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Friday, March 22, 2013

Local Love: Introducing Twisted Sisters

Never underestimate the potential of a girl with a dream and a mitre saw. Meet Annapolis's own Shannon Haddaway and her boundless ideas, talent and her mantra that when life gives you hands, you should make handmade. What she can create with reclaimed lumber is nothing short of extraordinary. Lucky for locals, she packed her paint and potential and teamed up with her sister Christine (the design genius) and dear friend Tricia (the talent seeker) to open the bay area's newest destination of all things handcrafted, Twisted Sisters.

They had me at the wooden sign outside: all you need is love. Open the freshly painted door and you instantly feel the love and joy that radiates through every thoughtful inch of the shop. Every item they sell is handmade in the United States, with the majority being made in Maryland or directly from their workshop in the back by Shannon herself.

Walking into the shop is like going to a (stylish) best friend's home, you feel instantly welcome and all of your senses warmed. Not to mention that you may never want to leave, but not without picking out a great find or two for everyone you adore (just follow the rule of one for me, one for you). The shop features local art, pottery made in basements, jewelry made from wine bottles, vintage furniture, custom made signs, all natural creams and lotions, just to name a few with more items arriving daily.

Please hop into my Easter basket...
One for you, one for me...
The frame that started it all.

After having her third baby girl, Shannon was in search of her niche. She thought deeply about not only what her dream was but why she wasn't chasing it. "I was in a shop and saw a frame and thought, I can do that." And that is where her hopes came into reality, with a saw in her backyard, that was upgraded soon after and several more tools and vibrant paint cans followed. Shannon states, "It hit me like a ton of bricks that this is what I am supposed to do."

Twisted Sisters is a celebration of all things beautiful, handmade by incredible, gracious talent. My three-year old's favorite is a felt pink owl perfect for Easter baskets made by Gentry Night Studios in nearby Landover ( It is too difficult for me to pick just one favorite from the hanging pom-poms to the hand towels to the coat hangers; it is more than enough to make you want to pour a glass of locally made wine and stay awhile.

You are welcome to swing by and do just that at the grand opening on March 23rd. The happy door opens at 10 a.m. with festivities all day. Muffins and coffee in the morning, Great Frog (you guessed it- a local Annapolis winery) will be doing a wine tasting at 1 p.m. and from 1:30-3:30 delicious appetizers by Michelle Sapp will be served. Twisted Sisters will also be open this Sunday at 10 a.m. and the normal business hours will be Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the occasional Sunday trunk show to feature new artists. You can find them online at by phone 410-279-3558 or in person at 21 B Riverview Annapolis, Maryland. Feel free to e-mail for custom orders or if you are an artist that would like to showcase your work at their store.

What are Shannon's tips for everyone out there with a similar dream? "Go with your gut. Go with your heart. If you aren't going to do it now, then when?"

With her own two hands...

the dreamer dreamed in bright beautiful color

with a sister, a friend, imagination, a mitre saw and a whole lot of soul.

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