Kansas City source for Irish merchandise going out of business

June 26, 2018 - 7:03 am

After more than 30 years in business, two Kansas City merchants have decided to retire.

Sheehan's Irish Imports has been in business since 1985.

The store started in the home of the late Peggy Sheehan, expanding to Westport, then, three years ago to Gregory and Oak. 

"It's really hard for brick-and-mortars now to stay in business," said Katy Sheehan-Morris, who owns the store with her sister Molly. "It looks like the future shoppers are not going to the brick-and-mortars, they're getting everything online."

The doors close for good on Saturday. Katy knows they will leave a void for Irish merchandise.

"There are people who depend on us for wedding gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, Father's Day, Mother's Day," Katy said. "Christmas is really much, much bigger than St. Patrick's Day."

The sisters say they will spend time at their lake properties and reconnect with friends and family. A portion of what is not sold will go to local charities.

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