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Mob The Merchant: Joseph's, Dark Sea Glass

Havre de Grace Main Street's Mob The Merchant initiative continues Saturday.

When he hears from visitors patronizing his store, Eli Silverstein said there's a common thread.

"We had a store like this my hometown," visitors tell the owner of in Havre de Grace.

The key word: had.

Stores like Joseph's simply don't exist anymore. But in Havre de Grace, the clothing store is still running after all these years.

"Business has gotten more difficult today than I can every remember. It's really tough for a small business," Silverstein said. "We could not be in business without the fact that we own the building. If I had to pay the going rate for rent at a mall, we couldn’t exist. It’s tough. It’s really tough."

Silverstein has seen more businesses come and go than most property owners in Havre de Grace.

"Havre de Grace has a lot going for it, with regard to the location on the water, we have a lot of really fine restaurants," Silverstein said. "I’m hearing from a lot of people that have moved into Bulle Rock. The new people in town are very downtown oriented. They’re supporting us. They go into the Vineyard, Laurrapin Grille and the other restaurants."

Silverstein hopes on Saturday they'll patronize and —which are being mobbed by Havre de Grace Main Street.

The Mob The Merchant event hits both downtown businesses Saturday morning, in an attempt to drive a high volume of traffic into the shops.

The mob starts at Josephs—at 122 North Washington St.—at 9:30 a.m., followed by a visit to —at 358 Pennington Ave.—at 10 a.m.

Patch placed calls to Dark Sea Glass but did not hear back.

from local photographer , which features some of the shop's fine work.

TELL US: Are you planning to join the mob on Saturday? Leave a comment.

g37hotshot September 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Who's idea was it to make the "mobbings" first thing in the morning for a Saturday? More people would probably join in if it were at a more reasonable time. I am assuming the glass shop opened at a special time considering you timed their mob at 10:00am and their store hours start at 11:00am.
Sean Welsh September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Interesting thought—What time would you suggest? -Sean
Billee Smith September 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Yes the Dark Sea Glass opened a bit early for us to Mob them in association with Joseph's and Paul was happy to do whatever it was to bring new exposure to his business. One of the reason's for the morning Mobbing is that with the activity of the Farmer's Market and everyone that is already downtown for that it creates a bigger exposure for the video taping and although not everyone is up at 10am on Saturday, a great deal of folks did make it out and the start time is just that a start and the mobbing continued all day but the video taping takes place at that time. Hopefully we will see you the next mobbing, which will take place on October 6th (normally it is scheduled for the second Saturday, but with Graw Days Festival it is moved up a week) Locations to be announced soon! Await details!!
Katie September 18, 2012 at 03:28 AM
The farmer's market is a good idea... I, myself, have missed every mob the merchant because I am a lazy youth that loves sleep too much. But that isn't everyone! I totally wanted to do the Dark Sea Glass mob too, I loooove that place. Maybe they should extend the Mob the Merchant hours rather than move the time completely?

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