Thursday, August 7, 2014

Frederick Faces: Dana McCormick

“I always said I would like to own a downtown shop and it became reality,” said Dana McCormick, owner of The Little Pottery Shop (117 N. East Street). Although Dana had always wanted to own his own shop, his career path has taken him through many different areas before doing so. After Dana graduated from Penn State University, he had a variety of experiences that include a courier service, a major airline, environmental monitoring, and retail experience, all of which he believes made an impact on his decision to buy the pottery shop.

Though The Little Pottery Shop has been in business for years, Dana is new to the Downtown Frederick merchant community. Dana purchased the shop in April and has been heartily welcomed by the other Shab Row business owners, which ultimately is what has made having a business in Downtown Frederick enjoyable for him. “The Shab Row businesses are like a family and always willing to lend a hand or business advice.  We work together to support each other and never miss an opportunity to laugh and have some fun,” he said. 

With the help of his Shab Row family, Dana has continued the success of The Little Pottery Shop. The store focuses on unique, handcrafted pottery in anything from a sponge holder to large, gallery-quality vases. They also carry gift and art items such as hand-blown glass, jewelry, candles, original art and photography, and wooden bowls and canes. One of Dana’s greatest pleasures in his job is the “never ending process of finding new artists or adding new items to an existing collection,” he said, adding, “There is a lot of satisfaction from selecting items and having customers liking what they see.”

When he’s not in the store or scouting new artists to feature in his shop, Dana loves gardening. “It helps me relax and forget about things as I play in the dirt,” he claims. Once everything in his garden is tended to and he heads inside, Dana enjoys sitting down to watch college football, as many Penn State grads do. 

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