A little oasis of independent retailers at Carrick’s Courtyard

A little oasis of independent retailers at Carrick’s Courtyard
The Courtyard Carrickfergus - a little hub of independent retailers

Famous for its castle and coastline, Carrickfergus is also celebrating another jewel in its crown at The Courtyard. An oasis of independent retailers and coffee shops, this not so secret garden really does have something for everyone.

Just on the edge of the medieval town, visitors can pop in to enjoy and explore the tranquil courtyard garden brimming with blooms and bustling with local businesses.

Lockdown may have seen the high street come to a standstill, but for The Courtyard, they seized the opportunity to support traders and bagged six new businesses to add to the offering.

From barbers and beauticians to book shops and bakers, this are of the town is a truly local affair, showcasing the talent the independent retailers here have to offer.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard’s Amanda Mitchell said it’s been a tough time for retailers during Covid-19 but they’re ready to welcome back all shoppers safely: “It’s no secret that retail and hospitality have been hardest hit by lockdown, but we are so proud here to have helped foster young and established businesses on their way to recovery whilst boosting our eclectic offering here.

“The Courtyard not only has an array of businesses here that you can come and explore, but it’s a scenic setting with its gardens and eateries that offers a break from the normal hustle and bustle of the high street and big brand shops. We’ve certainly noticed a growing appetite to support local retailers that can offer a more personal service. We’ve been working with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to ensure all our businesses here are good to go to welcome you back safely, and we can’t wait to see everyone again.

“It’s not just a place for businesses to grow here at The Courtyard, we are a community and a new Talking Shop invites innovative thinking and imagination, while providing an encouraging space for community-orientated ideas and experiments. Set up by Positive Carrickfergus we want to offer a space to discuss and explore the future of Carrickfergus with the people who live here.”