Mar­ket to cel­e­brate lo­cal small busi­nesses

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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.

FILE PHOTO

Owner Laura Quin­tana poses out­side of her Cen­ter Place jew­elry shop, Lit­tle Crys­tal Bijoux.

PHOTO BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Zal­lies Bou­tique of­fers an ar­ray of ac­ces­sories and out­fits for young girls who like to dress up.

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