THE BUILDING

31 DOMINICK STREET

WHEN I WAS LOOKING AROUND FOR A SUITABLE HOME FOR THE TASTING ROOM IN GALWAY CITY, I ALWAYS HAD MY EYE ON NO.31 DOMINICK STREET. I REALLY LIKE THE STREET AND THE AREA OF THE CITY, BUT THE MAIN DRAW WAS THE APPEARANCE OF THE SHOP AND IT'S CHARACTER. I ALSO REALLY LIKED THAT IT HAD PREVIOUSLY, FOR MOST OF THE PAST CENTURY OPERATED AS A PHARMACY. 

ONCE I ACTUALLY STEPPED INTO THE SHOP I KNEW THAT IT WOULD BE THE RIGHT PLACE. EVEN THOUGH THE SPACE IS QUITE SMALL, WHICH WILL BE A CHALLENGE, THERE IS A LOVELY ENERGY IN THE SHOP. I THINK THAT THIS ENERGY IS PARTLY DUE TO THIS ROOM ORIGINALLY HAVING FUNCTIONED AS THE KITCHEN IN THE BIG HOUSE. THE SHOP HAS BEEN EMPTY NOW FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS, HOWEVER, WHEN YOU STEP THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND HEAR THE BELL RING IT FEELS VERY LIVED IN AND WARM AND COMFORTABLE, LIKE BEING IN A COSY KITCHEN! 

 
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TASTING ROOM 6
 

NO.31 IS PART OF A THREE STOREY, FIVE BAY EARLY 19c GEORGIAN HOUSE. THE COMPLETE BUILDING IS A PROTECTED STRUCTURE. THE SHOP STANDS OUT DUE TO ITS BLACK SHOP FRONT. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW OF THESE SHOP FRONTS LEFT IN THE CITY AND INDEED IN THE COUNTRY. THE STYLE IS CALLED 'VITROLITE', WHICH IS A TOUGHENED GLASS, AND WAS POPULAR FROM THE 1920s -1950s. 

BELOW ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF VITROLITE CLAD SHOPS.

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THE EARLIEST STYLES OF THE VITROLITE CLAD SHOPS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MODERN MOVEMENT AND TENDED TO USE ART DECO FEATURES. WHICH THERE ARE MANY OF IN NO.31. NAMELY IN THE AIR GRILLES, DOOR HANDLE AND MOSAIC ENTRANCEWAY.

 
TASTING ROOM 7
 

THE SHOP FRONT IS IN POOR CONDITION AT THE MOMENT. BEFORE WE OPEN THE SPACE AS A TASTING ROOM, AS PART OF THE BUILDING AND RENOVATION WORKS, THE WHOLE SHOPFRONT IS GOING TO BE REPLACED WITH NEW VITROLITE, LIMESTONE AND STAINLESS STEEL. ALL OF THIS WORK WILL BE MONITORED BY A CONSERVATION SPECIALIST TO ENSURE THAT NONE OF THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER OF THE SHOP FRONT IS LOST. 

NEEDLESS TO SAY WE CAN'T WAIT TO OPEN THE DOORS AND WELCOME OUR FIRST GUESTS. WE HOPE TO BE OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE..! 

Claire DaveyComment