Kansas City’s Irish Market turns 135

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It must be the luck of the Irish. For the first time in two years, the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is happening! An Irish company organized to celebrate the occasion has been around longer than any other. “We’re the oldest Irish company outside of Ireland. So when you think Irish in Kansas City, you can’t help but think correctly,” Browne co-owner Kerry Browne said. 33rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the welcome rug has been out at Browne’s Irish Market since 1887. “It’s a lot of pressure when we’ve been here for 135 years and think of our parents, grandparents or great -grandparents who have been there,” Browne said. Browne knows full well how far the store’s heritage extends. The company sells the finest Irish-made clothing, groceries, gifts and spirits. for nearly 14 decades. Along with the pressure of that heritage, however, also comes a sense of pride. “You don’t have to be Irish to be part of the community. You just have to want to hang out and have fun with us,” Browne said. Like so many other businesses, the market has struggled to survive. Much of the fun is gone with the pandemic. But in a place where they survived world wars and the great depression, why not COVID-19 too.” What’s great is that we’ve seen how loyal our customers are. I mean, people reached out to us and said, ‘What can I get while you’re closed?'” Browne said. That loyalty took years to build. Before COVID-19, there was days when the place was packed as people enjoyed Irish music, a sip of something new, or breakfast before another St. Patrick’s Day parade, we’re like family,” Browne said. After two years of the pandemic, the plan is to bring the family together for a noisy March 17. Make your plans now for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Doing an Irish Dance”. the parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Linwood Boulevard and Broadway Boulevard. The route then descends Broadway Boulevard to 43rd Street.

It must be the luck of the Irish. For the first time in two years, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Kansas City is on!

An Irish company ready to celebrate the occasion has been around longer than any other.

“We’re the oldest Irish company outside of Ireland. So when you think of Irish in Kansas City, you can’t help but think of it correctly,” said Browne co-owner Kerry Browne.

At 33rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the welcome mat was taken out at Browne’s Irish Market since 1887.

“It’s a lot of pressure when we’ve been here for 135 years and I think of our parents, grandparents or great-grandparents who have been there,” Browne said.

Browne knows only too well how far the store’s heritage extends. The company has been selling the finest Irish-made clothing, groceries, gifts and spirits for almost 14 decades. Along with the pressure of this heritage, however, also comes a sense of pride.

“You don’t have to be Irish to be part of the community. You just need to want to hang out and have fun with us,” Browne said.

Like so many other businesses, the market has struggled to survive. Much of the fun is gone with the pandemic. But in a place where they survived World Wars and the Great Depression, why not COVID-19 too.

“What’s great is that we’ve seen how loyal our customers are. I mean, people have reached out to us and said, ‘What can I get while you’re closed? ‘” Browne said.

This loyalty took years to forge. Before COVID-19, there were days when the place was packed as people enjoyed Irish music, a sip of something new, or breakfast before another St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“We have an amazing Irish community that I know I keep saying family, but we’re like family,” Browne said.

After two years of the pandemic, the plan is to bring the family together for a noisy March 17.

Make your plans now for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Doing an Irish Dance”. the parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Linwood Boulevard and Broadway Boulevard. The route then descends Broadway Boulevard to 43rd Street.

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