For Black­bird Bou­tique

Kent County News - - REAL ESTATE & BUSINESS - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekent­coun­

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Satur­day is open­ing day for the women’s cloth­ing store Black­bird Bou­tique on Park Row.

Owner Jor­dan Clark is a na­tive of Sudlersville and at­tended Ch­ester­town Chris­tian Academy.

She at­tended the Baum School of Art in Al­len­town, Pa., for two years — she said he al­ways wanted to be a mu­seum cu­ra­tor — be­fore re­turn­ing home to pur­sue a cos­me­tol­ogy li­cense. She had fam­ily mem­bers in the busi­ness, so the tran­si­tion to a dif­fer­ent ca­reer was easy, she said.

Clark, who now lives in Fair­lee, has been prac­tic­ing as a cos­me­tol­o­gist for more than 10 years.

“Af­ter two years of art school, I’d lost my love for all things art, so I de­cided it was time to call it quits,” Clark wrote in an email Mon­day.

Clark co-owns the shop with her mother, Lau­ryl, who will help de­sign dis­plays, serve cus­tomers and do be­hind-the- scenes work in­clud­ing the busi­ness’ fi­nances, she said.

“My mother and I have such dif­fer­ent styles and needs in cloth­ing, I think it’ll help set us apart and make ev­ery time you shop here a new ex­pe­ri­ence,” Clark said.

Clark said she had been asked to open her own busi­ness, specif­i­cally, a hair sa­lon, but she re­sisted. Af­ter strug­gling to find clothes that fit her, Clark said she had the idea to open a shop in Ch­ester­town ded­i­cated to women’s cloth­ing.

“We plan to carry a wide va­ri­ety of women’s cloth­ing, and as the sea­sons change, so will what we carry,” Clark wrote in her email.

Clark said the store will carry women’s shoes, along with jew­elry, to cater to women who need a store to shop for cloth­ing in Ch­ester­town. She said the store hopes to ex­pand to of­fer men’s cloth­ing as the busi­ness grows.

Clark said the di­ver­sity of busi­nesses in Ch­ester­town cre­ates a “com­mu­nity over com­pe­ti­tion” at­mo­sphere.

“We have had some great work­ing re­la­tion­ships with some stores down­town,” Clark wrote in the email. “The best way for this town to suc­ceed is to sup­port each other. We are all out here do­ing things a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, we each have our own thing and I think that greatly helps give ev­ery­one liv­ing and visit­ing Ch­ester­town an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Clark said tran­si­tion­ing into space in Park Row was “a breeze,” and said the most chal­leng­ing as­pect to ren­o­vat­ing was ensuring the postal ser­vice had the cor­rect ad­dress for cloth­ing de­liv­er­ies. Clark said part of the chal­lenge of op­er­at­ing Black­bird Bou­tique is ensuring prod­ucts come at the right time and to the right place.

“As Ch­ester­town grows and ex­pands, so will we to fit the ever-chang­ing needs of the town,” Clark said.

Black­bird Bou­tique is lo­cated at 314 Park Row, the yel­low build­ing on the cor­ner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. week­days and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­days. The shop is closed on Sun­days.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 443-480-0515 or visit www.face­­black­bird­bou­tique/.

Jor­dan Clark, owner of Black­bird Bou­tique, sits in the lobby area dur­ing her open house on May 4.

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