Ciara's Irish Shop
Nestled in Old Town is Ciara’s Irish Shop, located at Second and E Streets.
The business is a destination spot for customers from all over the U.S. Opened in 1978,the original store carried primarily hand-knit Irish Fisherman sweaters. Eventually, other merchandise which included kilts, cashmere and wool capes and other clothing, food items and small souvenirs was available and this made it almost exclusively an Irish shop. Over time, select merchandise from other countries was added, including Geiger of Austria (boiled wool coats and jackets with matching accessories) and unusual items from Australia (possum sweaters and scarves) plus fine wool blankets from England and Scotland, and other items from Wales, Denmark, and Canada.
In 2004, the store’s General Manager CC O’ Brien Cree bought the business and renamed it Ciara’s Irish Shop. Ciara is CC’s youngest daughter’s middle name. CC further enhanced the store’s selection by including high quality clothing from around the world. This includes merchandise from St. James from France, Magashoni of Italy, and Dale of Norway. Ciara’s Irish Shop is now nationally regarded as the premier source for exquisite men’s and women’s clothing, finest quality blankets, throws, accessories, including Solvar jewelry, Heathergems (beautiful and unusual brooches, earrings, and other items made from the stems of heather) as well as fine fragrances. Ciara’s is also the place to find highest quality Irish teas, Scottish shortbread, small linens such as linen handkerchiefs, and other select gift items.
CC ventured into being a local business owner because she loved what she was doing and her family background included running a business.” My dad was self employed most of my life and I was trained by my parents to run businesses so this was natural for me.”
CC feels one of the challenges of owning a business in today's economy, especially in Humboldt, is trying to keep the locals shopping here while still having a solid tourist business. CC deals with this by “molding my business to serve the local community and to give as much back to the community as I can. It has been a tough economic atmosphere for the last 3 1/2 to 4 years but I always keep quality my number one priority in the shop”.
CC has made many lifelong friends through the shop. She moved here from Willows, California in 1987. “ I do believe I have some of the most wonderful customers and feel very blessed to have decided to move to, settle, raise my family here Humboldt County”.
CC is involved with Humboldt Sponsors and Rotary and is a member of "the Ladies of Second Street". The ladies are all Old Town business owners. They donate 5% of all their sales for the first week of December to local charities. CC donates regularly to churches, schools, organizations and a variety of local causes because she believes in giving back to the community.
From more information, call (707) 443-0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and also check out the store’s Facebook page.