Another plus for downtown Pocomoke. Keep in mind that among the outstanding selection of unique goods and something for everyone, Kim also offers special attention to women who have suffered with breast cancer.
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POCOMOKE CITY — New Orleans is a long way from Pocomoke City, yet a famous French Quarter fragrance is now available in Maryland’s southernmost city at the new Market Street Boutique.
Owner Kimberly Jackson said she’s dedicated to offering her customers truly unique goods that can’t be found elsewhere locally.
“I won’t carry what everyone else carries,” she said.
The Hove Parfumeur line of fragrances, for example, is still made today by the Hove family in the French Quarter, and produces floral scents reminiscent of the tropical city: sweet olive, magnolia and gardenia. The collection is not widely sold outside of New Orleans, but Jackson knew about it from her days living in the Quarter.
Market Street Boutique’s grand opening and ribbon cutting is (was)Friday, April 19. In preparation, the charming store has added a new sign and elegantly decorated windows to the Market Street streetscape. Inside, antique display cases and cabinets display Jackson’s unique wares.
Town officials say Market Street Boutique is a welcome addition to downtown.
“Ms. Jackson has done a wonderful job decorating the store,” Mayor Bruce Morrison said.
Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Rafter thinks the new store makes downtown a one-stop place for shoppers.
“Anything you need for an evening out can be found downtown now. Since prom is about to happen, you can get your dress at Scher’s, your corsage at Enchanted Florist and both your cosmetics and jewelry at Market Street Boutique,” she said.
Jackson carries a privately labeled line of cosmetics that includes foundation, shadows, lipsticks and skin treatments, and she’ll do custom makeovers upon request, a first for the town.
She also offers three-piece jewelry sets for proms or weddings starting at $15.
Women’s hats are a featured item at the eclectic boutique in dressy styles appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride or a festive day at The Preakness. Amy Butler organic cotton handbags and totes greet the shopper with strong bursts of color, and Mad Style watches and patent leather bags are sleek and contemporary offerings.
In what she calls her second “secret” business, Jackson offers trained mastectomy fittings for women who have suffered with breast cancer.
“Customer service is huge to me. You have to work with people, see what they need, and try to get it for them,” she said.
Morrison said Jackson took advantage of the town’s low-interest loan program to get her business off the ground.
“It’s a low-interest loan for anyone who wants to start a new business in downtown Pocomoke,” he said. “It comes from the state and is to help revitalize downtowns.”
In choosing Pocomoke City for her business, Jackson, who is originally from Virginia but lived in “a lot of different places,” wanted to get closer to family and back to a simpler lifestyle. She and her husband recently purchased a home downtown.
“We were looking for something not so congested. And Pocomoke is the friendliest town on the Shore,” she said. “Everyone’s been very welcoming. It’s such a quaint town.”