Downtown Chestertown Favorites

By Brooke Schultz

Elm Staff Writer


Maybe you need a little retail therapy or could go for some food that isn’t from the dining hall. Whatever it is you need, there are some great places to go in downtown Chestertown.

Only a short walk or drive from campus, students can take a break after classes and check out some of these gems. The staff of The Elm voted on their favorite places downtown. Below are the staffers’ winning picks.


Restaurant: The Lemon Leaf Café  Chestertown's best Lemon Leaf2. by Anastasia Laurenzo

If you’re trying to think of somewhere to eat and are tired of Hodson, the Lemon Leaf Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The quaint little restaurant was created by JR Alfree who grew up in Maryland. He named the restaurant after a nickname his friends called him when he used lemons and lemon leaves to decorate a dinner table.

The Lemon Leaf’s chicken and dumplings are a signature dish, and many of the recipes were passed down through generations. The menu has a variety of different influences and tastes, and it is all relatively affordable.

The Lemon Leaf is located at 337 High St and reservations can be made at 443-282-0004.

Salon: Emily’s Chestertown's best Emily's.byAnastasiaLaurenzo

If you’re in need of a haircut or just want to be pampered for a day, Emily’s Salon is the place for you. Located at 601 Washington Ave, Suite 2, the salon offers hair coloring and cutting, manicures, pedicures, ear-piercing, and will soon be available for tanning.

The salon’s goal is to give each customer quality service, but at competitive prices. You can make appointments at 410-778-2868 and check out their website to find out more about prices and services.


Boutique: Twigs & TeacupsChestertown's best Twig&Teacups.byAnastasiaLaurenzo

If you feel like splurging on something but don’t know quite what, Twigs & Teacups is the perfect place to shop.

On 111 S. Cross St, Twigs & Teacups offers a multitude of eclectic things. Ice Cream scented nail polish? Check. ANOKHI scarves? Check. Puzzles? Check.

In this small, one-of-a-kind shop, you can peruse cook books or find a game or toy for a young relative’s upcoming birthday. There are plenty of unusual and clever things with which to decorate your room. If you go around the holidays, you’re likely to find something perfectly fitted for the theme.

If you want to check out images of their products beforehand, you can go to Twigs & Teacups on Facebook. For other inquiries, call 410-778-1708.


Consignment: Empty HangersChestertown's best Empty Hangers2.byAnastasiaLaurenzo

Chestertown might not have malls or mainstream retail options, but a way to get around that and to not break the bank is to visit Empty Hangers at 114 S. Cross St.

The consignment store has gently-used and brand new clothing, shoes, and accessories, including brands like Free People, Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. Clothing ranges from newborn babies to size 16 and new things come in frequently.

Beyond that, Empty Hangers also carries pictures, household items, and books. Everything comes at affordable prices.

Owner Barbara Kostick said, “Our saying around here is ‘Your favorite place to shop,’ because we hear it all the time.”

For more information on Empty Hangers, you can call them at 410-778-1300 or check out their website:

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