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Independent businesses flourishing on the Broadneck Peninsula – Capital Gazette

September 18, 2018 | In:

Arnold resident Paige Bradtmueller is only 8-years-old, and one of the youngest independent business owners on the Broadneck Peninsula.

She started her business, Fidget Stones by Paige when, “we were sitting at the table with some clay,” her mom, Gillian Bradtmueller said. “She was just creating.”

Gillian said to her “I can post them online,” and they just took off.

Paige said, fidget stones are clay disks “with a thumb print in the center that you rub when you are stressed, have anxiety and so much more. It helps to calm and relax the mind and body.”

Paige creates customized Fidget Stones, and sells them to area merchants such as E.L. Company, 4530 Mountain Road in Pasadena, We Rock the Spectrum 160 Ritchie Highway Suite A-3 (Earleigh Heights Plaza), Severna Park, and 1st Class Gymnastics, 451 Defense Hwy. in Annapolis as well as creating custom orders.

In addition to her stones and keychains, she recently branched into necklaces for when a fidgetier doesn’t have keys or pockets. That would allow users to wear fidget stones around their neck and it will always be there for when they need it.

Fidget stones are much more acceptable to teachers when their students need to fidget, Paige said. That is because “They are the perfect size to put into your pocket, purse, wallet, just about anywhere you need one handy.” They don’t create a disruption such as the recently popular fidget spinners.

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