When Blarney Bros first opened around 20 years ago, cigars were their nom de plum. The late Jeff Ringulet, along with his business partners Mike Patrick and his brother Dennis, opened it with that specific demographic in mind. The shop struggled as a new business, and soon Ringulet took over sole ownership of the shop and expanded it to include cigarettes as well.
“We were fighting to keep it going,” said Nolan Ringulet, son and current employee of Blarney Bros. “And that’s why my dad wanted to start bringing in other products.”
It started with just cigarettes and tobacco. “Business picked up a lot,” he said.
Over time, they started adding drinks, coffee, an espresso machine, and even a drive thru.
With the two building split into separate ownership, the Ringulets eventually took over sole ownership of the entire building and down came the wall that separated the two businesses.
The other side became a deli, which, according to Ringulet, was the dream of his late father.
When his father passed, the deli was shut down shortly thereafter, and a vacancy sprouted.
And so the mini market was born.
“I figured we’d expand it,” Ringulet said, “get some milk and eggs and stuff for people.” As of Tuesday, June 25, Blarney Bros is fully stocked; candy, beer, beef jerky, chips, cookies, coffee, an automotive section, milk, lunch meats, energy drinks, microwave foods, breakfast items; you name it, they have it.
“I would say it’s a family business,” he said. “It’s been me and my dad working here all of my life.”
Blarney Bros is currently open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays.