Plaid patterns of blues and reds and greens — a myriad of Scottish tartans —hang from fabric holders on one side of the store, while skirts and kilts of similar patterns hang in another section. Valeta Roach, owner of Scottish Imports, stands in the skirt section, holding up a red and black number that she wraps around her waist. The tartan pattern lies at an angle, flowing down the skirt in clean lines that Valeta says are often more flattering than traditional up and down patterns.
She designed the skirt herself after hearing the complaints of several women that normal tartan skirts were unflattering to their body types. And Valeta’s store carries several other completely unique items designed by her own creative hand. “This is the perfect job for me. I get to work with fabrics, and it’s a part of my heritage,” says Valeta.
Scottish Imports claims to be “your source for anything Scottish.” Where else can you buy or rent a kilt and purchase your own broad swords for Highland dancing? They also carry a selection of edible goods, such as orange marmalade, haggis, meat pies, black pudding and, of course, sweets.
Gentlemen, if you want to stand out in the crowd from the everyday hustlers, throw on a kilt. They are not just for weddings! You can celebrate your Scottish heritage (or, you know, the fact that you’ve always wanted to wear a kilt) any time of year. If you’re curious about a kilt but don’t want to fully commit, you can rent one.
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