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Brooklyn's Scottish Country Shop relocates

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Debe McCaul, co-owner of the Scottish Country Shop, poses with Scotch Shortbread and teas at the stores new location at S.E. 35th and Powell Boulevard. The “Scottish Country Shop”, sited in Brooklyn at the corner of S.E. 15th and Powell Boulevard for the past five years, has returned to its original location at 3568 S.E. Powell in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, in the space recently occupied by Cricket Wireless.

Sustained construction work nearby on the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail project has significantly impacted business at the Brooklyn location, say owners Rick & Debe McCaul.

The charming traditional shop showcases “all things Scottish”, from tartans and tea towels, and books and music, to jewelry, china, and crystal imprinted with the Scottish thistle. Scottish art prints and foods such as oatmeal, tea, haggis, shortbread, and butterscotch are for sale, and they’ve just gotten in Haggis Potato Crisps.

The shop also offers kilt rentals, bagpipes and Scottish clan crests. “We are Portland’s only source of bagpipes and supplies, and the northwest’s largest supplier of tartan products,” proudly asserts owner Debe McCaul.

In addition to sundry Scottish products, the shop is also a valuable link to pipe bands, Highland games, Celtic dancing, and a resource for Scottish clans and societies. Information on Highland games and competitions, such as the Portland Highland Games held July 20 at Mt. Hood Community College, can be accessed online at: www.scottishcountryshop.com – or call the shop at 503/238-2528.