From now through our spring Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.
Back in 1997, when Quirks of Art was known as Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine, this shop was a bright, funky spot in a town known for its colonial look and feel. The store received local and national accolades in its first few years, helping it become a hot spot for locals from the beginning.
Renamed to Quirks of Art in 2011, store owner Jennifer Raines keeps the store stocked with beautiful, unique pieces of art from across the country. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, or yourself, check out Quirks’ inventory of handmade jewelry, pottery, hand painted glass, local art and clothing. And if you need a daily dose of Quirk when you can’t make it by the shop to explore its collection, check out the store’s blog. It’s chock full of recipes, DIY, store products and other little tidbits that are sure to brighten your day.
To learn more about Quirks of Art, continue reading its profile below.
Business Name: Quirks of Art
Owner: Jennifer Raines
Shop Local Day Deal: With any $100 purchase, receive a FREE whimsical clock (valued at $59).
With any $50 purchase, receive a FREE hand-painted wine glass (valued at $25).
Store information: Quirks of Art is located at The Shops at High Street, 1430 High Street #709, Williamsburg. The store is open daily from “noonish to 8ish.”
Fun Fact: Quirks of Art’s store dog is Zack. Be sure to give him a scratch behind the ears if you see him running around.
What does “shop local” mean to you?
“Shop Local means that when consumers have a choice of where to spend their money, that they choose to spend it at locally-owned shops, restaurants, hardware stores, etc,” says Jennifer Raines. “It is important because independent, locally-owned businesses create character in our communities, and give back at a higher rate than chains. Yet, they are going out of business at an alarming rate. Without this grassroots movement, main streets will eventually completely die out and be totally replaced with strip malls full of big-box chain stores…YUCK!”
Tell us about your participation in the last Shop Local Day.
“I was absolutely thrilled with last year’s Shop Local Day,” says Raines. “We had a 319% increase on that day over the previous year. I appreciate so much the fact that a local bank spent their resources trying to help out the little guys, like me. I appreciated it so much, that I relocated my banking to Chesapeake Bank, and I’ve been very happy with their service. I truly believe that consumers are beginning to really grasp the positive impact of their decisions as it relates to choosing to spend their hard-earned dollars with locally-owned, independent small businesses, retailers, and restaurants. Thank you to Chesapeake Bank and all of our loyal customers!”