Published: Thursday, Mar 10, 2011, 9:11 AM Updated: Thursday, Mar 10, 2011, 9:17 AM
Virginia N. Sherry
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – WEST BRIGHTON – Patty Curry is sanctified with a perceptive eye for all Irish. Her Claddagh Gift Shop on Forest Avenue overflows with an collection of peculiarity items, from excellent china and clear to classical nap sweaters and newsboy caps – all crafted in Ireland, of course.
Gold and argent china valuables fills a prolonged case, and Celtic-style marriage bands are also on display, with additional designs accessible by custom-order.
“Everything in here says Ireland, Irish, or has a shamrock on it,” Mrs. Curry quipped final week.
The store attracts business from all over Staten Island, and offers internal selling during a best: Friendly, well-informed service, prices to fit any pocketbook, and whimsical, as good as elegant, gifts for everyone, from newborns and toddlers to teenagers and grandparents.
Last week, Mary Mauro of West Brighton arrived during a emporium on a mission, explaining to Mrs. Curry that she wanted Irish T-shirts for her “Italian Shamrock” – James Scott Mauro, 3, her initial and usually grandson, whose mother, Jennifer, is Irish – and her good niece, James’ cousin, Jamie Margaret Ianniello, also 3.
The kids were due for a revisit with their relatives to watch Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Parade on Forest Avenue, a day when Mrs. Mauro “makes corned beef and cabbage for a whole family.”
Customers such as Mrs. Mauro pleasure in Irish-themed bibs, socks, and darling T-shirts for infants and toddlers, and Mrs. Curry is energetically available a attainment of a “exquisite” linen and edging christening gowns that she ordered.
APPAREL FOR ALL AGES
Traditional wardrobe includes woolen unisex tam o’shanters in ivory, and a 3 shades of green, from splendid Kelly to low forest, and immature plaid kilts from O’Neil of Dublin, a famous manufacturer located in Copper Alley in a heart of a aged city.
Authentic Irish woolen sweaters operation in distance from 12 months to double extra-large for adults.
The vast batch of Irish-themed sportswear includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.
Retro football (soccer, that is) shirts, done in Ireland, replicate a uniforms that teams wore in ancestral match-ups during a 1920s and 1930s, such as a one emblazoned with Tipperary opposite a front, from Jun 1922, when that group kick Dublin in a championship final.
Women’s conform is also partial of a mix: Scarfs in wool, cashmere, and soothing silk and string blends, and all-wool winter jackets, capes, and vests – now on sale, and value a look.
CRYSTAL AND MORE
Mrs. Curry forked out a preference of stimulating Galway crystal, including vases, glassware, and candlesticks. “It’s allied to Waterford, though not as expensive,” she said. You can also find Royal Tara, Donegal, and shamrock-speckled china from Belleek, an Irish association determined in 1847. “Every Irish residence has some Belleek,” she said.
The emporium carries solid-brass shamrocks, doorway knockers, and St. Bridgid crosses; lead valuables boxes, flasks, and business-card holders; framed Irish photographs and prints; and sensuous woolen throws.
For a kitchen, tea towels, pot holders, and bread baskets lonesome in a shamrock-patterned fabric are tough to resist.
Patty Curry, who grew adult and lives in West Brighton, has dual children and dual grandchildren. She only distinguished a fourth anniversary of her tenure of a singular shop.
Curry’s Claddagh Gift Shop
605 Forest Ave.
Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.