Real enthusiasm for organic produce
Posted on 08 / 29 / 2011
This is a smallish shop that makes much of it's available space, extending out onto the pavement with a display of organic fresh fruit and vegetables and through to its back yard with bulk refills for household products (as well as more stocks of fruit and vegetables).
Inside, you'll find more fresh supplies, plus a fairly good selection of pre-packed wholefoods, freshly delivered organic bread (if you pick your day) and a smattering of personal care products. With the emphasis on organic, rather than veg*n produce specifically, expect to see a few tins of fish on the shelves and a little meat in the bottom of the fridge.
Overall, though, for veg*ns in the area this is a great little resource. Rather than being a town centre outlet, it's sited on the road from Dundrum into Dublin, making it more akin to a local corner shop with an alternative twist.
John, the owner, is chatty and enthusiastic about what he sells and clearly proud of the vision he realised in 2006 by opening Ireland's first shop whose food lines were 100% organic. That said, he'll just as happily sell you an environmentally-friendly light-bulb and, within the space constraints, he does try to cover other eco-bases too, like recycled stationery.
Like most smaller shops, you will find a more extensive range at cheaper prices elsewhere, though a full basket of shopping still seems to come out at a reasonable cost.
Lately it's had to surrender the tag of being Ireland's only shop selling all-organic food, but in other ways EcoLogic still feels like something of a one-off.
Commitment to organic produce, Good range of refills, Enthusiasm of owners
Stock limited by space, Prices slightly higher than elsewhere