Now along with browsers looking through the shop’s treasures, Warren Allen Coffee is buzzing with chat from the bright and contemporary café that has quickly become Bandon’s newest meeting place.
“I wanted the new shop to be part of the positivity and vibrancy of the Main Street,’ says Jacintha, “and I love that we’re now part of the history of this building, which has been trading for more than 100 years. In fact all the relatives of the original family have been in to wish me well and say how happy they are to see it come alive again.”
Jacintha is a big believer in positivity and the ‘feel-good factor’ and that mood is reflected in the shop, which is full of beautiful things – from little purchases to just cheer up a grey day to gifts that a loved one will cherish. Shelves are jammed with colourful diaries, journals and notebooks from suppliers as far away as Japan and the USA and a unique range of cards succinctly convey every emotion from joy to sadness.
Regulars of Warren Allen will be relived to know that Jacintha has of course made space for her clothing collection in the new shop. Comprising of classic designs in natural cottons, linen mixes and knitwear, the collection is ordered with Jacintha’s customers in mind. “I know my clientele. We have the same taste and I make sure to source items that will go with pieces already in my customer’s wardrobes, even if they were bought five years ago.”
Warren Allen is known for its collections of jewellery and watches, which range from modern Irish design to bright statement pieces. An ideal Christmas present this year for teenagers is the range of O clock watches which are fun and funky. A present that would be cherished is the (remove the Ar Nathair) collection of sterling silver bangle bracelets, finely engraved with resonant quotations, prayers and literary gems.
For men, Jacintha has a range of stylish presents including silver cufflinks, manbags, Tumble & Hide Italian leather washbags, masculine candles and classic wallets. For grannies and aunties try the hats, felt slippers, scarfs, belts, bags or wallets! And she has the most amazing array of baby gifts to be found in West Cork, little girls all over the country are wearing the most colourful flower power hats!
Warren Allen Collections is a joy but so much browsing results in needing a sit-down. That’s the perfect time to head into the adjoining café where the espresso is so good Italian tourists recently commented, “that was the best espresso we’ve had in Ireland!” Enjoy scones or cake in the morning or afternoon or a soup and sandwich or bagel if its lunchtime – all locally sourced.
Warren Allen Collections is open from Mon– Sat, 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. See www.warrenallencollections.ie.