CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College merchandise is now available in downtown Chestertown, at the place where many Kent County residents pick up their newspapers, Scottie’s Shoe Store. The store’s owner/operator Anna Cole, known to her customers as “Miss Anna,” now sells College t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and Teddy bears.
Cole says she approached WC President Mitchell Reiss, one of her newspaper customers, about the idea, and he put her in touch with Shannon Wyble, the director of the WC Bookstore on campus, to work out the business arrangement. The first items went on display in early June. “Miss Anna is fantastic, completely enthusiastic about Washington College and what we’re doing here. She’s a wonderful supporter and I can’t talk about her enough,” states Wyble about the partnership.
Cole says her WC offerings are convenient for those who can’t get to the campus bookstore and that Scottie’s especially fills the void on summer weekends, when the campus bookstore is closed. “I thought College merchandise was needed downtown, and that the customers wanted this,” says Cole. A recent case in point was a Scottie’s customer from Florida who was thrilled to find a WC sweatshirt for her nephew, an incoming first-year student.
The Washington college paraphernalia that Scottie’s Shoe Store offers includes white t-shirts, gray sweatshirts, a vintage-look baseball cap, mugs, and teddy bears embroidered with “Someone At Washington College Loves Me.” So far, the best selling item is the classic t-shirt. Customers can also request other items from the WC line and campus bookstore staff will deliver them to Scottie’s, usually the same day.
Scottie’s is open for business Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Washington College bookstore summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the school year, the bookstore is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed on Sundays year round. For more information, contact Scottie’s at 410-778-4944 and the Washington College bookstore at 410-778-7749.
Photo: "Miss Anna" Cole shows off her best-selling WC item, the classic t-shirt.