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