After 66 years in business, Calnan’s Card and Gift Shop will be closing its doors. Providing gifts and cards for generations of South Bostonians from First Communions to anniversaries to birthdays, Calnan’s had everything from jewelry to Irish knit sweaters. It was a part of the business landscape of South Boston for decades and we are sad to see it go.
History of Calnan’s:
Charlie and Helen Calnan, (aunt and uncle of recent owner Joe Calnan), established Calnan’s in 1948. Charlie started by selling religious goods out of the trunk of his car.
By 1951 they were able to purchase the present store, which then housed a lending library, bakery, and card game room. They also operated a store on West Broadway next to Pober’s – a popular childrens clothing store back in the day.
The East Broadway store was in continuous operation by the same family for over 60 years.
Best of luck to Joe Calnan and his family!
Roza Lyons now stand where Calnan’s once did. You can still see the plaque right in front.
You can read Mrs. Calnan’s obituary here.