Our store; Chesapeake East Company was located on the Wicomico River in a vintage 1929 building we saved and renovated in 2000. For 20 years Dana’s original paintings, prints, handmade ceramics, gift items and decor filled the store. We also brought in fair trade items, unique clothing and products for a green lifestyle. It was great fun and our customers were sad to see us close- but change is exciting and now Dana works from her home/island studio.
Next door there is a delicious café in the building (Mad Hatter Cafe) offering fresh, healthy fare. Ugly Pie Bakery offers fresh baked pies of all kinds. Upstairs are 4 beautiful fully furnished loft apartments available for guests thru Air bnb. (Loft Links: Grande Luxe / Chic Sunny / Retro Loft / Spacious& Gracious)
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!
sorry to say- the store closed January 2020
like much retail we are just on line now.