More Opportunities to Shop Local in Chestertown!

If you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and you STILL have holiday shopping to do, fear not:  there are endless options for that perfect gift, and we have some great places for you to shop local in Chestertown.

This Friday, December 5th, is the most festive First Friday of the year!  (Yes, we celebrate First Friday every month of the year).  Luminaries on the sidewalks, Santa visiting, and school children caroling.  The whole thing is very Norman Rockwell-esque.  It’s a lovely backdrop for gift shopping, which, let’s face it, can be kind of stressful at this time of year.

For something truly unique, why not shop at the RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale?  With over 700 items representing more than 50 artists and artisans, there is surely something for everyone.  It’s right in the center of the action downtown.  And coincidentally, our lovely gardener and part-time server Manick, who is also potter, has some pieces in the show.

RiverArts Holiday Show

Of course all the other shops and galleries will be open late as well.

Another unique option the following week on Thursday, December 11, is the open house at Unity Church Hill Nursery from 5-7pm.  They will have music, oysters and other goodies around a bonfire.  It’s a lovely setting only about 10 miles from the inn and you’ll find more than just the usual plants; they have a very nice pottery and gift selection as well.

If you’re in town with your four-legged bestie, stop in at Coco’s Pet Center on High Street. For a $10 donation to the Humane Society of Kent County, get a photo of your pet and your family with Santa Claus!  It’s a great cause and makes a nice keepsake or gift!

So don’t let the stress of shopping get you down.  Come on over to the land of pleasant living and relax while you shop. It’s the only way to do it!!! Let us help you relax and unwind at Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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Shop Locally, Eat Locally: New Spots in Chestertown!

Saturday, November 29 is Small Business Saturday: a day we’re all encouraged to shop at locally owned small businesses.  There is certainly no shortage of great shops in Chestertown; in fact, this past year has seen the arrival of even more.

Just about a mile from the inn, on High Street, there is a cluster of new shops doing their best to enliven the downtown storefront scene:

Bloomin’ Wild is a lovely florist and gift shop that amazingly, is open every day!!!  This shop has done the most to change the look of this part of town, simply because of the beautiful displays of plants and flowers out front.  It looks just fabulous!

Shop Local Saturday

Another colorful and fun storefront is Coco’s Pet Center, an adorable pet boutique specializing in pet supplies and unique gifts for pets and pet lovers.  Though only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, the shop is hoping to grow and be able to offer other services and events, including featuring adoptable animals from our local Kent County Humane Society. Cool, huh?

Kent County Humane Society

With flora and fauna covered, let’s move on to antiques and collectibles.  A great addition to the antique trail of Kent County,  Poor Richard’s is a lovingly curated collection of antiques and vintage items.  They’re so new they don’t have a website, but trust us, you’ll want to stop in and have a look around.

On Cross Street we have yet another new shop with a fabulous name (and without a website) Curiosity on Cross offers women’s clothing and accessories and neat little gifty items. It’s a small store, but they have managed to fill it with very interesting items without making it seem cluttered.

When you need sustenance to keep your shopping mojo alive, we’ve got news in the restaurant scene as well.

The venerable Front Room at the Imperial Hotel closed its doors this fall and while we were very sorry to see them go, we are delighted with the new occupants.  One of our very favorites, The Kitchen at Rock Hall, has taken a leap and moved to Chestertown.  Now called The Kitchen at the Imperial, they will be open at the end of November.  We look forward to it and wish them much luck!

You may also know we lost another favorite earlier this year, Brooks’ Tavern.  Kevin and Barbara have moved back home to Kennedyville, and will unveil a new business with cooking classes and other food related endeavors soon.  In their old spot in the Radcliffe Mill, we will now have Cafe Sado: Thai cuisine and sushi!!  Something different and a very welcome addition to the Chestertown restaurant scene.

And believe it or not, Chestertown now has its very own FOOD TRUCK!  The Black Burro can be found parked on Cannon street most days. . .it’s best to check their Facebook page first.

Local Food Truck

It has been a bit like a game of musical restaurant chairs here lately, but we’re very excited about the new additions and look forward to hearing your reviews!

In addition to Small Business Saturday, this weekend, November 28 & 29, most  stores will have extended hours for “Home for the Holidays” – which includes the “official lighting of Downtown,” a parade, and caroling in the park.  Just the thing to get you into the spirit of the season.

 

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe

These cute chocolate crinkle cookies look so festive setting out on a plate, and are equally chocolate crinkle cookie recipetasty! Perfect for the holiday season!

Brampton Chocolate Crinkles

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, (½ stick)
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups un-bleached flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • powdered sugar

In a medium sauce pan melt butter and chocolate. When melted set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl of a stand-up mixer combine melted chocolate mixture, 1 cup of flour and all the remaining ingredients except the chopped walnuts and powdered sugar. Beat at medium speed, scraping down the sides until well blended. Remove mixing bowl and with a rubber spatula fold in the remaining flour and the walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Form balls using a 1 ½ inch ice cream scoop. Roll in powdered sugar and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 15 min. until almost firm to the touch. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let sit for a minute. Gently remove cookies and cool on cooling rack.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

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