With the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the high street hard, now is the time to support local businesses more than ever.
So, I am launching a new series profiling the best boutiques Northern Ireland has to offer starting with Uptown BiBi in Omagh, which I have completely fallen in love with.
Without doubt I will be giving my bank balance a big hit with purchases from this brilliant boutique.
Tucked away down a cobbled lane off Omagh's main street, this quirky one-stop fashion destination has been keeping the ladies of Omagh and surrounding areas on trend and encouraging them to get creative with their clothing and to remember to have fun with it all.
The store is owned by fabulous fashionista Sinéad Slane who has turned her love of fashion into a full-time job. Uptown BiBi had been her dream for eight years before it opened its doors in October 2018.
It was upon reading the book The Secret and attending Cliodhna Fullen's life skills classes that gave her that extra boost of confidence to make her dream a reality.
By her side as her right hand woman in their new shared venture is her daughter Alannah. Sinéad told me: "The two of us work really well together because we have similar taste but then again we have very different taste as well so it's a nice balance."
Uptown Bibi has a range of quirky, stylish and fun brands such as Sister Jane, Jovanna London and Gospel. They only stock limited quantities to ensure that you won't easily bump into someone wearing the same thing as you. Self-confessed vintage shopper Sinéad incorporates her personal taste in her store - reflected in their popular band tees.
Sinéad's fashion tip is "stick to your own style and pull together a capsule wardrobe that works for you every season, adding quirky pieces that will give your wardrobe a creative edge". Gina Lloyd (@allthingsginafied) is praised by Sinéad for style inspiration as well as knowing what would really suit a person's body shape and every colour combination that works.
Should you not be able to travel to Omagh (you really should make the effort to see what we have on our own doorstep as you will thank me) check out Uptown BiBi's online store.
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Uptown BiBi, 25C Market Street, Omagh; Tel: 028 8288 8161. Uptownbibi.com