QUEENSTOWN — Amidst all the big dogs like Adidas, Kate Spade and Calvin Klein there is a plucky newcomer in the Queenstown Premium Outlets who is locally owned. But Farm Charm looks polished with a pleasing layout, soothing cream color scheme and chill lighting. Shoppers will find home décor and gifts to complement any farm palette. And they just celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting last week.
There was a crowd outside the door waiting to get in as the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce joined the owners to celebrate this new business opening with a set of gigantic scissors and a royal blue ribbon to cut.
The new store owners, Jeffrey and Amelia Merryman, also run the Primitive Barn in Stevensville.
“This is newer modern farmhouse and we have coastal here and rustic and boho décor. We carry Kitchen Kettle products which are the pickles and sauces. We also have several lines of candles and doggie products,” said co-owner Amelia.
Not that you would know from their polished retail brand, but neither of them had retail experience before.
“I am a retired paramedic. And he is a painting contractor in Baltimore. But this is my baby,” she said.
The grand opening, this Saturday, April 10 will offer sales and discounts. They try to curate a locally sourced menu of vendors.
“Our goat products, Fresh and Fancy, are from Millington. We have Baylife which is apparel from a local vendor in Kent Island. We are the first retailer for him. This vendor I am excited about — they are Mid Coast Modern they are out of Centreville and do coastal décor. They do laser carved wood,” she said. There was a decorative wooden wall piece with a perfect crab carved in the wood.
“It is important for people to know that we are a local business even though we are at the outlets. Support local businesses as we are trying to support local vendors,” she said.
“Just because we are at the outlets we are not just a chain store. We are still a small business,” said Jeffrey.
Lisa Gallow is the Office Coordinator for the Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Tourism, “We are very excited. Queen Anne’s County is thriving right now. It’s just exciting to see people starting new businesses,” she said.
“What with the pandemic still making its effects known, anything that is happening is positive. I love going to events like this. It shows that we are coming back and progress is the order of the day,” said Dave Wooten with Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office.
If you want a some snacks while shopping they have enticing bags of flavored nuts.
“This is Sweet Treats and they do nuts with Old Bay and sugar on it. So it is that salty sweet taste. Amazing. These go like crazy,” Amelia said.
Having already created another store really helped them to launch Farm Charm.
“It was trial and error with Primitive Barn especially during COVID. It was a little bit smoother this time. We knew where to get stuff, how to get stuff, how to do inventory. We already had all of our POS system in place. It was six weeks of blood, sweat and tears getting this store ready,” she said.
Farm Charm is hiring flexible employees who can work weekends. They are open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Find them next to Adidas in suite 116.