South Austin gift boutique Sitric House & Home a long-time family affair

(From left) Daughters Paula and Kelly run the boutique with help from mother Margaret McGettrick.

(From left) Daughters Paula and Kelly run the boutique with help from mother Margaret McGettrick.

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When Malachy and Margaret McGettrick purchased the building that now houses Sitric House & Home nearly a decade ago, the intention was to provide a showroom for Malachy’s remodeling business.

But following a remodel of the ranch-style home, their daughters Paula and Kelly envisioned a supplementary use for the space.

“After [Malachy renovated], the girls decided to make it into a gift boutique,” Margaret said. “So the store has kind of evolved.”

An homage to the family’s surname in Gaelic, Sitric House & Home offers home décor, kitchenwares, jewelry and body products, as well as remodeling services. The gift boutique end of the business is run primarily by Paula and Kelly, with occasional part-time help provided by Margaret.

The McGettricks emigrated from Ireland to Corpus Christi in the 1970s, Margaret said. Malachy brought his remodeling business to Austin once his children enrolled at the University of Texas. To build his customer base, he opened the showroom in 2008, one month before the infamous stock market crash.

“The timing was not the best, but we are still here,” Margaret said.

Nearly a decade later, Margaret said customers travel from all over Austin and surrounding cities to visit the boutique. Many are in search of Farrow & Ball, an English paint and wallpaper supplier found in Austin only at Sitric House & Home.

When making trips to the Las Vegas market to order new inventory for the store, Margaret says the girls try to select items that can’t be found anywhere else.

“We carry things that are a little different than what you would find in a regular store,” she said. “We have a lot of faithful customers who come in because they find our gifts unique.”

In addition to the success of the gift boutique, Malachy’s craftsmanship has also garnered recognition from renowned clients, such as the Friends of the Governors Mansion, who are proud to speak to the quality of his custom carpentry, painting and wood flooring services, Margaret said.

“Our business refinished and restored the doors in the governor’s mansion back to their original state,” she said.

Sitric House & Home
3401 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin
512-291-0804
www.sitrichouseandhome.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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