Failte has teamed up with other local coffee shops to encourage our loyal coffee customers to be disloyal. Visit all coffee shops on the disloyalty card and get your last one free. #lexcoffeetrail
Failte has been serving coffee for just over a year. We have gained a lot of new customers because of our great tasting coffee! It makes us feel great to help support other local businesses.
Stop by and pick up your DISLOYALTY card today!
Stop in during July’s Gallery HOP for pictures, words and a bit of the brogue!
Join Failte Irish Shop at the Spiders Well at McCarthy’s as we highlight the work of some of our favorite artists — author James Nicholson and photographer Sive Doyle.
Stop by Friday, July 15 between 6pm - 9pm to meet James and Sive. The Spiders Well is located next to McCarthy’s Irish Bar, at 117 S. Upper Street in downtown Lexington.
Author James Nicholson grew up on a horse farm in Lexington and attended the University of Kentucky. His first book "The Kentucky Derby" won the Kentucky History Award, and his second book, "Never Say Die" was a finalist for the Kentucky Literary Award for non-fiction. He practices law in Lexington, teaches in the Honors Program at UK, and lives in Versailles with his wife and two young sons.
Photographer Sive Doyle is originally from Dublin, Ireland, but has called Kentucky home for the past 20 years. She spent 17 years working in the Kentucky thoroughbred industry and left it to start her own photography business three years ago. Sive specializes in equine, family, and children's photography and in her spare time loves to photograph wildlife and nature.
Failte Irish Shop has been a destination for the Irish community for the last 14 years. Lexington’s first stop for everything Irish, Failte offers a wide variety of food, clothing, jewelry, and gifts from its cozy location on South Upper Street. We’ll have extended hours during Gallery Hop so you can stop in, visit, and take home some Irish treats.
On June 10th 2016 I will be celebrating 20 years of living in the Bluegrass. I came here for just 3 weeks. Yep there is a story there! There are lots of Irish living in the Bluegrass state and I'm lucky enough to deliver Irish goods to their door which normally means driving onto a beautiful farm! This week while I was delivering the goods from my shop I slowed down and looked around and I'm happy to share some photos of these amazing farms and the animals who live there! One is American pharoah....now you don't see him everyday unless your lucky enough to be IRISH living in Kentucky!
In July we started to sever tea, scones and coffee in our little shop. People always like to come in for a chat and why not serve up something warm or cold and yummy to keep the conversation going! It's been fun and successful. So when your downtown stop in for a cuppa and a chat!
Get 14% off all day and starting at 6pm join us for Irish Coffees and snacks. Music and Irish dancers will start at 7pm. THANK YOU for 14 great years!!
Join us on September 17th for our first ever ladies night! It also happens to be half way to St. Patricks Day. We will have shop specials, drink specials at McCarthy's, pre book your hat for the Breeders cup and the Ireland trip winner announced. All this is happening at Failte. Join us onSeptember 17th at 7.30pm for a fun free evening! Failte will have some vino, some nibbles, beauty experts from DIOR to do makeup and advise on beauty. It's going to be fun fun FUN!
Stop by and see Failte's new loveliness! Get a cuppa and have a chat!
At Failte we want to give our cappuccino a little bit of Irish too! So when you order one don't be surprised to see some Cadbury's sprinkled on top accompanied by a Bewley's biscuit! YUM!
I have always wanted to have a tearoom but never really had the space to do it. Also things were going well with having an Irish import shop so why rock the boat? Well with the economy and with the hole in the center of Downtown Lexington I have found the need to stir things up a bit and try new things. We are now serving a proper cup of Irish tea and lovely coffee from Magic Bean roasters. We hope you stop in soon and enjoy a cuppa!
As she prepares to celebrate the 13th anniversary of opening Fáilte Irish Imports, Dublin native Liza Hendley Betz feels as if the luck of the Irish has been replaced by the curse of downtown redevelopment.
For the first eight years after she opened her shop in 2001, Hendley's business prospered on South Limestone, just off the corner of High Street.
Betz's bread and butter was selling Irish bread and butter — plus sausages, Bewley's tea, Batchelor's canned beans, Cadbury's sweets and other comfort food from home to the Emerald Isle's large expatriate community in Central Kentucky. She also did a good business in Irish tweeds, Celtic jewelry and souvenirs.
