I don’t swing through George’s Street Arcade as much as I should, to be honest.
Some of my favourite records (Yes, records), books, clothes and other odds and ends came from that place. It normally involves having a bit of time to root, and maybe it is a matter of time. Us Arts students are very busy people, you know.
Anyway, there are two things I’ve always got an eye out for in a corner shop. One is Irn Bru (jesus, I love Irn Bru) and the other is Roy of the Rovers bars. Addictive things. Every now and then you stumble across them, or another classic- Dipdabs, Highland Toffee, Animal Bars- all reminders of various things and times. All addictive too. Seems to be the reaccuring feature of things you shouldn’t indulge in, cruel world.
So on my last wander through, I came across The Sweet Life. Having only my busfare and a tenner that was due to go into someone elses hand, a visit was out of the question. Still, even the sight of it blew me away and made me a bit hyper.
In their own words, “We are a sweet shop located in Dublin’s City Centre, specialising in sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, no added sugar and natural chocolates and confectionary”
Bleh, none of that means anything to me really. It’s the retro-stand at the front of the shop I’m captivated by. EVERYTHING is there. Your local shop may have some of them (Palmerstown youths know the goodness of Blackjacks all too well…)but seeing them all there, in their old school glory (and at reasonable enough prices) is a sight to behold. All your teeth, fecked forever.
It’s a bit like one of those rare occasions when one of the ancient buses goes past you on the street,or a culchie relative shows up with a bottle of TK. Go for a look if you’re about town, they’re there Monday to Saturday between 10 and 6.