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Doing Business in Chestertown

Doing Business in Chestertown

Join the fun! Volunteer!

Join the fun! Volunteer!

Join the Main Street Team! We are always looking for people who love Chestertown and are willing to lend their time and talent. If you are interested in volunteering, we'd love to hear from you! Email to manager@mainstreetchestertown.org.  Volunteer for Dickens of a Christmas Thank 
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 has curated a trendy take on traditional in her Cross Street shop. From sea salt soap to monogrammed tote bags, Hale has made sure that whether you’re giving a gift or treating yourself, Gabriel’s has just the thing, and at an affordable price.

With almost 20 years of experience as a shop owner in Kent County, Hale has demonstrated a commitment to serving the local community. She is optimistic about Chestertown’s retail economy.  “Gabriel’s is happy to be a part of this small but creative community that embraces tourists and locals alike.”

Gabriel’s, 207 S. Cross Street, 410-778-2123.

2019 Schedule

2019 Schedule

MOST EVENTS ARE FREE FESTIVE FIRST FRIDAYSPLENDID SATURDAYSUNDAY FUNDAYFESTIVE FIRST FRIDAY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Join us on High Street for a Fire & Ice celebration! Warm up by the firepits, enjoy s’mores, mulled wine, the merry music of the organ grinder, carriage rides and entertainment 
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 
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, art, design, and maritime history, as well as children’s books and some local publications by regional writers. In addition to books, the store carries prints by local illustrators and artists, as well as a selection of vibrant Spanish ceramics from the Talavera, Puente and Granada regions of Spain.

Martin opened the store in 2004 after a career in international politics based mostly in Washington, D.C. “I was selling books online, and when this space became available, I knew it could work.”  He regularly hosts events and readings in the shop’s large back room, where national and regional authors come to give book talks and signings. Martin says the most satisfying part of his 14 years running the Bookplate has been the customers. “It’s the people. You’re enriched by the diversity of people who live here. Meeting people with so many interests, that want to support a bookshop in Chestertown—it’s been a wonderful experience.”

The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street, (410) 778-4167.

Photo courtesy of Tamzin B. Smith Portrait Photography

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