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It wasn’t long after we joked that Stephen Donnelly’s old Carraige House HQ might just become Greystones’ 100th coffee shop that we spotted the mighty Sinan from Las Tapas sizing the place up.

Jump forward six weeks, and there he is again, working diligently as the pokey little office rooms are transformed into one light, bright and ultra-white room.

Hardly surprising, given that Sinan clearly has the eye for interior design, as anyone who has wiled away a few hours in Las Tapas will tell you. More importantly, his good lady wife, Yvonne, has been having a not-so-secret love affair with fashion from a very early age, bringing it to bloom in 2013 when she opened Designer Xchange in Emily House on Trafalgar Road. When the landlord sold the premises in 2017, Yvonne went on the hunt for “somewhere a little different, a little special”.

And that’s when Stephen Donnelly celebrated his longed-for move into Government by getting the hell out of Greystones.

“This place looked very different back then,” laughs Yvonne, as she gets the place ready for opening day. “That said, I knew that we could make something amazing here. Thankfully, my husband felt the same way. And so, Y & Co was born. I’m the Y; Sinan’s the Co…”

Deciding to stock clothes that are just a cut above your usual ladies fashion shop fare, Yvonne even managed to secure 3 major Italian labelsH2O Italia, Love & Divine and Perspective – along with fashion house Sisters Point, Portuguese jewellers Anartxy and Italian shoemakers Marco Moreo.

Opening on Friday, September 18th, we cornered the camera-shy young Yvonne to find out a little more about how she got from there all the way to here…

Opening Friday, September 18th, Y & Co boutique’s hours are 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, 2pm to 6pm Sundays. You can find out more on Facebook here, or get in touch directly on 0872439098 or yvonneosan@gmail.com.