As Stage 1 of Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery begins at 5 p.m. today, Friday, May 15, don’t expect hoards of shoppers taking to downtown Chestertown, and don’t expect that all the stores that can open, will open.

Stage 1 does not include sit-down service in bars and restaurants, which will be introduced in Stage 2. 

Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday the parameters for an incremental reopening of the state’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some stores will have limited hours and some may have decided they’re not quite ready to open, or need more time to plan a reopening.

“This is a soft opening,” said Chestertown Mainstreet Manager Kay MacIntosh. 

She said some stores are waiting until tomorrow to open, and hours may be limited.

Music Life will be open from 5 – 6:30 p.m. tonight and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Finishing Touch will open at 9:30 a.m Saturday and resume normal hours.

Mimi’s Closet will open at 10 a.m, Saturday.

Bad Alfred’s has considered opening from 5 – 8 p.m. tonight and 12 – 8 p.m. Saturday,  for carryout only. Best to call and verify, (443) 282-0163.

Tiny Tots is expected to open at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Bee Crafty will open Saturday 10 – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11-3 p.m.

Tish Fine Art Plus will resume weekend hours starting Saturday 10 – 1 p.m. and from 3-6 p.m. Sunday hours are from 12 – 4 p.m.

The BookPlate remains closed and is open for online business only.

Twiggs and Teacups is available for ordering by phone or email with curbside pickup or shipping.  Walk-in shopping by appointment only Monday through Saturday.  Visit us on facebook and instagram  Email:  and phone 410 778-1708.  Thank you   Erin Heckles

Angela’s Cottage remains closed.

Atlantek  Computers is open by appointment only.

The schedules are subject to change, please check with the retailers to verify hours. This list may also not include all the businesses that are open or closed and the status could have changed for the businesses listed since this post.