Business is booming in Princess Anne

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On Thursday, state, county and town leaders got together in Princess Anne to celebrate a recent economic boom in the town.

Carrie Samis, the Director of Princess Anne Main Street said, “We’re having new events and programs, new businesses opening, increased foot traffic, it’s exciting to see.”

In just 18 months, 9 businesses opened up their doors in downtown Princess Anne.

Samis said, “A lot of them are owned and operated by women people of color and immigrants.”

Orlena Wilkes is one of those business owners. She opened up her store, O Grace and Glory Boutique, last December and now, her husband is opening up another business right next door.

Wilkes said, “My husband is opening up Squeaky’s Cafe, which is wonderful. That will bring more people downtown.”

The boom in business all started at the Washington Inn & Tavern.

Samis said, “Having the Washington Inn here is key.”

The Washington Inn, built back in 1744, was fixed up and reopened three years ago, sparking significant economic growth throughout town.

Daniel Thompson, the Somerset County Economic Development Director said, “”So it’s kind of the anchor tenant.”

Samis said, “People like to eat for one, it’s great to have a place to stay right in town.”

Princess Anne business owners hope that Thursday’s recognition of the town’s economic growth will inspire more people to either visit town, or open up shop there.

Ian Fleming, Owner and Proprietor of the Washington Inn said, “When they see the quality of stores that are opening up here and they buy into that more and more, than this will become more and more of a destination in its own right.”

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