0.9 min readBy Published On: April 25th, 2014Categories: News2 Comments on Sign of the times: We will miss you, Calnan’s

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. 


  1. Thom April 26, 2014 at 3:40 am

    maybe now he can afford to compensate me for lying about the “hours” he spent designing “custom wedding bands” for my wife and I – that he really just ordered from an Irish jewlery company – like he promised to do before reneging.  Just a their and a liar despite the folksy Mr. Rogers act.

  2. Funny April 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    This story could not go the distance without the obligatory reference to alcohol.

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