NOW OPEN: IB Family Turns Scottish Heritage into Successful Business!
May 30, 2020 09:54PM
By Paul Spear
11-3 Monday - Friday;
10-6 on Saturday and
11-4 on Sunday.
Imperial Beach Family, the Locke's, have turned their Scottish Heritage into Successful Business! The Celtic Corner, located in Coronado, has been successfully run by the Family for over 20 years now!
The Logan Family came to America 50+ years ago from Scotland and has used their Scottish Heritage to build a successful business in Coronado originally known as Scottish Treasures. This business has been family owned and operated for 30 years and features a treasure trove of items imported from Scotland and Ireland. Most of these items can’t be found anywhere else in the U.S. I was told by the store owner, Tricia Logan-Locke. Tricia has lived in Imperial Beach for 20 years while running the family business.
Marjorie and Jim Logan first opened Scottish Treasures in 1998 at the Ferry Landing and then moved the shop onto Orange Avenue almost 8 years ago and officially renamed the store Celtic Corner. The store is now run solely by their daughter Tricia Logan-Locke.
The business originally started out as everything Scottish but now it’s stock is close to 50% Irish according to the owner. Tricia started working full time in the store in 2000. “I ran a legal firm and left my whole career to help.” She travels to Scotland and Ireland with her mum every few years to find new products for the store. They also attend the Irish gift shows in Chicago and occasionally New Jersey.
One of the things Tricia loves to do at the store is helping her customers look for their roots and heritage. If you are looking for your family history or coat of arms, framed printouts can be purchased at the store. Tricia said that when customers look for a tartan, she researches their last name. “It’s fun. Sometimes people think they are Irish, but they are Scottish. If you trace it back enough you find the family went over to Scotland from Ireland. They call themselves Scot-Irish,” she said. As a matter of fact, Tricia was born in Scotland but told me her birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day.
This entire year the shop has been celebrating it’s 20 years in Coronado. On October 10, they will participate in the 10th Annual Taste of Coronado. Tickets are available for purchase at Taste of Coronado. The shop will be serving up haggis and mash and a wee dram or homemade Shortbread! Tickets are $40 through September 15th, $45 September 16th-October 9th and $50 Day of event.
On November 23 the store will celebrate with its annual open house which includes food, entertainment, and a special in-store sale. Other plans for the end of the year include Saturday entertainment with music and Christmas carols. Dates and performers to be announced soon.
So, if you’re looking for a unique or special gift to give someone, Celtic Corner is a store you will want to be sure to check out.
Celtic Corner/Scottish Treasures is located at 916 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118. You can visit them on Facebook at Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner or on Instagram or twitter use ScotIrishShop. Or visit the website at www.CelticCorner.NET
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Paul Spear, Editor, DigImperialBeach.com