- Location: Avalon, CA
- Website: ccgallagher.com
Catalina Island may offer a myriad of options for rest and relaxation, but in terms of notable design destinations, it's literally a desert island. Touristy tschotskes and some Thomas Kinkade style artwork dominate the square mile of shops, galleries and restaurants laid across the easy-to-walk grid that makes up downtown Avalon. So when we walked in through the doors of cafe/boutique C.C. Gallagher, it came with a sigh of relief that the retailer was a tacky-free zone.
On the contrary, C.C. Gallagher (the "C.C." stands for the cross streets of Claressa and Crescent, where the store is located) seems like an island-infused transplant from LA's 3rd Street, catering to a discriminating crowd who prefer their shell art shaped like perfect white dalhias instead of the requisite mermaid or whale found at almost each and every other store on Catalina.
C.C. Gallagher proclaims to be stocked with quality conscience purchases [from] businesses that are environmentally aware and keeping in mind that our world needs our care. One half of the store is a gourmet store, stocked with an assortment of delectable snacks and offering coffee and tea at a corner cafe stand to satiate any caffeine-related desires. A notable wine selection is displayed in a dedicated cellar, and a carousel of inviting baked pleasantries lazily spins to entice an impulse purchase. But before you give into your gastronomical cravings, it's best advised to walk around the other half where arrangements of tasteful frames, oceanic themed home wares (we especially love the starfish shaped tea lamp holders), pleasantly scented candles, and floral/succulent arrangements all make for the recommended gift destination on Catalina Island. C.C. Gallagher is definitely our desert island pick.