Rising Stars: Samantha Arrow - Stylish Reimaginer of Vintage and New
By Tracey F. Johns
Samantha Arrow of Rock Hall has risen from her days of waiting tables and working for other people to shine as the owner, artist, and designer behind Walnut & Wool — a clothing, furniture, vintage, and décor shop located on Chestertown’s High Street and now online at walnutandwool.com.
Arrow’s career in furniture and styling began while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She was waiting tables and working for a retailer as an in-house painter, thrifting and refinishing furniture and drawn to salvaged pieces with “nice bones.”
“I knew this is what I wanted to do full-time,” says Arrow. “I started working in an artisan’s booth and ended up working in a new position transforming furniture with custom finishes and paint.”
These skills, along with Arrow’s photography and business studies at SCAD, have developed the creativity and styling behind Walnut & Wool’s merchandising and branding.
Arrow grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, with her family, and moved to Maryland five years ago during a stopover at her parents’ small farm outside of Chestertown, while contemplating a career move. She had loved living in New York City and never considered her visit permanent.
“Then I met James a few months after moving here, and that changed this city-person to living the small-town life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” says Arrow. They now live in Rock Hall.
She began working on the Eastern Shore with a workshop in Chestertown and started painting furniture on consignment. Arrow was then encouraged to expand into clothing and began carrying fashion accessories, including vintage hats, as part of her offerings.
Arrow opened Walnut & Wool in Chestertown in 2018 and is now located in an expanded space at 321 High Street. Walnut & Wool recently added vintage décor to its offerings, with gifts and a complete mix of new and vintage-styled pieces available for a fresh look.
“I love to bring out the potential in the pieces that I refinish and style, vintage and new. And I find enormous rewards in knowing every person that has one of my pieces is touched by my art.”
Arrow says she expanded her business three weeks before the shutdown and couldn’t have succeeded without the support of a small town.
“The town has been great,” she says. “They wanted to make sure business owners made it through and set up a website to buy gift cards for local businesses. Something you wouldn’t see in a big city.”
Walnut & Wool
321 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Hours: Every day but Tuesday