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