|What's a store without knowing
who and what's behind it? Well, it's still a store but the knowledge you
are about to receive will bring The Steamer Trunk a little closer to your
heart. Maybe not even your heart, but at least you'll get to know us.
Life in the small town of Avalon happens on a human scale. Since everyone
knows everyone, we had no choice but to create an exceptional store for
islanders and visitors to enjoy. It was either that, or face the consequences
of a bad reputation. Our family roots on Catalina Island go deep. We were
raised on stories and folk tales dating back to 1908 when our grandparents
first arrived. The stories ranged from the feds raiding the island during
Prohibition to our Nono shooting his arm off while goat hunting. No joke,
it's buried in the corner of the island cemetery. We'll point out the exact
spot if you come visit us in person AND place a one-thousand dollar order.
The sign hanging on our storefront has an exact replica of the S.S.
Catalina on it, the ship responsible for bringing millions of visitors
to the island over a 51 year span. During the voyages, bands and other
entertainment were provided to make each sailing an "event."
Barb Leone, our own
remember being enchanted with balloon animals that clowns fashioned
for us. Our fathers remember diving for coins that were tossed by passengers on the steamships
as they pulled into port. Our grandparents remember watching elegant
couples disembark from the steamer and parade their way through town
to the Casino ballroom. We've linked The Steamer Trunk with the image
of the S. S. Catalina because we seek to keep with the tradition of
classiness and fun that we associate with her history. For the latest
restoration update, visit www.sscatalina.org.
ReproductionTile artist, stand next to her