Awake Women of the West! New Business Starts in Mayo.

Its never easy launching a new business but trying to start up in a recession requires a particularly determined entrepreneur. So it is worth highlighting and praising the women of Co. Mayo who have started the following businesses over the last year or so:

Forgotten Frocks
Go on, be honest girls. How many dresses and outfits do you have at the back of the wardrobe, or in the attic, that you’ve worn once or twice and haven’t looked at since? How about making a little bit of money back from your purchases during the ‘party years’? Forgotten Frocks is a new web site offering pre-loved womens clothing at knock-down prices. Sellers can advertise their party dresses, bridal wear, debs dresses, communion wear, handbags, accessories and more. And buyers can pick up a bargain at knockdown prices. A winner all-round for savvy buyers and sellers.

Koochie Koo
With Ireland currently undergoing a baby boom, maybe opening a nursery store and baby boutique during a recession is not such a daft idea. This shop has a fantastic location in the retail park in Westport and stocks quality buggies, travel systems, cots and nursery furniture as well as a choice selection of baby and toddler clothing and accessories.

Nappy Happy Cakes
Still on the baby boom theme, how about these little beauties for your new little beauties? Nappy cakes are a great idea as new baby gifts – they look fantastic but when you get into them (and yes, its a real shame to unpick them) they are choc full of useful stuff that the new parents will really appreciate.

Terisina Fitzpatrick Photography
Wedding photography, corporate photography (events, fashion, products) and portrait photography offered in the Newport and Westport area. Keeping with the baby theme, photographer Terri specialises in photographs of new born babies as well as toddlers and children. Book a studio session in Newport, or book Terri to cover your wedding, corporate or family event.

Sleek Lingerie
Following on from the baby boom theme, the idea for Sleek Lingerie came about after its founder struggled to fit into her pre-baby clothes without a little bit fo help from shapewear. Now the sleek.ie web site offers a select range of shapewear, maternity underwear, and silhouette-enhancing lingerie.

Blackfield Clothing
Not quite a start-up, Blackfield Clothing has been designing, making and selling funky adults and children’s clothing on Achill Island for a few years now. But with a stylish new e-commerce website, and a new range for 2011, they are always worth a mention. The Hot-Totz range of kids clothing is always a great gift idea.

Congratulations to all the women behind these new businesses in Mayo, and best of luck to you all in these challenging times.

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