New Businesses Add Vitality to Downtown Lansdowne

Independent Businesses Provide Exciting Options for Dining, Shopping

By Kellie Bowker

Heffernan’s Little Craft Shop opened in November of last year at 12 S. Lansdowne Avenue. In 2008, Teresa Heffernan started making soaps in her basement and selling them at local craft shows and in her Etsy store. She opened a brick and mortar store in Prospect Park in 2016. In November, she moved it to Lansdowne, drawn by the proximity to the train station, the walkability of the town, the many art events, and the friendliness of the people as well as the assistance she has received from the LEDC. In the short time she has been here, she has created a space that feels warm and welcoming. Her store features seasonal home décor items, jewelry, candles, and her homemade soaps. Teresa is looking to add more local artists, as well as hosting in-store crafts for kids on Saturdays and Ladies’ Night Out events. Heffernan’s has a very active Facebook presence, and Theresa generously shares directions for many simple holiday crafts and treats on her page.

Heffernan’s Little Craft Shop joins a number of independent businesses that have recently opened on Lansdowne Avenue, south of Baltimore:

Jamey’s House of Music, 32 S. Lansdowne Ave, hosts a variety of musical acts on Friday and Saturday nights (along with reasonably priced food), as well as a Blues Brunch on Sundays ( and Facebook).

Kia’s Cakes, a long time favorite at the Farmers Market, now has her own café at 16 S. Lansdowne Avenue where she serves her delicious, fromscratch baked goods, coffee and tea, and a few savory dishes ( and Facebook).

Crystal’s Comfort Food at 7 S. Lansdowne Avenue serves traditional soul food like wings, macaroni and cheese, fried fish and, stuffed chicken breast ( and Facebook).

If you haven’t had an opportunity yet, stop by and check out these exciting, varied additions to our town.