Gems has been selling hand-crafted Irish and Celtic
Gifts for over the last 10 years at various festivals and
craft shows along the east coast. Now
visit our new store called
in downtown Milford, Delaware!
Upcoming Festivals for Irish Rose
- Come see us !!!
September 6 - Mispillion
Riverwalk Festival, Milford, Delaware -
Irish Rose will have specials on some
items in front the store's location at
42 North Walnut Street, Milford,
Delaware. This is a really great
festival for families.
September 19, Saturday, September 20,
Sunday, September 21 -Irish
Rose will be exhibiting at the Irish
Weekend in North Wildwood, New Jersey.
Don't miss this really big festival.
November 7 (evening), Saturday, November
8, Sunday, November 9 -Irish
Rose will be exhibiting at the Maryland
Irish Festival in Timonium, Maryland.
Come and do your holiday shopping at the
Irish Rose booth.
Irish Rose is a proud member of the following organizations:
New Castle County Irish Society (Wilmington) www.nccirishsociety.org
Irish Society of Delmarva (Dover) www.irishsode.com
You don't have to be Irish to join these organizations.
Check their websites about membership, events, etc.
Irish Rose will also have membership applications for both organizations at the shop.
Irish Rose has been adding lots of new merchandise:
Delaware Irish T-Shirts, Wedding Gifts, Children's Clothing, Embroidered "Irish Shopping Diva"
and "Irish Beach Babe" Tote Bags, Beach Towels, Small Garden Flags,
Decorative Celtic Stones for Flower Beds, Garden Angel Figurines, Lawn Stakes with a Shamrock which say
"Cead Mile Failte" or Leprechaun Crossing" and Ceramics by Newark, Delaware Artist
We take pride in our own merchandise,
as well as selecting top-quality, hand-crafted items from
other sources in the United States to enhance our offerings.
Our inventory, with an all-Irish or
Celtic theme, includes hand-painted large and small slates
and wooden plaques, framed calligraphy with Irish poetry,
hand-painted glassware, children's dresses, ceramics,
magnets, and a large variety of gift items.
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The Milford Beacon
By Maddy Lauria
Posted Oct. 10, 2013 @ 10:59 am
For 50 years, Tom Sparks showered his
wife Eugenia with red roses for
anniversaries and birthdays, starting
with a single rose when they first
married in 1964 and then a dozen roses
after their children were born.
Even after Tom Sparks passed away in
May, he arranged for his wife to receive
a dozen red roses to celebrate their
upcoming 50th wedding anniversary this
And when they were talking about their
last adventure, taking their
Irish-centered business from festivals
to a storefront, they decided that Irish
Rose would be the perfect name for the
“It is something they had talked about,
and they decided on the name together
for those reasons,” said Tom and Eugenia
Sparks’ daughter-in-law Pat Sparks.
“It’s very important and very symbolic
to her and makes her feel like when she
goes into that store he’s going to be
right there with her.”
Planning to open shop at 42 N. Walnut
St. in the beginning of November,
Eugenia is carrying on their adventure
in a unique setting, as this will be the
only Irish store between Wilmington and
Fenwick, she said.
However, quite a few finishing touches
are needed before the store can open to
the public, including carpeting,
carpentry work, electrical work,
painting and phone lines. Those
interested in learning more about the
business can visit
www.irishrosegiftshop.com to check out
featured products that will be carried
in the Milford store.
Previously, the business travelled to
local festivals selling an array of
hand-crafted Celtic items, including
plaques, calligraphy pieces, glassware
children’s clothes and other decorative
items. Now with a central location,
Eugenia has an opportunity to offer a
new niche to the Milford community.
As a vendor with the Bug & Bud festival,
Eugenia’s unique products caught the
attention of Downtown Milford, Inc.
President Irv Ambrose who encouraged her
to settle down in downtown Milford. With
an array of inventory, and the option of
moderately-priced rent in a location
that seems to be bringing in business,
Eugenia Sparks said opening a store in
Milford fit in perfectly with what she
wanted in a store location.
“This location seemed perfect,
especially because of the green awning,
and it just worked out,” Eugenia said.
“The new store is bitter sweet for me
without my wonderful partner, but I am
excited as well. Sometimes you just get
the feeling that things are meant to
Read more: http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131010/NEWS/131019993#ixzz2iU5C4eW2