Come and shop in Northmavine! We have two well-stocked shops supplying everything from craft beers to everlasting clothes pegs, we have a pottery, various craft outlets, a hotel, a cafe, a second-hand bookshop and several textile outlets. We will be adding new businesses here all the time.
The Hillswick Shop was bought by the community in 2008 and has been run a community enterprise ever since. It offers a full range of services - diesel and petrol; groceries including fresh local bread, milk, meat, vegetables and fish; wines and beers; hardware, including the legendary stainless steel gale-proof K-Pegs. It specialises in eco-friendly goods and has a range of vegan and gluten free foods.The Post Office is open on Mondays 10.00am-12.30pm and Thursdays 3.00-5.30pm. The shop itself is open seven days a week, as indicated in the picture below. Finding it is easy - just turn right at the St Magnus Bay Hotel in Hillswick, and the shop is on your left hand side, with the fuel pumps down next to the sea.
Sharon McGeady's pottery in North Roe is a treasure, nestling into the hillside and with spectacular views over North Roe itself towards the Bjorgs. It's at North House, Burravoe, and you reach it by driving through North Roe on the main A970 towards Isbister, then looking for the sign saying 'Pottery'. Keep heading up the hill, veering to the right and Sharon's house is the second one, with a big wooden shed and again, a sign saying 'Pottery'.
Sharon and her husband Bob have the motto "if we're in, we're open" and there is a little shop in one of the byres with a lovely display of Sharon's mugs, plates, vases, buttons and other ceramic objects. Sharon works in a little extension to the house and you will often find some of her work drying on a bench outside. Don't mind the dogs - they're both friendly. But make sure you shut the gates after you.
The Ollaberry Shop is a community Co-op supplying fuel, groceries including fresh local bread, meat, fish and vegetables, toys, hardware,wines, spirits and beer, hardware and household goods. The Post Office is open between 9.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, and between 2.00-5.00pm on Sundays. The shop itself is open 9.00am-6.15pm Monday to Wednesday, until 7.00pm on Thursdays, and 2.00-5.00pm on Sundays. It is also a community hub with posters and notices advertising what's on and where. Immediately opposite the shop is Peter Hurson's garage and repair shop, your first port of call if you have car trouble in Northmavine. Both are in the Ollaberry Industrial Estate. Look for the two wind generators.