Then, with two weeks' warning, South Limestone was shut down for 11 months for a major street reconstruction project.
Her business struggled, but she was able to move in early 2010 to her dream location: beside McCarthy's Irish Bar on South Upper Street. But the old red-and-green building also was across the street from the stalled CentrePointe project, which was then a grassy field.
"This is where I always wanted to be," Betz said of the close proximity to McCarthy's, a social center for the Irish community where she used to serve drinks.
As for CentrePointe, she figured, "I'll deal with it when it happens. It can't be any worse than what happened before."
Or could it? Last December, all of the street parking across from her shop was closed after CentrePointe's developer got city permission to begin blasting and excavation.
The street was a noisy, dusty mess for most of this year as the CentrePointe block was converted into a 40-foot limestone pit. Then everything stopped. Developer Dudley Webb is now trying to raise money to build an underground garage.
To make matters worse, the block of North Upper Street above Fáilte has been closed for months so the old First National Bank Building can be renovated into 21C Museum Hotel.
"This used to be a busy intersection," she said. "You can go out here now and do a dance in the middle of the street. It's hard these days to keep a business going with all this around you."
Betz has rented a single parking space beside her shop, which has made it more convenient for customers to stop in for quick purchases.
Like many retailers, Fáilte's prime season is between Thanksgiving and New Year's, not just for gift items but because Irish Americans want food from home for their holiday celebrations.
On Dec. 12, the shop will celebrate its 13th anniversary with a 10 percent off sale, plus a party with Guinness beer, souvenir glasses and Irish music next door at McCarthy's between 7 and 9 p.m.
Betz said she needs a big December, although her holiday season will extend to St. Patrick's Day on March 17. She recently became a United States citizen, so she also is thinking about something special for next July 4 — if she can keep the doors open that long.
"It's the worst time we've ever had," said Betz, whose husband is a horse veterinarian. She minds the shop while caring for their two small children.
Like any good entrepreneur, Betz has been looking for ways to broaden her business beyond food and gifts. She has organized annual tours of Ireland, and she's looking to use her Irish expertise to grow the travel business. She also is thinking about clearing some space in the tiny shop for a couple of tables to serve tea.
"I know I need to change things up a bit," she said. "But I'm afraid to put money into anything right now."
Betz also knows that, in the long run, she will have a great location when 21C opens and whatever ends up being built at CentrePointe is finished. But, as the famous saying goes, people don't eat in the long run.
"I'm in the middle of downtown," she said. "Who would think this is a bad location?"
Tom Eblen: (859) 231-1415. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @tomeblen. Blog: tomeblen.bloginky.com
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We are having a ring sale just in time for Christmas. Select sterling sliver Celtic rings are only $25.00. Come in now and don't be disappointed if your size and favourite ring is gone!
We are having some great deals at Failte these days!
All gold jewelry is 50% off. All these unique designs are all Celtic related. The Claddagh meaning love, friendship and loyalty. The Trinity knot meaning the three holy spirits. The Celtic knot meaning eternal love. Just to mention a few.
Please let me know if you have any questions we love hearing from you.
All the best.
I started the shop in 2001 with the idea of sausages and we have grown so much in the last 13 years. We are far more than just a shop. We are the Irish community! Not to praise ourselves too much. What we help do is a lot more than selling Irish goods. We got involved in the St. Patrick’s Day parade 6 years ago and we helped add a festival that has grown nearly as big as July 4th. We are very involved in The Kentucky Rose Center. We are on the committee that helps find girls from around Kentucky and send them to The Rose of Tralee. We founded the Lexington Celtic association that meets the 1st Thursday of every month for an Irish culture evening. With free Irish dance lessons from the Kentucky McTeggart Irish dancers and music by Liam Fancy!
Right now we are finding business a little tough. There is a lot of construction where we are and it’s hard to get to us. You really have to want too! We have a parking spot beside our shop which helps a little. We will find a way to hang in here till it’s all done! But we are in desperate need for the Irish community to help support a local business!
Thank you all so very much
Hope to see you soon.
Every October we take a trip to Ireland. It's always a nice small group and our drivers are outstanding. The hotels we stay in are top notch and the places we visit are amazing.
Below are pictures of some of the places we will visit this year.
For more info visit out TRIP page or give us a call we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 859 381 1498.
Trip deposit is due July 1st and final payment is due August 1st