Name Of Business: Calico Toys & Games
Location: 212 S. Talbot St
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How and why you started your business?
We purchased Calico Gallery in 2001 after Brad retired from Lucent Technologies. At that time, Calico was a large gallery of framed Chesapeake oriented art downstairs and a great toy store upstairs. It was also the highest quality Custom Framing shop in Talbot County. It was also our favorite business to visit when we were tourists.
So, we didn't actually start Calico Gallery, we just wanted to improve on one of the oldest retail traditions in St. Michaels. After doubling sales after the first six years, we were hit by the recession. The “Framed Art” part of the business took a huge dive – folks stopped buying expensive pieces off the wall. So, instead of shutting down, we re-engineered the business to primarily all toys and children’s books.
|Fun and Educational toys, books and games, too!|
Though we do not advertise Custom Framing, we have kept almost all of our high level customers and actually added many through referrals.
Calico Toys and Games offers fun, educational and retro toys, games and puzzles for Infant to 99!
We specialize in children's books, framed art and Celebrate St. Michaels posters from the St Michaels Art League. Brad makes all of the custom framed art.
|The Fun Place in St. Michaels!|
We're located at 212 S. Talbot Street, a brightly painted two story building, colored in fun primary colors, blue, red and yellow, in the center of the shopping district. Look for our many toy displays out front!
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