THE owner of Kinari Boutique in Kinsale, Guny Patel, has been elected Chairperson of the twon’s Chamber of Tourism and Business.
Guny takes over from Ciaran Fitzgerald, who will continue working with the Chamber committee. She has been working and living in Kinsale since moving here from the UK in 2015. Working in retail since she was 23 years old, she has worked with a number of national and multinational companies over the last 20 years including the largest publishing company in the UK, Demontfort Fine Art as Area Sales Manager for 10 years, managing galleries, organising events and marketing plans, advising independent gallery owners and running successful businesses.
Guny opened Kinari Boutique which specialises in lingerie, swimwear, nightwear, ladies fashion and accessories in April 2016. Since then the boutique has won numerous awards including Underlines (lingerie awards) Finalist for Best Newcomer in 2016 and winning Best Concept Shop Award in 2017 and Finalist for Best Boutique Cork Business Awards 2017.
‘My ambition with the help of a great team around me is to continue improving and promoting Kinsale as a town not only for gourmet but also retail, outdoor activities, ecological programmes and tackling local challenges we all face like parking, litter, recycling, pushing for pedestrianisation of the town centre which I feel would not only improve revenue for local businesses but also create a more cosmopolitan feel.’