Our story started in November 1991 when Joan Lucey opened a small book shop in Macroom, County Cork. Following a move to Bridge Street in Cork city, Vibes and Scribes soon carved a niche for itself. Joan focused on supplying her customers with good quality bargain books and she also dealt in second hand books. As the support for Vibes and Scribes on Bridge Street grew, Joan was prompted to open another shop on Lavitts Quay, also in Cork City. She decided to try out some arts and crafts supplies to complement the books and the rest is history!
In 2011 Vibes and Scribes received the ‘Small to Medium Business of the Year’ award from the Cork Business Association and we were also shortlisted for the Bord Gais Irish Bookshop of the Year awards. In 2015, Vibes and Scribes received the Cork Retailer of the Year award from the Cork Chamber of Commerce.
Vibes and Scribes, at 3 Bridge Street, Cork, is one of the largest retailers for craft supplies, art supplies, wool, fabric, haberdashery, and upholstery supplies in Ireland. Located in the heart of Cork City, Vibes and Scribes is one of a kind in Ireland as it focuses not just on one type of craft supply but encompasses the wide range of DIY possibilities.