Dublin’s second local flower market, opening in the capital’s heartland, has attracted hundreds of customers, many of them women who are tired of waiting in long lines to get flower.
The first flower shop opened at the corner of Washington and Massachusetts streets on Tuesday, attracting a crowd of about 10,000 people, a spokeswoman for the flower shop told The Irish Time.
The shop sells roses, chrysanthemums, marigolds and tulips, as well as flowers that are sold at home and by the roadside.
It was initially open only for a limited time, she said.
It is a very small shop, but the people who come in are just so appreciative, she added.
The shops will be opened up again in two weeks, when it will be open to the public for the first time.
“The first two weeks of the season is really when we get the most customers,” the spokeswoman said.
She said the shop had received a “very positive response”.
“We’ve had people from all over the world who come here, who we’ve had a few people come in from the UK and they’ve just been so happy to see their friends there,” she said, adding the shop was also attracting women who wanted to buy flowers from home and buy them at the roadside or at the market.
She said flowers were not as expensive as in the UK, but they were still quite expensive compared to other flowers in Ireland.
“It’s a little bit more expensive because it’s more complicated and you have to go to different plants,” she added, adding it was a little more expensive in the city because of its high cost of living.
The flower shop was started in 1998 by Ms Molloy and Mr O’Connor.
Ms Mollouy has been in business for over 40 years and Mr Odinon was born in Dublin in 1967.
He moved to the United States in 1983, but is now living in Texas.
“I’m doing this as a business venture,” he said.
“We’re just trying to be a little small and not get overwhelmed by the number of flowers we’ve got,” he added.
“I like to do a little of both at the same time.”
The shop also sells local food, including local fruit and local beer, but said the majority of the customers were interested in flowers.
It was originally set up to cater for the local community, but it now offers flower sellers from all around the world.