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Red Door Boutique expands crafting repertoire

Danielle Ryan

(5/30) If youíre looking for a fun way to be creative with your friends, come on down to the Red Door Boutique, located in Taneytown, for some awesome craft classes!

Emily Graham, owner of the Red Door, is in the process of re-focusing her business strategy, offering more craft and art classes. She is creating more of a "hybridized" business; still maintaining the retail aspect of the store, while offering an expanded repertoire of classes. When Graham opened the Red Door back in 2015, her vision for the future of the business included offering more classes for locals wishing to learn different art forms while offering a place for people to have fun and be creative. She has thus far enjoyed teaching her paper craft classes, and in the past has offered paper wreath classes, altered book creations, personalized card making, scrapbooking and crafts for all holidays. Graham will continue teaching craft classes, but had a desire to expand the repertoire of classes offered.

Recently, Graham has brought two locals on board to teach painting and crocheting classes, and so far both have been successful. The painting classes are taught in a similar style/fashion to paint nights. Light refreshments and wine are offered while participants enjoy creating their own masterpieces. The next painting class will be held June 21st at 2:30 p.m., so sign up today before it fills up. Crochet classes are also offered for those wishing to learn how to crochet, those wishing to learn new crocheting techniques, or those who want to meet other crochet enthusiasts in the community.

"Both parties benefit from these classes," said Graham. She is able to host the classes in her store, bringing potentially new customers in who may not have visited or heard about the Red Door before. The instructors of the classes benefit because not only do they profit from the classes, but they also are able to showcase their talent while creating and teaching in a fun environment. Graham has had several new customers while offering these classes. Not only does she advertise the classes and events on her Facebook page and website, but the instructors advertise them on their social media as well, further spreading the word.

Graham said that she is always looking for ideas for new classes as she hopes to continually update and find more interesting crafts to make. She is also open to hosting larger, private classes. If a group of, ideally, six or more is interested in participating in one of the classes, but are unable to make one of the scheduled classes, Graham is more than willing to work to find a time for the group to come in and take the class.

Apart from the classes, Graham has also been offering Ladies Night Out. This event takes place every other month, and is a new event Graham is trying out. Ladies Night Out, as the name implies, is a night for the girls. The event offers a variety of local vendors as well as wine and food. This event has been consistently growing since it started back in February, and Graham hopes to see it continue to grow, because it really is a fun night for the girls! Drop by on June 16 at 7 p.m. for a fun night with the ladies.

If crafting classes arenít your thing, but you would like to spend an afternoon with your friends enjoying some local craft and food vendors, then Super Saturday may be more your style. Super Saturdays are monthly events being held throughout the summer from 9 a.m. Ė 3 p.m.. The Red Door Boutique holds this event to feature local vendors offering unique products, food and services. Super Saturdays last year were successful, and Graham hopes they will grow even more this year. Super Saturdays will be held on June 26, July 8, and August 19, so make sure you drop by to check it out! Also, if you or someone you may know is interested in being a vendor feel free to contact Emily for more information at emily@reddoortaneytown.com or visit her website www.reddoortaneytown.com.

In the future, Graham hopes to continue offering a wide variety of classes and events. There may possibly be a floral arrangement class in the works, or even a photography class. Customers have inquired about both so Graham is working to make them happen. If you havenít visited the Red Door yet, stop by and check it out! Store hours have changed a bit and the store is open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

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