The Celtic Way, Asheville

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  • I have never had such an uncomfortable experience as a consumer. Other reviewers that had my experience have shared it well here already. Hard to believe this business sits in the heart of the otherwi...  more »
  • The woman who was there when we stopped in was simply obnoxiously rude. The store is blocked / she has items placed to prevent people from just "browsing" as she stated to us people browsing doesn't p...  more »
  • My husband and I love everything Scottish and he has a good Scottish ancestry. We decided to visit this establishment (in the midst of a tourist district, mind you) as it had a very welcoming storefro...  more »
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  • I'm not usually the type to complain on the internet, but then again I have also never been thrown out of a shop because of my race before. I came into this shop, and was told "We're not open for browsers." Well, I might have found something to buy if I could have browsed your store, especially since I don't know what all you carry and you have no website. But fine, I guess I'll keep my money to myself. Why do you even have a sign if you don't want people to come in your store? In a nearby shop, I learned from the proprietor that he regularly gets customers in his store complaining about their treatment in The Celtic Way, and that the other shop owners receive the same treatment from her. At first, I thought she was just a crotchety old lady. Then, a local chimed in to defend her. He used phrases like "she just wants to preserve another way of life." He also pulled me aside and told me it was probably because of my "dark features," and that she must have thought I was a threat. Buddy, you haven't made me want to accept her behavior. You've made me wonder whether I inadvertently stumbled in to a front for the local KKK chapter. For those that are interested, I am half Irish and half European Jewish. Not exactly dark featured, but I guess all you need to be thrown out of The Celtic Way is brown hair and a slightly olive skin tone. I bumped in to a black family outside the shop, and they told me that they, too, weren't allowed in the shop. My sister, on the other hand, who has more Irish features, pale skin, and long, straight, light brown hair, went in and had trouble disengaging from the suddenly warm, engaging, conversational proprietor. To respond to Bill McAlleister, the one star reviews have nothing to do with politics. I didn't even see any political signs in her store or storefront (not that I could be considered an expert on the inside of her shop, since I spent 30 seconds in there before being thrown out). I am leaving a review because the proprietor was unbelievably rude and racist. Further, Bill, If she wants to run her store like a Scottish shop where you aren't supposed to say "just browsing," perhaps a busy tourist strip in a desirable holiday destination is the wrong place to set up shop. I'm not usually the type to scream racist, but it's clear to me that this shop wants no custom other than that from white people. EDIT: Hey Bill, I just spent two weeks in Scotland. Not a single person was any less than delightful my entire stay. Sometimes people would just strike up conversations with me out of nowhere. Beautiful country, lovely people. I'm sure all the true Scots wouldn't tolerate this vile old woman for a moment. No way in hell that she is acting like a Scot.
  • We walked into this witch's lair by accident and immediately knew we had made a mistake. She latched onto my husband and immediately started indulging him with stories about how Asheville has gone to pot. I chimed in a couple times and she looked at me and snubbed me with disdain. She then focused attentions solely on my husband and completely ignored me for the entire 20 minutes we were trapped. She apparently hates women. I finally dipped out and left my husband in there. Sorry honey. Out of amusement I decided to see if I could find anything on the internet about her. Obviously this old bat has left a pretty big impression on a lot of people. Crazy.
  • Everything that the other one-star reviews mentioned is exactly what I went through, too! I walked in with my boyfriend hoping to find something for my dad for Christmas because he is really interested in our clan's tartan. The owner blocked me from entering the store and kept asking me what I was looking for, to which I replied more than once, "I'm not sure exactly what he would like, but our last name is Stewart and he really likes the Stewart plaid, so maybe something that says our name or has our crest and tartan on it." She continued to block us from looking around and lectured us about political topics, which I definitely was not interested in talking about when I really needed to find a gift. She asked about my family tree, which I wasn't sure about other than my last name, so she told us to leave and maybe come back when we knew more about my family history. I'll start researching my family history but won't be returning!
  • The proprietor was extremely rude. It's such a lovely area of Asheville with many quaint & customer friendly shops. I was shocked at how she immediately stopped me as I came in the door and bombarded me with questions about why I was there. I am proud of my Celtic roots and was so excited to find a shop that I THOUGHT I could enjoy perusing and perhaps buy some gifts or personal items. There was another couple present who also hadn't gotten past her at the cash register at the front of the store. I don't know how she stays in business. The store could be very popular if there was a more welcoming, customer-friendly reception and encouragement to browse.
  • We've had the same experience! My wife's dad and wife got thrown out because they're​ from Iowa, we got thrown out because we wanted to look at her tapes. Now Everytime we go near her store we go in just to mess with her. Lol what an old snapping turtle! And absolute racist!

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