West Street Vil­lage sees growth with new ten­ants

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

NORTH EAST

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

MacKen­zie Hus­ton, of Ch­ester­town, pets Chess while A Buddy for Life staffer Tina Bright holds the Chi­huahua.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Kia, an 11-year-old young lady with lots of spunk, is one of A Buddy for Life staffer Rose Dou­glas’ fa­vorites.

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