Olivia’s Haven enjoys scent of success with new Belfast store opening

And in second boost to specialist retailing, boutique Maven extends opening hours to include Sunday

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Olivia Burns, founder of Olivia’s Haven, which has opened a Belfast store

Home fragrance brand Olivia’s Haven has opened a second Northern Irish store, creating five jobs in the process.

The 600 sq ft outlet in the heart of the bustling Belmont Road in east Belfast will showcase the brand’s entire range of candles, diffusers, wax melts and room sprays.

It is the home-grown company’s second bricks-and-mortar retail location following the success of its Coleraine store which opened in March 2023.

As well as in-store, its range of sustainable home fragrance products is also available via the brand’s website and in luxury department stores Brown Thomas and Arnotts.

Olivia’s Haven ( was founded in 2020 by Olivia Burns after she took voluntary redundancy from her role at a medical technology company due to the pandemic.

Since then it has continued to generate strong sales in the UK, Republic and US markets in addition to a loyal customer base across Northern Ireland.

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Independent Belfast interiors boutique Maven founders, sisters, Catherine and Patricia McGinnis (YOU THEM US/YOU THEM US)

Meanwhile in a separate boost to specialist retailing, independent Belfast interiors boutique Maven has extended its opening hours to meet growing consumer demand for Sunday shopping.

Founded by sisters Catherine and Patricia McGinnis in 2013, Maven is located in the landmark former Bank of Ireland building on Belfast’s Lisburn Road and features an eclectic collection of contemporary homewares & furniture, sourced from some of Europe’s leading interiors brands.

The move to open on Sundays comes just ahead of the first anniversary of the brand’s move to its new flagship Lisburn Road store, which falls in early July.

Catherine McGinnis, co-founder of Maven (, said: “We are seeing an increase in trade from the south of Ireland, with these customers very much focused on weekend visits, so opening on Sundays will help us to accommodate customers visiting Belfast for the weekend.”