MSNBC Profiles Maplewood Family Business

Alchemy Hour, owned by the Harvey family, is spotlighted in a segment on family-run businesses.


Clearly, MSNBC likes Maplewood Village.

The network's "Your Business" program recently profiled Alchemy Hour, the clothing store on Baker Street in Maplewood, on its Sunday morning show.

It is the second time in just a few months that the network has spotlighted local businesses. MSNBC's producers met and interviewed the shop's owner, Janean Harvey, when they were filming a segment on Maplewood Village for Small Business Saturday back in November. They were particularly interested in Harvey's backstory: her parents, John and Helen, investors in the store, were retail veterans who formerly owned Freeman's Fish Market on Maplewood Avenue.

The senior Harveys said in the video they helped to launch Alchemy Hour because they knew Janean's idea had great potential and was a smart investment. It seems their instincts were spot on: the store has been so successful, the Harveys recently opened Alchemy Hour Men's next door.

Helen told Patch that the way the store came into being was "magical." She said she initially had a dollar figure in mind of what start-up costs would be. Coincidentally, as they were in the planning stages, they received a letter about an old insurance policy  -- and the amount in the policy was the same number they had hoped to spend opening the shop.

"It's like the universe was saying yes," said Helen.

Janean said she is grateful for the television coverage. "I think that MSNBC did a really great job at showing the store," said Janean. "I thought that all of the shots of the product and the outside of the store looked great."

Lee Navlen February 06, 2013 at 10:25 PM
This is great!!!
John Harvey February 13, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Carolyn, a correction - Alchemy Hour is not owned by the Harvey Family, but Janean. While we provided some initial funding as a loan we (and Janean) are treating the funding as a loan not an investment. We thought this was an important distinction in helping Janean develop as an entrepreneur. Yes, she does make loan payments. Thanks for the article - John
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi February 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Apologies, John, and thank you for pointing that out!


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