Clare McNickle has a lot to celebrate today. Not only is she welcoming customers back to her boutique for the first time this year, she is also celebrating 21 years in business!
The popular Letterkenny businesswoman has had a rollercoaster year at Clare Clothing.
There have been openings, closures, openings again and a move to a beautiful new store on Main Street.
But through it all, the ever-resilient Clare has always been there for her customers.
From her first job at Austins & Co. in Derry at the age of 17, to being promoted to work in the London fashion scene, retail has always been Clare’s passion.
She opened her own independent store on Port Road in 2000, and has been a trend-setter in the town ever since, thanks to her flair for styling, sourcing premium chic brands and outstanding care for every customer.
Clare’s work with the Letterkenny Chamber, local charities and the Donegal Women in Business Network place her firmly at the heart of the business community, and on this special day, some friends would like to wish Clare a very happy business anniversary:
Frances Spears of Mourne Antiques says: “What a 21 years it has been. Lots of ups and downs and always showing resilience Clare. Every good wish to you, Frances”
Toni Forrester, CEO of the Letterkenny Chamber says: “I would like to wish Clare all the very best as she celebrates 21 years in business. Clare has been a long standing member of Letterkenny Chamber and has served on the Chamber Council for over 10 years. During that time Clare has given me and the Chamber her full support. She is full of warmth, generosity and fun and always willing to lend a hand to help out. Congratulations Clare on your achievement. We are proud to have you as a member of the Chamber and I’m proud to call you a friend.”
Siobhan Grant of Grant Connections says: “Delighted for Clare as she celebrates her 21st anniversary in business. And so excited to be able to browse through the summer stock too!”
Jimmy Stafford of Bank of Ireland Donegal says: “Claire congrats on your 21 years of business in Letterkenny & here’s to many more. Thanks for all your support to the town. You are a fantastic asset to Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce not only as a board member for many years but also as a worker supporting the chamber on the many community & business events that are run. Slàinte, Jimmy Stafford.”
The La Maison duo, Claire and Anne, had this to say:
Claire McDonough said: “Huge congratulations to Clare on 21 years in business and in her new location on the Main St. As a past Vice President of Letterkenny Chamber Clare has always been a huge supporter of Letterkenny businesses. Wishing her many more years of business in the heart of the town!”
Anne Blake says: “Congratulations Clare on 21 years of business, you have always been a great strength and a source of information to us all. Enjoy the celebrations.”
Leonard Watson of Watson Menswear says: “I have known Clare for over 10 years as a business person, member of the board at chamber of commerce and a good friend. Great achievement to celebrate 21 years in business and delighted she has made the Main street her new home for her business, Clare is passionate about helping make Letterkenny the best town it can be and has put so much work and effort in to help make this happen .Wishing her many more years of success. Leonard, Sylvia and all at Watson Menswear.”
As life slowly returns to normal and we look forward to meals out, family visits and events, why not visit Clare Clothing in Letterkenny and let her help you step out in style!
Get updates and top styling tips on Clare’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/clareclothingletterkenny
Wishing you a very happy anniversary and all the best with reopening.