Tricia Logan-Locke and her family have been a part of the Coronado landscape for over 25 years in what locals and tourists know as Celtic Corner Scottish Treasures.
Marjorie and Jim Logan first opened Celtic Corner in 1998 at Ferry Landing and moved to the current location on Orange Avenue in 2012. Logan-Locke took over ownership responsibilities in 2015 after being a constant fixture at the store with her parents from a young age.
Now it’s time to say goodbye to this treasure in Coronado because Logan-Locke and her husband Mike Locke are retiring and the store will close its doors at the end of 2021. “We will be moving to Scotland when we close the shop,” said Logan-Locke. “It wasn’t what we originally planned to do but I was born there and have always wanted to return and live there.”
When Celtic Corner ends its reign, there will be an empty space where unique teddy bears, jewelry, and beautiful custom kilts used to be. “Our customers are shocked and disappointed about us closing the store,” said Logan-Locke. “But I promise they will be excited about the new items we will continue to sell on our website and the ability to have our kilts custom made and fitted for them as well”.
Celtic Corner was almost lost to its loyal band of patrons in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic when they had to close for eight weeks.
“We were forced to reinvent the store and change the way we do things,” said Logan-Locke. “We were fortunate enough to receive funds from the county that had to be used to improve the business and that’s exactly what we did.”
Logan-Locke used the time to rebuild their website, improve her kilt business and add some videos from Facebook to the website so customers could stay involved with their products. “Even though people were stuck at home, they were still shopping,” said Logan-Locke.
Even though Logan-Locke is ready for retirement and the excitement of a new life in her native Scotland, her mother Marjorie Logan doesn’t share the same feelings.
“My mom is devastated about the closing,” said Logan-Locke. “It has been part of our family for so long and has been all she has known, especially since my dad passed away five years ago. [Running the store] is a lot of work for my mom now and there was just no way to keep the store opened once we decided to leave.”
The good news for the Celtic Corner fan base is that items will still continue to be available on their website even though the friendly faces will be operating out of beautiful Loch Lomond Scotland where her parents had a place for 30 years. “Our custom kilts will still be available and can be ordered through our website, and we will have someone in Coronado to custom measure our clients,” said Logan-Locke. “I am excited to be in Scotland where I can find unique things to bring to our web store and beautiful fabrics for our kilts that are a connection to our roots.”
The official closing of Celtic Corner will be Dec. 31, 2021. Part of that celebration will be a toast to the Scottish New Year at 4 p.m. Markdowns are already taking place at the store and they plan to sell as much of their inventory as possible. There will be new sales items each week for customers and a fixture sale at the beginning of January.
“We are not planning a blowout sale,” said Logan-Locke, “just spending these last few weeks enjoying being in the store and seeing our customers most of whom we have known for a lifetime.”
Aside from having the ability to order beautiful Celtic Corner items from your computer, Logan-Locke will also be keeping up with her journey through a blog she has created on the website. “I hope our customers will follow the blog and look for an additional website we plan to start once we settle in Scotland. We have always gone out of our way for our customers and we plan to do the same from our new location”.
Retirement is not an easy plan when you have spent a lifetime loving what you do, having passion for what you sell and thinking of your customers as family.
“My husband keeps telling me I am going to learn how to do this,” said Logan-Locke. “We can travel, relax, and mom and family will visit. Retirement is in the eyes of the beholder but no matter what it looks like, it is sad to think about the ending of an incredible journey yet exciting to think about the future.”
For those of us left behind, we can keep up with the Celtic Corner blog and the new and exciting items they will through their remote store at www.celticcorner.net.
“We will miss everyone in the Coronado community and our customers near and far,” said Logan-Locke. “Come visit us in Scotland and I’ll make us some tea and scones.”
Celtic Corner Scottish Treasures is located at 916 Orange Avenue, 619-435-1880, hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.