Just off the local main street in Littleton Colorado you will find a quaint yellow cottage filled with genuine Irish sweaters, jewelry, foods and many other gifts. The cottage was first opened by founder, Kerreen O’Connor the name stake of this boutique. Her hope was to bring the beautiful culture of Ireland across seas to colorful Colorado, a state with seemingly similar features to parts of the Emerald Isle.
A few years later, her daughter took on the business and invited her school friend, Heather to join the staff at Kerreen O’Connor Irish Boutique. After falling in love with the products and meeting great people, Heather Benedict became owner of the boutique. This May she is celebrating her 9th year at the business. Over her time at Kerreen O’Connor, she has expanded their product range, added to the kilt hire program bringing more stock and outfitting many couples across the Denver area for special events, proms and countless weddings. She has
also traveled to Ireland in order to have more wisdom to share about touring the country.
This year, the boutique was honored to march in the 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time. “It was such a beautiful and exhilarating day! We outfitted the Board of Directors for the parade and we were all able to show the rich heritage of Ireland,” remarked owner Benedict. The events reflect the intention the store was started on, sharing and spreading the Irish heritage.
In mid-April, Kerreen O’Connor Irish boutique will reveal an exciting new remodel of the cottage. With the new shelves, the staff was eager to bring in fresh products, which they traveled to Ireland to research in January. Megan O’Connor said of the experience, “my favorite part was taking a visit to one of our jewelry companies to see how they made the great jewelry we carry. I almost got locked in their safe!” The reveal will definitely be a grand event, one not to miss!
Be sure to call into Kerreen O’Connor Irish Boutique when in Colorado to experience a touch of Ireland in the Rocky Mountains. Don’t forget to ask Heather about her Irish travels. The boutique is open seven days a week and ready to help you learn more about a heritage so dear to them!