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Coronado’s Celtic Corner Celebrates 20 Years In Business

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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 4:55 pm

Whether you love Scottish or Irish items Celtic Corner Scottish Treasures has something for everyone with interesting items for all ages.

Scottish couple Marjorie and Jim Logan first opened the store at the Ferry Landing in 1998 and seven years ago they moved it onto Orange Avenue. The couple’s daughter Tricia Locke took over the reins of the store in 2014 and Marjorie is still actively involved and knits baby items.

Locke recently returned from a gift show in Ireland where she ordered many new products that are starting to come in, like silk and linen ponchos with Irish designs and pashmina scarves with Celtic knots.

Celtic Corner offers a variety of jewelry including the Boru brand from Ireland which makes engagement and wedding rings. Another line of jewelry called Grange has been very popular. “We have tripled our order…it has a good price point,” she said of the line. The jewelry choices include a variety of traditional Claddagh rings.

Celtic Corner, which is now the only Scottish and Irish store left in Southern California, has seen a surge in interest in kilts - whether customers are buying or renting them. The store carries all that’s needed for a complete kilt outfit with jackets, ties, sporrans, dirks and more.

The store was featured in the June-July 2018 issue of “San Diego Style Weddings” magazine where the bride and groom sported items from the store. While kilts are popular for weddings Locke said there are a few families that use theirs for Christmas photos every year.

Other interesting items are father and son matching rugby shirts, Irish themed baby clothes and scarves, handbags from the “Outlander” Tv show, women’s knitted jackets and coats, Westies inspired pursed, and children’s kilts. In addition to clothing, there are many gift items for sale like Irish bone china, a new line of handbags from Ireland and even a Claddagh door knocker. In the back of the store Locke has an area dedicated to food from England with a variety of teas, biscuits and other treats.

Locke enjoys talking to customers who come in the store looking for their family tartan. “They get very excited when they find it,” she said. If a customer has an uncommon last name, Locke checks on the tartan authority website to find it. Last year she had two customers who special ordered their family tartan, since they are not easily available which cost up to $1,000. The tartans had to be specially made for them.

Celtic Corner also sells bears dressed in kilts as well as dolls. The bears in fact were part of the original business started by the Logans in 1989 they called Logan Bearies. The Logans first started selling the teddy bears dressed in typical Scottish attire at the Scottish Highland Games. Before the Logans opened the store in Coronado customers who knew about their business asked to go to their house to see the merchandise. “We used to have an annual open house, then they decided opening a shop would be the way to go,” said Locke of her parents. “We took the plunge and it so happened there was a store at the Ferry Landing available,” said Marjorie Logan. The bears continue to be sold at the store and make a nice gift for people of all ages and as keepsakes for babies.

The Scottish Highland Games are still a big tradition for Celtic Corner and Locke attends 12 a year to sell her products, traveling not just within California but as far as Colorado, Utah and Arizona.

The Logans who are from Scotland honeymooned in Ireland and their daughter Tricia was born just nine month and a few days later on Saint Patrick’s Day. “I was born in Scotland but my name is Irish,” she said. As it turns out her mother had chosen the name Patricia without knowing her daughter would be born on St. Patrick’s Day.

Locke started working with her parents 30 years ago with the bears business while she worked at a law firm during the week. In 2000 she became a constant presence and in 2014 she took over.

With St. Patrick Day just a few days away Celtic Corner has many fun items for sale to help celebrate that day - from shamrock sunglasses to fun t-shirts and green top hats.

Locke believes in excellent customer service. “We have happy customers. If there is anything that goes wrong we fix it,” she said. Case in point when she was in Ireland recently she and her mom flew to Scotland for the day to do some shopping and brought with them a kilt from a local customer to be dropped off and repaired. “I’ll go out of my way to make sure the kilt problem was fixed,” she said.

Locke is the chairman of the board of the Irish Congress of Southern California and for the second year she will oversee the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Diego. She will also have a booth at Tartan Day at the House of Scotland in Balboa Park on Apr. 6.

Celtic Corner, 916 Orange avenue. Call 619-435-1880 or log on www.CelticCorner.net

Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10:30-6 p.m.

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