Market to celebrate local small businesses
Saturday promises to be busy day for the Dundalk Village Shopping Center as two small business cel- ebrate anniversaries during the final Makers Market of the year.
Jewelry shop Little Crystal
Bijoux and girls accessory store Zallie’s Boutique, both on Center Place, will mark four years and one year, respectively, in the shopping center.
Dundalk residents Laura and Cary Quintana opened Little Crystal Bijoux as a popup shop supported by the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation in October 2013. The following February, the shop moved to its own location — a tiny space at 1A Center Place. Last September, the entrepreneurs celebrated their opening of their newlyexpanded shop in their own building at 7 Center Place.
According to Laura, who creates most of the hand-crafted pieces of jewelry that appear in the shop, business has been good.
“Better than expected,” she noted last week.
The Quintanas are excited to celebrate their anniversary with special promotions and demonstrations during the Makers Market on Oct. 7.
In addition to offering a free gift with each purchase, they will be holding drop-in demonstrations and classes all day long, as well as tours of several spaces for rent, including two rooms in the shop as well as upstairs office space ready for lease.
They also look forward to showing off their expanded offerings, including Bijoux Body, a new bath and body line including scrubs, perfumes and oils, candles in vintage glassware and even some clothing.
For Laura, she sees Saturday’s dual-anniversary celebration as a way to unite shopping center businesses.
“I think it ties the main street together,” she said.
Just down Center Place, Zallies Boutique owner Tiffany Lockemy is also preparing for an anniversary on Saturday — her first as a business owner in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
Lockemy’s store, located at Laura’s former space at 1A Center Place, offers bows, tutus, ribbons and other colorful accesso- ries for young girls.
“It’s been very good,” Lockemy said of business, noting that she hopes to expand in the next few years. A larger shop, she noted, would allow her to grow her stock and include more items for both girls and boys.
Lockemy first opened Zallies Boutique as a pop-up shop before becoming a permanent tenant last year.
While she hopes to expand, she plans to stay in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
“I think the events that happen here help support the business,” she said of the location.
“I think Dundalk is growing,” she added, “And I like being a part of that.”
She also enjoys the support she receives from both the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and fellow entrepreneurs Laura and Cary Quintana.
In honor of her first anniversary on Oct. 7, Lockemy will offer give-aways, special sales and package deals as well as a cake and balloons.
As the home of Dundalk Rocks, an 8,000plus strong Facebook movement designed to promote creativity and kindness, Lockemy will also offer rock-painting for visitors to the shop.
For his part, Chris Pineda, community engagement coordinator for the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, is excited to celebrate both businesses during the final Makers Market of 2017.
“Businesses like [Zallies Boutique] and [Little Crystal Bijoux] are becoming the transformation that we want to see in our Dundalk community,” he explained, adding,” Business owners like them are also becoming active members to make Main Street the place to be at.”
In addition to the anniversary celebrations, Saturday’s Makers Market will feature 35 craft vendors, a moon bounce for kids, food vendors and more.
The Makers Market is expected to return next year, Pineda noted, with dates to be announced in February or March.
For more on Makers Market and other events, call the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation at 410-282-0261.
Owner Laura Quintana poses outside of her Center Place jewelry shop, Little Crystal Bijoux.
Celebrating the October 2016 opening of Zallies Boutique were (from left) state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, shop owner Tiffany Lockemy, DRC community engagement coordinator Nathan Cabrera and DRC executive director Amy Menzer.
Zallies Boutique offers an array of accessories and outfits for young girls who like to dress up.