Chuckletown Productions Opens in ‘Hotel Cape Chuck’

Charlene Dix and Laurie Klingle, creators of Chuckletown Co. unique mementoes (Wave photo)

Charlene Dix and Laurie Klingle, creators of Chuckletown Productions unique mementos (Wave photo)

Cape Charles Wave

May 29, 2014

What is Chuckletown Productions? Everyone seemed to be asking this question before the store’s grand opening the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.

What is Chuckletown’s mission? Create cool stuff. Walking into Charlene Dix and Laurie Klingle’s shop on Mason Avenue you can see they created plenty of cool stuff. And I don’t mean created as a loose term — Charlene and Laurie came up with nearly all of the designs sold on their items.

“Every other design here comes out of our heads. All of the ideas and layouts and little phrases and such are Chuckletown Designs,” explained Laurie. When asked about the essence of Chuckeltown, employee Staige Goffigon answered, “It’s really cool how they came up with the sayings on all the t-shirts and everything themselves. Everything is really original and casual.”


Why a dog with a mustache? As the proud owner of a Boston terrier, Laurie explained, “We wanted to have a logo that was catchy, and that was all ages.” Charlene added, “We want to be family friendly, but still sophisticated.”

halfshell150Charlene and Laurie describe their design style as “clean and chic with a retro flair — mixing in some old school stuff is a lot of fun.” Among products like reprints of vintage Cape Charles post cards, the store features many local artisans. Laurie and Charlene say they plan to include more. Customers can purchase Shore Girls Bath Co. soaps and products, coffee from the Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Company, Liz Watson’s Bayside Seaside necklace, Scottie Rittenhouse’s artwork on t-shirts, Laurie’s original handmade jewelry, Ned Brinkley’s bird book, and photography by Gordon Campbell and Ron Wrucke.

On the ground floor of Hotel Cape Charles, the shop will be a great destination for tourists and locals who visit Cape Charles — or make that Cape Chuck!




7 Responses to “Chuckletown Productions Opens in ‘Hotel Cape Chuck’”

  1. Beth Ann Sabo on May 29th, 2014 7:17 am

    Welcome, welcome!

  2. Ron Wrucke on May 29th, 2014 7:21 am

    All the best to Chuckletown! And welcome back, Sarah — great article!

  3. Tammy Holloway on May 29th, 2014 12:13 pm

    Not at all surprised to see the creativity Charlene and Laurie have brought to Mason Ave (they are among a group of other very creative and friendly shop owners), and I know we will send Bay Haven Inn guests their way throughout the summer — in fact I better get in there and get a few things before the town explodes with visitors! Best of luck ladies!

  4. Laura Pare' on May 29th, 2014 12:17 pm

    We always called it Cape Chas! Welcome to the new store, a wonderful addition to “Main Street.” Always love to see new businesses open here. Have a great season!

  5. Kathleen Peirson on May 30th, 2014 1:18 am

    Wishing you nothing but the best of luck! Sounds like a great place. Can’t wait to come see you.

  6. Debbie Suddeth on May 30th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Can’t wait to see your stuff!!!

  7. Laurie Klingel on June 3rd, 2014 8:36 am

    Thanks to everyone for your kind words and show of support. We are indeed excited to be a part of the Mason Avenue and are looking forward to a busy summer!