West Street Village sees growth with new tenants
— In her less than three years as owner of West Street Village, a mini-mall at 32 S. Main St., Elizabeth Felts has only one space yet to be leased – that of the former Pickled Herring Pub in the back corner.
“I’ve got a couple of people interested, but nothing definite yet,” she said last week.
When she bought the building at auction three years ago a majority of the spaces were vacant. Now she has eight tenants, including
Stevie Lynn’s Bowtique and U.S. Sports I, which opened Saturday.
Staci Smith, who started her custom design line out of her Elkton home two years ago, opened her first storefront over the weekend. She features an array of items that can be customized quickly for birthday, bridal and baby gifts. Customized vinyl boat decals, beach towels, shirts and glasses are all possibilities.
Adjacent to her custom clothes and accessories is a sports memorabilia mecca filled with autographed jer- seys, photos, miniature helmets and other items.
Two other retailers that opened in October are Crazy Daisy Studio and Sterling Station.
Joe Carbone, an Iraq War veteran, designs and creates sterling silver jewelry. That’s in addition to making miniature handmade metal motorcycles and framed photo art. He carries it all in his new shop, Sterling Station, along with some oil paintings and jewelry manufactured by
reimburse adoption fees waived by A Buddy for Life during Saturday’s event.
Rose Douglas, a staff member at A Buddy for Life, told the Cecil Whig Saturday they had about 45 dogs and about a dozen cats available for adoption when the doors opened at noon.
Folks lined up outside before noon for a chance to find a pet they wanted to adopt. A steady flow of people came during the first hour, many hoping to give a needy pet a home.
A Buddy for Life volunteers were on hand to answer questions and explain the process, which includes a screening. Within 15 minutes, some visitors were already filling out applications in hopes of being selected.
“We don’t take first-come, first-serve,” Douglas said. “We have to screen all the applications and try to match our animals to the best applicant.”
She predicted it will take A Buddy for Life several days to approve the adoptions, so no one was taking their new pet home with them Saturday.
Volunteers allowed potential adopters to observe dogs outside on the grass, where they could pet them and interact.
Angel, a 1-year-old border collie mix, had several prospective parents showing interest, despite her wet and muddy coat from splashing in a mud puddle.
She flipped on her back and begged to be petted without prompting, winning the hearts of many watching.
Then there was Chess, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, who drew attention from Mackenzie Huston, a young girl from Chestertown, who came with family Saturday in hopes of getting a new pet.
Mark and April Rothwell, of Elkton, brought Mark’s mother, Mary, to the event Saturday in hopes of finding her a companion. She recently lost her husband.
“We found the one she wants and filled out the application, so now we have to wait a few days to get an answer,” Mark said. “It will be a late Mother’s Day gift.”
The adoption day was a success for A Buddy For Life, according to Douglas.
“We had a busy day,” Douglas said after the shelter closed at 4 p.m.
She said they accepted a total of 21 applications for dogs and four for cats Saturday. Now, they just have to finish finding the right pairs.
“There were multiple applicants for the same animal, so we already know that not everyone will get their choice,” she said.
Business owners who operate inside West Street Village – Joe Carbone, Erica DeWitt, Elizabeth Felts, Becca Smith and Staci Smith – pose inside the North East mini-mall for a photo.
MacKenzie Huston, of Chestertown, pets Chess while A Buddy for Life staffer Tina Bright holds the Chihuahua.
Kia, an 11-year-old young lady with lots of spunk, is one of A Buddy for Life staffer Rose Douglas’ favorites.