Thursday, July 31, 2014

Frederick Faces: Michele Patton and Lisa Henry

Michele and Lisa

Michele Patton and her sister Lisa had always talked about opening a home-oriented store together, but their dream became a reality in May 2008 when the pair opened Home Essentials of Frederick (38 E. Patrick Street). As Michele and Lisa both settled down from various retail careers and living all over the country, the sisters decided to pursue their interest in home-goods and their lifelong dream of opening a business together. Michele explains, “The timing was right, the place was right (Frederick!), and here we are!”

Home Essentials of Frederick is a unique gift store where customers can pick up items from a variety of categories, including home, garden, glassware and kitchen serveware, baby, jewelry, and pet. Many customers shop for both gifts to give and items for their own home. 

When asked about their favorite aspect of their job and working in Downtown Frederick, their answers were one and the same. Michele and Lisa love the variety of their jobs and atmosphere that comes along with having their business in downtown Frederick. “The downtown community is so supportive of our shop…we love visiting with everyone that stops by,” says Lisa. Michele agreed, stating, “We looked several places but loved how downtown feels…. great music, great restaurants, great shops, and a strong local community…..all interested in keeping Frederick low key but vibrant at the same time.” Michele also added, “And we have LOTS of dog visitors… which is so entertaining!” 

It’s not surprising that visitors of the four-legged variety are one of Michele’s favorite aspects of the job; both she and Lisa are strong dog rescue supporters. Lisa has three rescue dogs while Michele has two, with the addition of Stella occurring in just the past month. In addition to their devotion to their business and their dogs, Michelle and Lisa love spending time gardening and gathering with their family. Luckily, they have the opportunity to enjoy them all!

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