Fifty Seven Boutique and Gift Emporium opened for business in Durrow back in July – but the official opening on Friday night attracted a full house.
Owned by mother and daughter duo Mary and Jenny Miller, Durrow becomes their third store with shops also in Portarlington and Athy.
Among the special guests were Anna May McHugh from the National Ploughing Association and Laois hurlers, local Harps players Podge Delaney and Ciaran Comerford as well as Abbeyleix’s Enda Rowland, who was only last week nominated for an All Star.
The well-travelled Joe McDonagh Cup duly took its place in the photos alongside the dignitaries.
As well as family members, friends and neighbours in Durrow, among the guests was Laois TD Sean Fleming, Kildare South TD Fiona O’Loughlin and councillors Ollie Clooney, Conor Bergin, John King and Mary Sweeney.
And after the cutting of the ribbon it was on to the Castle Arms for refreshments and speeches.
Since it first opened their doors in Portarlington 16 years ago, Fifty Seven Boutique have earned a reputation as one of the finest boutiques serving the ladies of the midlands.
They carry a great range of fashion brands, with a strong emphasis placed on supporting our Irish owned fashion labels, including Avalon, Via-Veneto, Personal Choice, Kate Cooper, Naya, Paco, Peruzzi, Castle Knitwear.
In recent years, Mary and Jenny have diversified somewhat to incorporate a giftware selection to their offering, which includes a boutique range of scented candles, baby gift ideas, scarfs, bags and accessories.
And in the past two seasons, a footwear department has been developing at Fifty Seven which now is proud to stock Kate Appleby footwear, Tamarais footwear and a beautiful boutique range of leather sandals from Inouvo, with more new brands coming for the Autumn-Winter season.
Photographer Julie Anne Miller was on hand to capture a selection of images from the event.