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 goodies along with wine. Their elegant cheese boards and artfully curated wines, spirits, spices and condiments provide local cooks with plenty of international flavors for their kitchens or the makings of a perfect picnic.
In order to continue to provide Chestertown’s epicures with everything they need to eat and entertain well, Baker and Laucik opened another store, a lavishly stocked gem called Welcome Home, in 2017. The shelves and baskets of the specialty kitchen and home store hold cooking and cleaning tools, serving ware, home linens and other necessities.
Of running two businesses in downtown Chestertown, Baker says, “We’ve had a lot of fun and have definitely proved it’s possible to open a sustaining business where you can pay a living wage and pay your mortgage—we would encourage anyone to open a business here.”
Chester River Wine & Cheese, 117 S. Cross Street, (443) 282-0220.
Welcome Home, 107 S. Cross Street, (443) 282-0246.
Photo courtesy of Tamzin B. Smith Portrait Photography