SHOPS

Cecil Whig - - RE­GIONAL -

oth­ers. Most of his cus­tom jew­elry pieces sell for $40 or less.

Car­bone trans­ferred some of the skills he learned in the mil­i­tary into new artis­tic crafts he said helped him heal and find a new life. Car­bone, a Per­ryville res­i­dent, was a mem­ber of the U.S. Army from 1996 to 2008.

Becca Small, a young mother and North East res­i­dent, brought her cus­tom pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness that she had op­er­ated out of her home for six years into the sec­ond floor loft at the rear of West Street Village in Oc­to­ber.

Crazy Daisy Stu­dio gives Small the space she needs to set up com­fort­able and invit­ing scenes. She pro­duces cus­tom pho­to­graphs of ba­bies, pets, chil­dren, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als. She op­er­ates by ap­point­ment, but also opens the stu­dio for brows­ing Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days when the mall is open.

“I’ve been shoot­ing pic­tures since I was in mid­dle school,” Small said. “I al­ways wanted to have my own busi­ness and now I do.”

Cat’s Pa­ja­mas Art Stu­dio, owned and op­er­ated by Erica De­Witt of Per­ryville, opened her con­sign­ment art shop about two years ago and is grow­ing her busi­ness weekly.

How­ever, De­Witt first got ac­quainted with the shop when Felts took over own­er­ship nearly three years ago. At that time, De­Witt painted the out­side wall with a mu­ral that faces West Street.

De­Witt’s hand­made mar­ket­place fea­tures art made by 45 dif­fer­ent lo­cal ar­ti­sans who ro­tate items fre­quently in the shop.

West Street Village is also home to Wyre Nat­u­rals, owned by Veron­ica and Heather Wyre; Felts’ own Queen Street Bou­tique; Prim­i­tive ‘n Thyme, owned by Jim and Rita Rea; and Can­ton Kitchens, owned by Scott Aro and Kim Cun­diff.

“I’m happy with the re­cent changes which make the mall very fam­ily-friendly,” Felts said.

Hours may vary slightly, but most of the mall shops are open Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day through Sun­day from 11 am. to 6 p.m. or later.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

Once filled with va­can­cies, West Street Village, a mini-mall at 32 S. Main Street, now has eight ten­ants.

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