Our store; Chesapeake East Company is located on the Wicomico River in a vintage 1929 building we saved and renovated in 2000. Our gallery/gift store is on the corner. Dana’s original paintings, prints, handmade ceramics, gift items and decor fill the store. We also bring in fair trade items, unique clothing and products for a green lifestyle.
Next door there is a delicious café in the building (Riverwalk Cafe) offering fresh, healthy fare. Breakfast starts at 8am. Lunch goes to 3pm. Ugly Pie Bakery offers fresh baked pies of all kinds. The paint it yourself pottery studio is now tucked into a corner of our store, should you feel inspired to create. Enjoy a fun day trip to our building or stay here overnight. Upstairs are 4 beautiful fully furnished loft apartments available for guests thru Air bnb. (Loft Links: Grande Luxe / Chic Sunny / Retro Loft / Spacious& Gracious)
Visit our store in downtown Salisbury, Maryland
The Gallery gift store for Dana Simson Design is part of Chesapeake East, on the corner of West Main and Lake Streets over looking the Wicomico River. It is filled with Dana’s original paintings, fine craft, ceramic dinnerware and sculpture along with neat finds in fair trade items or other unique products. Make a day and night of it! Riverwalk Cafe is next door with fresh, yummy breakfast & lunch, Ugly Pie Bakery is next to them and upstairs are 4 beautiful fully furnished rental lofts with Dana’s art and colorful fun touches throughout. (Listed on Air bnb or Verbo)
Chesapeake East History
When we purchased our building from the city of Salisbury it was in derelict condition. The tin ceilings were covered or torn down, transom window covered with plywood and everything was in extreme disrepair. As two independently employed artists we did get in over our heads, but 18 years of hard work and creative solutions has resulted in a truly wonderful building full of nice folks. Our original intent in renovation the building was to create a Corning Glassworks type destination where visitors could watch us handmade Dana’s designs in ceramic- see us paint/decorate each and finally visit the shop and take home a treat. We employed 15 artisans when we opened and sold to 400 galleries nationally when we opened in 2000. Unfortunately a number of factors including cheap knock offs of our and other American craftspeople’s designs flooding the market from China, combined with the demise of small independent shops and galleries marked the end of an era for American Craft. We have evolved with trends and are very happy in our present state of small, green, local and handmade. Each business here at 501 West Main Street is run by makers. Made here in Salisbury, Maryland with pride!
Our shop contains everything you find on our website and more! There is also wonderful artwork and fine craft by local artists, fair trade items, and unique finds. Stop in and say hello!