The Kerry Cottage has been a mainstay of Maplewood for 25 years. It takes its name from Kerry County, Ireland where owner Maura Lawlor’s grandparents came from. The Irish themed shop started when Maura and her mother convinced their father, who owned the building and ran a small office in it, to let them open up a small Irish themed shop in the part of the building that he wasn’t using. The Kerry Cottage was born and grew quickly while her father’s office was continually allocated to a smaller and smaller portion of the building. Eventually the Kerry Cottage took over the whole building and completed the Irish theme by putting thatching on the roof.
The Kerry Cottage has everything Irish including clothes & jewelry. Maura tests out all clothes she sells on herself to make sure that the materials meet her high standards of quality before selling them at the Kerry Cottage. Maura has her own clothing line: the St. Louis Irish which she designs, embroiders, or screen prints herself.
Another shop favorite is the Tara’s Diary bracelets. These charm bracelets tell the story of an Irish girl. In the shop they have a signup book where you can make a wish list of charms for your friends and family to come in and pick out the right charms for your gift.
The Kerry Cottage has been a strong business in Maplewood, be sure to check them out for anything Irish that you desire. The Kerry Cottage is located at 2119 South Big Bend Boulevard. Call them at (314) 647-0166 or check them out at www.kerrycottage.com.