Linen & Latte
“It’s all about supporting local when you can.”
An interview with Linen & Latte’s Teresa Murray
Linen & Latte is a family-run lifestyle store based in Glengormley, Northern Ireland. After celebrating a very special birthday recently, store owner Teresa Murray was full of energy and ready for a good catch up about her journey to setting up the store and all things indie business.
Linen & Latte first began as a shop and cafe back in 2015, but since 2020 - as a result of Covid-19 and new requirements - has fully shifted to retail. It was initially daunting to close down the cafe as it was one of the most successful parts of the business - but being able to fully focus on products has given the retail part of the business a chance to really thrive. Linen & Latte has become somewhat of a destination store for giftware and homeware.
Teresa firmly believes in high quality products and tries to source as sustainably as possible; she also loves deep diving and finding really special brands for the store. She gave us a virtual spin of the shop and it was packed to the brim with gifts, home products, fashion, beauty products and much much more. We were amazed by the number of rooms and how much of a selection there was in the store.
One of Teresa’s favourite things about owning a store is getting to meet new people. She said, “We love it when someone comes in for the first time and is blown away by what’s in here!”
Of course, Linen & Latte wasn’t Teresa’s first creative adventure.
She told us about her foray into sewing and DIY which started way back when she was a punk in the ‘70s (pictured above)!
“I always marched to the beat of my own drum.”
This passion for making can be seen in-store where she has created gorgeous shoulder bags and sourced high quality fashion garments.
Having become a proficient seamstress, Teresa eventually made her own wedding dress (pictured below) which led to her setting up a wedding boutique store.
After this, she continued working within the retail space at Laura Ashley and Fired Earth where her love for interior objects was born.
Travel can be a great source of inspiration and the seaside city of Brighton has been a big influence for Teresa with its vast array of independent boutiques and people’s passion for locally made goods. Linen & Latte boasts a wide range of brands and some of those that caught our eye were Elä, Plum & Ashby and Sevin. You could almost set up a spa in your house with a range of these products!
Also - foliage! Whilst we were catching up with Teresa there were some very pretty bouquets being created nearby by her co-worker Bridget “B”.
When it comes to gift ranges for Christmas and other special occasions, gifts for men can sometimes be an afterthought in stores, and so Teresa has specially curated a range of design-led gifts for men including lighting and speakers.
On My Block, we love a good recommendation or two and these are a few of Teresa’s local faves:
- Hair at No.11 and Nesbitt’s butchers in Glengormley
- Peel Fashion and Folklore on Bloomfield Avenue
- Two Sisters on Ardenlee Avenue
- FLAX Coffee on the Falls Road
- LNV on the Lisburn Road
We asked Teresa what businesses she’d love to see set up in Glengormley in the future:
Her answer: A New York style deli! When she visited Eataly in New York, her jaw dropped at the range of fresh produce on offer and she would love to see something like this in the heart of Glengormley. She also loves fashion and would like to see an independent ladieswear boutique and wool shop in the neighbourhood. Glengormley “wanna”-preneurs, you’ve been advised!
And finally, Teresa’s tip for savvy shoppers this Christmas and beyond:
“We can all make small changes - it’s all about balance.”
The thought behind this is: though it may not be possible for everyone to shop at independent stores, if you are able to, why not swap out a mass-retail product for an independent one on your shopping list? - it all starts to add up and make a difference to your local business ecosystem.
You can visit Linen & Latte in Glengormley or online on linenandlatte.com