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New Business Q&A - A Whimsical Place

November 25, 2002

Owners: Michael and Alice Jensen.

Address: 5 E. Main St., Thurmont.

Opening date: Nov. 16.

Products and services: Gifts including works by area artisans, decorating services and in-home decorating, custom-made furniture, shelves, tables, home decor, mantles, antiques, glassware and candles.

Market area: Thurmont, Frederick, Hagerstown, Gettysburg, Waynesboro and Emmitsburg.

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I started by making and painting products for other merchants and their stores. Then my husband encouraged me to do shows. Every show - my customers would ask 'Where's your shop?' "

Number of employees: Five.

Store hours: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Web site: www.persnickety.net

Telephone: 1-301-271-2462.

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