behind the scenes
in downtown perth
The wonderful people, who have brought their passions and talents, to downtown perth!
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Tish Giroux is proud of her heritage and has surrounded herself with visible signs of that pride.
“I’m of Irish and Scottish descent and I’ve always loved my roots and where I come from,” says Tish Giroux who grew up on a dairy farm in Donegal near Eganville, Ontario.
For the past 37 years Tish has lived in Lanark County where she and her husband, Gerald, have raised their three sons.
“I had always entertained the notion of opening my own business, but whenever I talked about it, people thought I was crazy,” recalls Tish. “Over time, however, I talked about it so much that my husband finally said: ‘OK put your money with your mouth is.’”
So in April 2009 Tish did just that when she took the plunge and opened the Irish-Scot-Tish Shop in downtown Perth.
“With the recession, I heard a lot of negatives, but my husband was right, it was time for me to jump in and get my feet wet,” she explains. “I decided to start small and see what happens.”
Drawn by the things she loved, Tish stocked a selection of Celtic-themed music and jewelry, Aran jumpers (sweaters), wool blankets, tartan ties, dishes, rugby shirts, Irish caps, some clothing for the wee ones and more, much of which she sourced in Ireland and Scotland.
Tish and Gerald obtained the right to carry and sell the Lanark Highlands tartan and currently stock long ties, table toppers, table runners and sashes.
If Tish doesn’t have a particular item in stock, she can direct her customers to a likely source. Despite receiving requests, Tish has never ventured into the making of kilts.
“It takes many years to learn how to make a kilt,” points out Tish who does keep a list of kilt-makers so she can make recommendations to her customers.
From the outset Tish maintained a guest book in the store which indicated that her customers came from around the world.
These days she says they are really missing the Perth Kilt run which is usually the third Saturday in June. Both Tish and Gerald would like to thank Mary and Terry Stewart and all the volunteers involved in the run for all the joy it brought.
Missing the sound of the Highland pipes, last summer Tish hired two pipers to walk the streets of Perth in order to give them a Celtic feel.
“They were a big hit,” recalls Tish.
One of the things that TIsh is most proud of is the furniture in her shop. It belonged to a gentleman from County Wexford in Ireland who is a good friend of Tish’s family.
It’s obvious that for Tish Giroux her heritage plays an important part in both her life and her business.