We sat down with MacCartney & Creed Shoes owner Kathy Creed to see what she likes best about the Downs and surrounds …

What do you like most about the Downs region?
I love the friendly people in all the welcoming communities across the Downs including those that visit the store from all walks of life.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired every day by my parents who taught me the ropes of small business ownership and the importance of supporting local businesses.

Favourite foodie haunt in the Downs region?
If you are looking for great coffee, delicious food and a spectacular view, you cannot go past the Chocolate Cottage at the Village Green, Highfields. And, recently I have discovered the beautiful Rosalie House Winery at Meringandan.

This summer, I will be spending more time …
Embracing more pilates which I cannot live without, and focusing on the big picture for family and business. My big goal for summer is to build the online sales for our new website.

The best way to unwind after a busy week?
Sitting on my back deck, with a grandchild or five, and watching the king parrots always makes me happy (and a large glass of red wine)!

Ultimate holiday destination?
The Isle of Man between Great Britain and Ireland has always been a dream for us — one that will be coming true in 2019.