Each year as St. Patrick's Day draws near shoppers in Tsawwassen can be sure at least one store is making the most of the annual Irish tradition.
Lucky Surf and Skate, whose logo incorporates the iconic shamrock, is holding a sale right now with items going for 17 percent off until March 17, on St. Paddy's Day.
Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, is said to have used the shamrock, a young sprig of clover, as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. Many people of Irish heritage, like the owners of Lucky, have used the shamrock as that link back to The Emerald Isle.
Alice and Sean Patrick McMillan opened Lucky in the fall of 2010 as a means of starting a business in the community where they raised their two children. Long known as Tsawwassen's skate shop, Alice says the store has become so much more in the six and a half years since.
"We started being a skate shop and we've sort of evolved into a surf and skate lifestyle store," explains Alice. "Longboards and skateboards were strong when we opened but as the needs and demands of the community have changed we've evolved, and so we've become more of a lifestyle store."
With spring rapidly approaching and the rains giving way to sunkissed flowers, that lifestyle fits well with a town so closely situated next to the sandy beaches of Boundary Bay.
And even if you're not ready to give up on winter yet, there's still a good reason to head down to Lucky right now, with some items from their winter inventory clearing out for 60 percent off. The store also has a customer loyalty program with discounts for those who have helped keep Lucky a fixture at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall.
As for St. Patrick's Day, will the McMillans be celebrating?
"Maybe some cocktails? Maybe. Probably. Most likely. It's convenient that it's on a Friday."
Lucky Surf and Skate is located at 1315 56 Street just to the west of Rotary Square.