February 3, 2011

Going Strong Since 1979 - The Hopsack

The Hopsack is a small and friendly family run health food shop based in Rathmines’ Swan Centre in Dublin 6. It was established in 1979 and has been going strong ever since. From the moment I moved to Dublin I have been frequenting the Hopsack (that’s almost 10 years! –which is a crazy thought in itself) and I have always been impressed with the staff's knowledge and their willingness to obtain any product that I’m looking for even if it is not part of their regular stock.

In addition to their vast knowledge, the Hopsack's large team is extremely helpful and very generous with their time. Sometimes I wonder how they all fit in the small shop but don’t let the square footage fool you! Every inch is packed full with supplements, homeopathic remedies, tonics, natural beauty products, wholefoods, baby food, teas, spices–and of course that includes a whole rake of food allergy friendly products like ice creams, breads, cheeses, pastas, cereals, sweeteners, spreads, flours, snack bars and I know not what else!

Something else unique to the Hopsack, which I find 'somewhat' rare with healthfood shops, is their active internet existence. www.hopsack.ie is a vibrant online site with local news, health tips and adventures. I definitely suggest logging on because there is an online shop, an active blog/news page, a handy link page for related resources and even a members forum (although it seems to be a bit quiet since mid 2009 but there is still some golden information stashed away in them there hills).

Every healthfood shop has its specialties and personal reasons for you to frequent but I can safely say that if you are seeking advice, guidance or clarification on your allergies/intolerances or indeed any health query then the Hopsack is one of your best options.

Location: Swan Shopping Centre, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Tel: 01 496 0399
Web: www.hopsack.ie
Opening Times: Mon-Wed 09:00-19:30; Thurs-Fri 09:00-21:00; Sat 09:30-18:30; Sun 13:00-18:00

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