November-December 2009 | A FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACE

A FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACE
A FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACEA FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACEA FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACEA FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACEA FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACE

ARTISTICALLY SPEAKING

A FAMILIAR FACE FINDS A NEW PLACE

Patty and Blair Falck have moved TaDa, one of Berlin’s most popular attractions, to Main Street

Written By: | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

A fresh start. A change of space. A re-creation. However you look at it, the marriage of two fine stores – TaDa, of Berlin and Blair Elizabeth, formerly of Rehoboth Beach, represents nothing short of an inspiring example of growth within a business and a creative family.
 
When Patty Falck first opened TaDa 13 years ago, in its original space at 18 William Street, Berlin, she knew that this was her opportunity to put her artistic talents to use – to sell her own creations in her individually designed space. What she didn’t know was that this store would soon become a popular destination for area residents, visitors and business travelers to shop for unique gifts, art and accessories. She certainly never dreamed that Julia Roberts would shop not once, but several times in her store – to the extent of holding up production of the movie Runaway Bride while she worked her way through the treasures at TaDa.
 
A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Patty’s professional creative background has been molded from her experience owning a local advertising agency, her work in interior design  – both residential and commercial – and nine years of teaching art at Worcester Preparatory School. Her art spans unique and whimsical painted glass to originals and prints of true-to-life photographic quality paintings, as well as contemporary sea life images. Patty’s definition of art is “having an emotional connection with an item – whether it’s a painting, sculpture or a piece of jewelry – so that it either excites you, inspires you or evokes a memory.”
 
When asked about one of her most memorable pieces of art, Patty speaks fondly of a project that she completed in 1966, when she was a freshman in college –  a pencil drawing of an old pair of workboots that she bought for less than one dollar. An old pair 
of workboots. Even at the young age of 17, she was inspired by something so simple. That pencil drawing was published in The Baltimore Sun.
 
Recently, Patty, her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Blair, have reinvented a space on Main Street in Berlin that was once a grocery store, a law office and even a bank. Now, 18 N. Main Street is the home to TaDa, in its newest form, showcasing the impressive art of Patty and Blair – while the interior space also highlights the architectural talents of builder, Steve Falck. Now the whole family will be working together under one roof, allowing Patty and Blair more time to create, which will please all fans of TaDa and Blair Elizabeth. 
 
Visit TaDa at 18 N. Main Street to explore the creative world of the Falck family. From Patty’s artwork to Blair’s stunning hand-crafted and personally designed jewelry – the store is a gallery turned retail experience. TaDa is also host to an array of other household gifts and accessories, baby items, handbags, rugs and more – all original and exciting enough to dwell in the company of the Falck creations. 
 
One on-line reviewer wrote of TaDa as a place where you can find a “housewarming gift that will not be duplicated anywhere else.” For sure, this is an accurate statement.  
 
 
TaDa, 410-641-4430
www.shoptada.com
 


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