avanaugh's County Celtic and Beyond opened in Butte, Montana in a small three-room house on November 20, 2001.
Within five weeks we were eyeing new locations to place our expanding inventory. A lovely building in Historic Uptown Butte was chosen and we closed the small shop and opened the expanded version on Feb. 11, 2002 in time to receive customers on St. Patrick's Day.
We chose a Celtic theme although it is decidedly Irish. At the turn of the 20th Century, Butte had nearly 100,000 people, which held in it the largest population of Irish west of Boston, so Irish seemed the perfect fit.
We have invested 35 years of retail experience and savings in Butte, in our heritage and our history with the hopes of bringing all of these topics alive again on the shelves of a little Irish shop.