THIS MONDAY (January 25) will mark St Dwynwen’s Day, the day celebrating the patron saint of love in Wales, and local shops across Carmarthenshire have their products at the ready.
At Carmarthen indoor market a range of gifts are available for a significant other this St Dwywen’s Day. Various stalls are selling gifts made locally including perfume, jewellery, clothing and many more ideas that may not be found anywhere else.
Councillor David Jenkins, who is Carmarthenshire Council’s executive board member and also responsible for the indoor market, said: “It’s great to see more people are celebrating St Dwynwen’s Day. There are some great products available to buy in the market, and by doing so you will be supporting a local, independent business.”
The indoor market is also the go to place if you and your partner are intending to indulge in a romantic meal over the weekend as it houses stalls which offer a fantastic selection of local produce including fresh fish, steaks, seafood, as well as wine, spirits, and desserts.
Elsewhere in the county, a family-run shop owned by Benedict and Sarah Vaughan-Morris in Llandeilo called ‘The Little Welsh Dresser’ are selling a range of locally Welsh made items for St Dwynwen’s Day. Some of the items sold include traditional Welsh Love Spoons created by Aquila, as well as other products that hold Welsh phrases such as cards that say ‘Rwy’n Dy Garu Di’ (I love you in Welsh).
The Little Welsh Dresser is run by the 4th generation of Benedict’s family; it was first bought by his great grandparents in 1905 who used it as a tobacconist, before the shop became a health food shop way ahead of its time. The shop was then rented out to different wine bars, before becoming an Indian restaurant. After getting married in Llandeilo in 2013, the married couple restored the over a 100 year-old building to sell local Welsh products to this day.
Saint Dwynwen is Wales’ own patron saint of love, whose names translates to “she who leads a blessed life” in English.