Just last week a poor soul believed that McDaniel College had the only bookstore in Westminster. When Locust Book Store on Main Street went out of business a little over a year ago, such a statement became truth. However, disguised in a brick building, a Westminster bookstore emerged silently from the shadows called Electricity. Within the store, Ms. Shawn Lockhart, conducts her collection of books, CD’s and art. Much of the art she has for sale has been crafted by local artists, including jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and robots. Need an opportunity to take a browse? In the store on Oct. 8, a local writer, Bob Porterfield, had a signing event for his book, “Westminster the Way It Was.”
Sounds interesting? Here are a few more new stores that have popped up in the past year:
In Downtown Westminster we have:
The Main Arterie – Settled at 51 East Main Street, the store sells arts and crafts by local artists. Many items are handmade, such as quilts, paper earrings, and cheese trays made from flattened wine bottles. A line of handmade U-Grow Girl Dresses can fit toddlers as dresses and 8-10 year-olds as shirts.
Furnace Hill Coffee Co. – Located at 71 West Main Street, this business ensures that its coffee is organically grown, purchases the coffee through direct trade, and employs the developmentally disabled. For more information: www.furnacehillscoffee.com
CUP Tea Bar and Café – You can find delicious tea at 7 East Main Street along with coffee, baked goods, salads and panini sandwiches. Available teas include black, green, white, rooibos, oolongs, and herbals. Drop by for a pot of tea for you and your friend in the casual atmosphere. Check out the facebook page: http://on.fb.me/oHlcCT
Seed of Difference Boutique – You can find Hats by Marjae for both men and ladies at 234 East Main Street. Displayed are hats that range from fancy to casual. Cowboys sit next to French ladies, and Fedoras are lounging near Facinators who sit primped and pretty by the window. There are also fans, gloves, jewelry, and “Sex in the City” perfume. For more information: www.marjaehats.com
J Café – This breakfast and brunch restaurant just opened at 172 East Main Street. You can grab a scrumptious sandwich, a salad, or baked goods. Also on the menu is a Chicken Quesadilla and the option of designing your own cold sandwich. The Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/r4Su8Z
And of course,
Electricity Arts, Books, Music…and More located at 13 John Street. Website: http://eclecticityart.com/
Right Along MD 140
Chipotle Mexican Grill – Salads and Tacos and Burritos Oh My! Located at 631 Baltimore Blvd., Chipotle focuses on “food with integrity,” which involves raising animals naturally, being respectful towards the farmers, and working towards buying organic food from local family farms. To learn more take a look at: www.chipotle.com
The Vitamin Shoppe – Nutritious vitamins, supplements, herbs and more all available at 631a W. Baltimore Blvd. Online store: www.vitaminshoppe.com
IHOP – Pancakes anyone? For everyone who missed the memo, The International House of Pancakes opened Nov. 9 of last year. Hiding up on a hill at 490 Meadow Creek Drive, the restaurant is a great place for a delicious meal. The Facebook page can be found at: http://on.fb.me/nlfent
Cold Stone Creamery – Ice Cream. What more can I say? Opened this past July, the store is at 410 Meadow Creek Drive. Website: www.coldstonecreamery.com
As an extra reminder to everyone, there is a Downtown Westminster Discount Guide on the McDaniel College website located at https://www.mcdaniel.edu/2339.htm. Check out all the cool savings available in Westminster!