For the 9th year in a row, JCI Dublin has been looking for & rewarding the local businesses that do go the extra mile when it comes to customer service, digital friendliness, disability access and shop layout and design. Bear Market are thrilled to have been awarded this year for our digital experience with an award ceremony at the Mansion House Dublin.
A phenomenal evening of celebrating the various category winners.
* Customer Care - Coffee Kiosk
* Digital Experience - Bear Market Coffee
* Disability access - Damascus Gate Restaurant
* Shop Layout and Design - Yourfitness Underground
* Overall winner - 3FE
Bear Market along with sister company Pure food take home the award for food & drink at the county enterprise awards 2015. A fantastic achievement for all the team for all the hard work as two start up company's. The National Enterprise Awards competition is organised annually by the Local Enterprise Office Network to acknowledge the achievements of the small business sector.
Open House Dublin is a unique event, presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation. From 17 to 19 October over 100 tours, events and workshops will invite you to explore the rich architecture of Dublin. Open house offers a look and architectural talk within Bear Market explaining the concept and materiality of the design.
Founders Stephen and Ruth studied architecture in college. Unfortunately for them when the finished they soon realized that working as architects wasn’t all they had imagined it to be. So they decided to do something different.
Stephen had always known that when he grew up he wanted to be a businessman so he decided to try and start a business. His first plan was to start a high-end hostel company. Their research for this idea led the happy pair on an adventure that took them to every hostel in London. Finally, after lots of hard work and rough nights in even rougher London hostels, they received backing from a big American investor. Great stuff!
But no! All of a sudden things changed. The economy fell to pieces and their American patrons backed out leaving them in the lurch. Stephen and Ruth realized that their luck had turned and that they would have to look for another [ad]venture.
Luckily for them and for us, every cloud has a silver lining. It just so happened that Ruth’s Mum ran a gluten-free bakery out of the Blackrock Market. Always quick to see an opportunity our two protagonists quickly came up with the bright idea of selling coffee from Ruth’s mum’s market stall; a great plan, as we all know that listening to people talk about a gluten-free diet can leave you in need of a pick-me-up. After spending a little time training as baristas they set up shop. They named their stall ‘Bear Market Coffee’; a cheeky nod to the bear market to which their hostel business had fallen victim.
Thank God for all that! The result of the above adventure is the Bear Market Coffee that we know today. Stephen and Ruth opened up a permanent shop in September after securing a property right next door to Blackrock Market.
Drawing on their architectural background they created a beautifully raw and clean space, exposing and utilizing heavy structural materials such as re-bar and chunky wooden counter tops.
The store’s rugged design features are once again a nod to the bear market from which the business was born and is perhaps a measured reaction to the slick, elaborate décor of the bygone Celtic Tiger era.
Their coffee is just as robust and considered as the interior; perhaps another knowing riposte to the boom-time, bums-on-seats economic conditions that chains such as Insomnia and Costa flourished under in the past.
Stephen, an admitted tea drinker, trained as a barista with the boys over at Coffee Culture and despite his extensive knowledge of the product he adamantly shuns the notion of coffee snobbery. He firmly believes that consumers deserve a good quality product without the intimidation sometimes found in so-called ‘coffee drinkers’ coffee shops. Their blends range from robust to mild and are extremely reasonably priced in comparison to others in their market. With regards lunch, they do provide some seating but really Bear Market is more of a stop-and-go destination that offers a pleasant alternative to Costa and Starbucks.
Their endeavours have so far proven successful and it seems that the allure of good quality, reasonably priced coffee is too much for the community’s suited denizens to resist.
Bear Market’s business aspirations are high and they fly in the face of what came before them. This tendency towards a more locally focused, grass-roots approach is indicative of a trend that is gripping the entire the city. To this extent Bear Market Coffee is right on point and is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.Read More
We’re the type of ladies who need an extra kick in the mornings and are thanking the coffee gods for the opening of Bear Market Coffee in Blackrock village. Owners Stephen Deasy and Ruth Hussey met while studying architecture and, ever resourceful, they turned their noses to coffee beans when the economy turned rough.
Bear Market’s steel bars and copper lamps nod to the duo’s design roots but it’s the smooth Arabica and strong Robusta coffee that is rightfully prized here. Bear Market beans are roasted in Ireland and they are passionate about the rich, rounded taste of a good espresso.
Not to mention the scrumptious supply of carrot cake baked fresh in Pure Bakery just down the road. Yum!
An artisan cafe with strong claims to hipster cool has just staked its claim in one of the most cultivated strongholds of Dublin’s suburban savannah: Blackrock. Their cafe fixtures have been re-purposed from architectural cast-offs made with skeletal steel, copper fixings and base plywood. Signage is scrawled chalk set on tiny blackboards.
Roughly hewn sandwiches rest reassuringly on slate, with trendy snacks beckoning from the exposed brick walls. As you start the purchasing process, a barista-Jedi counsels gently on the coffee roast befitting your current state of mind whilst tapping into the IPad App that (wait for it), IS the cash register. And the cherry on the top? Sitting next to the owners as they tell you their story behind the Tuxedo-ed Bear poster on the wall. / Elish Bul-Godley
Bear Market is shortlisted for the best shop awards for 2014 with the Irish Times, narrowed down to the best 10 shops in Ireland. Not a small feat! With 28,000 nominations it posed a big challenge and was amazing to get so far with only being one year in business!
The Sunday Independent saw Bear Market Feature in a review on couples in Business. Ruth and Stephen have set up two businesses along with getting married all in a year!