La Plata po­lice host third an­nual block party

Mother, daugh­ter opened The Lit­tle Cor­ner Shoppe to sell lo­cal goods

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By DAR­WIN WEIGEL dweigel@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @somd_bized­i­tor

It’s a tiny space, but it’s crammed with hand­made items from ar­ti­sans and crafters from around La Plata and a lit­tle be­yond.

The Lit­tle Cor­ner Shoppe opened its doors March 19 in what was at one time a bail bonds of­fice just down from the court­house at 320 Charles Street. Its pro­pri­etors, Sandy More­land of Hugh­esville and her daugh­ter Stacy More­land of Me­chan­icsville, are first-time busi­ness­women, though they’re keep­ing their day jobs in Largo and Up­per Marl­boro, re­spec­tively.

“It’s a ven­ture — an ad­ven­ture,” Sandy said with a laugh when asked about why they de­cided to go into busi­ness.

“Our fam­ily has al­ways loved things that are hand­made,” Stacy said. “A cou­ple years ago, I started mak­ing can­dles and bath and body prod­ucts, and my mother and I and my daugh­ter [Kayla Ter­rell] would at­tend craft fairs and events like that. Speak­ing with other ven­dors and crafters that were there, they told us how they would re­ally en­joy hav­ing a store that had hand­made items. So, my mother and I talked. When the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self ear­lier this year, we de­cided to go ahead and take the leap.”

Stacy’s younger daugh­ter, Syd­ney Ter­rell, minds the store Tues­day through Thurs­day with her 11-month-old child, Asher. Sandy and Stacy ar­rive at 5 p.m. af­ter their day jobs and keep the door open un­til 6 p.m. — Thurs­day un­til 7. The two also work there on Satur­day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shop is closed Sun­day and Mon­day.

“We’ve been do­ing re­ally well,” Stacy said. “I think it’s a great lo­ca­tion that’s right here on Route 6. We en­joy it be­ing in the walk­a­ble Town of La Plata. When the weather’s nice, there’s a lot of peo­ple out walk­ing around.”

The two new La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers said they’ve al­ready got­ten to know their busi­ness neigh­bors nearby and have al­ready been wran­gled into co­or­di­nat­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s “Shop La Plata on Small Busi­ness Satur­day” this year, which is the week­end fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing Day.

“One thing we like, that is unique, is that right here on this cor­ner, we have our friend that has Cen­ter­piece Bou­tique [& De­sign],” Stacy said. “When they fin­ish here, we send them on down to Cen­ter­piece Bou­tique, then they can go over to Is­land Mu­sic [Com­pany], and then they’re right there by Casey’s (Casey Jones Restau­rant) to sit and have some­thing to eat. Then they can head on down to Jo­son [Fine Jew­elry and Home Bou­tique] that’s down the street.” She said The Loft Sa­lon is nearby as well.

“Ev­ery­thing’s right here. And it works well,” Sandy added. “We don’t over­step each other’s bounds. We help each other out. If we don’t have what you’re look­ing for I can tell you where to go get it.”

The More­lands have up to 25 ar­ti­sans and crafters rep­re­sented in The Lit­tle Cor­ner Shoppe, in­clud­ing turned wood bowls, stained glass, head­bands, baby ac­ces­sories, dog ac­ces­sories, jew­elry and greet­ing cards, along with soaps, can­dles and body prod­ucts. There’s even a ven­dor that makes or­na­ments out of blue crab shells.

“We try to put a large va­ri­ety of items in here. Each week we try to add some­thing new,” Stacy said. “One of the rules that we made when we de­cided to open, was that we would not have two ven­dors at the same time that make the same item.”

“Ev­ery­thing here is hand­made. It’s all lo­cally made,” Sandy said. “These bowls, they’re from trees that fell down in La Plata.”

The two are al­ways look­ing for unique hand­made prod­ucts, and with their early suc­cess are hop­ing to move into a large space next year.

“If it keeps at the rate that it’s going, that’s def­i­nitely fea­si­ble.” Stacy said.

“We have some of the ven­dors that are in­ter­ested in re­do­ing and re­fin­ish­ing fur­ni­ture. We’re going to need a big­ger place for that,” Sandy added.

While some ven­dors call them about sell­ing their goods on com­mis­sion or stop by the shop, the fam­ily still spends time pu­rus­ing craft ta­bles at events in the re­gion.

“We ven­ture out on the week­ends to craft fairs and events and walk around to see the kinds of things we don’t have here and we think is unique, and we’ll give them our card,” Stacy said.

“We get a lot of en­joy­ment know­ing we’re help­ing sup­port lo­cal artists,” she added. “Ev­ery­thing that’s bought here, di­rectly sup­ports an artist that is right here in the lo­cal area.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY DAR­WIN WEIGEL

Sandy More­land, left, and her daugh­ter Stacy More­land, cen­ter, pose for pic­ture with Stacy’s daugh­ter Syd­ney Ter­rell and her 11-mon­thold baby Asher, in The Lit­tle Cor­ner Shoppe in La Plata.

Some dec­o­ra­tive signs and jew­elry at The Lit­tle Cor­ner Shoppe in La Plata.

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