With an artistic flair, Jacqueline Maloney hopes to bring some life back to Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays with a new business, called Hampton Arts Space, which will open at 21 W. Montauk Highway on Valentine's Day.
"I really wanted to do something for my hometown," said Maloney, who graduated from Hampton Bays High School in 2006 and is a freelance illustration artist. "Research has been done that shows supporting the arts and creative-types in a community can improve the economy of that area."
With that in mind and feeling that Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays is starting to get a "depressing" feel to it with so many vacant storefronts, Maloney decided to rent one of those spots, open a business and "fight" to stay there in spite of the economy.
"My hope is to work with other businesses of Hampton Bays and help improve the state of our awesome East End town," she said. "There are too many vacant storefronts going in and out. It is like a domino affect."
Maloney, who has a degree from the Maryland Institute of College of Art and a background in business — she grew up working in her dad's hardware store, and worked at a pyop studio in Greeport, called Greenport Art and Design— believes she can accomplish great things.
Hampton Art Space, said Maloney is a hybrid business that will offer paint your own pottery daily and pottery painting parties for kids and adults. In addition, private art lessons in drawing and painting will be offered, as well as group art classes and other events.
"We will also offer a handmade gift boutique where customers can find unique handmade art pieces," said Maloney, who mentioned that art supplies will also be sold at the location.