Month: August 2018

Jennifer Baker & John Laucik – Chester River Wine and Cheese Co. and  Welcome Home

Jennifer Baker & John Laucik – Chester River Wine and Cheese Co. and Welcome Home

Jennifer Baker and John Laucik opened Chester River Wine and Cheese Company on Cross Street in 2015. Former corporate management consultants turned “everyman foodies,” they had left the rat race in Philadelphia behind for a life in Chestertown selling fine cheeses, charcuterie, and other gourmet 
Larry Culp Looks to the Future

Larry Culp Looks to the Future

A Chestertown Spy interview

Join the fun! Volunteer!

Join the fun! Volunteer!

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Bob Ramsey – The Finishing Touch

Bob Ramsey – The Finishing Touch

Starting in 1978, when he was fresh out of college, Bob Ramsey has offered custom framing, fine art, artist’s materials, and select gifts on High Street in his hometown of Chestertown. He has framed everything from patchwork quilts to oil paintings, and today’s clients can 
Joyce Hale – Gabriel’s

Joyce Hale – Gabriel’s

In 2010, Joyce Hale built on the success of her clothing and gift shop in Galena, Maryland, and opened up a second location in downtown Chestertown. Offering an eclectic mix of items from scarves and jewelry to home décor, children’s toys, and party goods, Hale 
Andy Goddard – RiverArts

Andy Goddard – RiverArts

The mission of RiverArts is “to be the place where the Arts meet the community,” and this vibrant community arts center delivers on its promise with dynamic and evolving programming. It fills its four locations in the Historic District— a gallery, a clay studio, an education center and a children’s art studio—with a regular slate of exhibitions, programs, classes and special workshops.  And the person in charge of all these vibrant moving parts is executive director Andy Goddard.  A Washington College alumna, Goddard previously ran a beloved watering hole and performance space, Andy’s, and she brings a wealth of experience in the arts and event management to her role as Executive Director.

RiverArts hosts annual public events throughout the year, including the “Paint the Town” plein air painting festival and its county-wide studio tour. It fills the gallery every First Friday with hundreds of patrons eager to see that month’s exhibit, and dozens of students, many of them RiverArts members, attend its classes each year.  Goddard is proud of the creative energy the organization and its 500 members, four staffers and corps of dedicated volunteers bring to the heart of Chestertown.

“Where else can you spend a creative half hour with your preschooler, browse for a unique piece of jewelry, try your hand at the pottery wheel, and take in a classic film?” she asks.

RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, (410) 778-6300.

Photo courtesy of Tamzin B. Smith Portrait Photography

Tom Martin – The Bookplate

Tom Martin – The Bookplate

Tom Martin’s shop on Cross Street, full of new-to-you hardcover and paperback books across a wide range of categories, is an excellent place to browse for a new beach read or a collectible first-edition printing of Beautiful Swimmers. The Bookplate’s inventory also covers world history, 
Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson – Idiots Books

Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson – Idiots Books

In 2006, Robbi Behr, an illustrator, and her husband, writer Matthew Swanson, moved to Behr’s hometown of Chestertown to begin a small press. Named Idiot’s Books, Behr and Swanson created illustrated picture books for adults out of a barn in the Historic District. Their success 
Jaye Owings – Flow Salonspa

Jaye Owings – Flow Salonspa

Since 2009, Kent County native Jaye Owings has been fulfilling her passion for beauty and conservation at Flow Salonspa, where she and her talented team of stylists, spa therapists and nail therapists offer a holistic approach to wellness. An Aveda salon, Flow demonstrates a commitment to the environment through the use of their plant-derived products—and her commitment to her community by her establishment of a premier salon in Chestertown. “Creating the salon and spa was my dream,” she says. “Our phenomenal staff and the extraordinary support from this great town made it a reality.”

Located in the heart of Chestertown’s historic district, Flow’s nine stylists offer a suite of services, from haircuts, color, manicures and pedicures to massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. Owings also renovated the salon space, a former bank building, so that the interiors reflect Flow’s commitment to serenity and beauty and the handsome exterior blends well with Chestertown’s charming streetscape.

Owing’s stellar customer service and in-demand services have paid off. In 2017, Flow won the What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine’s “Best of Beauty and Fitness” across three categories—customer service, fabulous haircuts and best salon for pampering.

Flow Salonspa, 305 High Street, (410) 810-1881.

Photo courtesy of Tamzin B. Smith Portrait Photography

Carla Massoni – Massoni Gallery

Carla Massoni – Massoni Gallery

For more than 25 years, Massoni Gallery has been a cornerstone of Downtown Chestertown’s art scene. Gallerist Carla Massoni curates a sophisticated blend of work by locally based, nationally renowned artists such as Marc Castelli, Greg Mort, Marcy Dunn Ramsey, and Vicco von Voss. Her