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“Community and people are key,” Jonnette Kraft said. “Treat them right and they’ll treat your right.”
Kraft has owned the Smoking Dog cigar shop for nine years, almost all of that time in Maple Shade.
“We offer hand rolled premium cigars with experts to help you enrich your experience,” she said.
Kraft served for 21 years in the Army National Guard and Air National Guard and it was there she was turned on to cigars.
While she was on duty at the Fresh Kills Landfill there was a group of military and other personnel that would smoke cigars together and they introduced her to the art of cigar smoking.
“It was quite funny when I came home on my day off and told my husband we had a new hobby – smoking cigars,” Kraft said. “He was shocked because I hated smoking.
“I had to explain to him this is so much different,” she added. “It is a relaxing meditative breathing not really smoking at all.”
Kraft said she would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business here.
“This community is very supportive,” she said. “The township is very supportive and that is huge.”
Kraft said the greatest challenge the Maple Shade Business Association faces is “big government hurting small business.”
“Big government hurts us with their rules and regulations,” she said. “They project their morality on us as a business.
“People enjoy having a cigar once in a while and it is not up to the government to regulate us out of existence or tax us to the point that the state and tobacco businesses lose money to Pennsylvania and Delaware,” Kraft added. “The sin tax and regulations are not equal in anyway with any other business.
“They attack legal substances,” she continued. “If they hated them so much make them illegal.”
Kraft said the MSBA is not affected by the regulations she mentioned.
“I am sure our association is not in jeopardy from big government as it is very well run and everyone does a great job working together in the township,” she said. “I really am so glad we opened our doors in Maple Shade – everyone has always been so supportive.”
Kraft grew up in Kansas and Texas and graduated from Sweetwater, Texas.
She and her family have called Westampton home “for 20 lovely years.”
In her spare time, Kraft enjoys gardening, art, quilting, knitting, and smoking cigars.
Owner and creative director at Amped to Dance Dana Marie Randolph said the most important thing she’s learned when it comes to business is persistence.
“Never give up,” she said. “Even when enrollment is low and quotas are missed as long as I keep believing and working towards the vision everything will work out.
“I can’t give up because there is no plan B,” Randolph added. “I must continue to put everything I have in making the dream I have a reality.”
Amped to Dance opened in Maple Shade in July of this year.
“I’ve been professionally training in various styles of dance since the age four,” Randolph said. “After years of teaching at community centers in Philadelphia my passion for music, movement, and teaching collided together as the vision of helping people express themselves through dance came to life.”
So, what’s unique about her business?
“Amped to Dance is the dance studio where passion meets movement,” Randolph said. “We pride ourselves on fostering self-confidence and creativity through dance in each and every person we encounter.
“Amped to Dance is more than a business, even more than a dance school,” she added. “We are a place that encourages self-expression, healing, and love through creative arts.”
Randolph said she would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business here “because the town is very welcoming.” Also, she said It was a fairly simple process to get started.
She said it has been pleasant being a member of the Maple Shade Business Association.
“I am a member of MSBA because I’d like to learn and grow as a business owner in this town,” Randolph said. “I want to ensure the success of my business and what better way to be a part of a community of like-minded people.
“There are also so many qualities that I possess that may meet the needs of my fellow business owners,” she added.
Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a BA in communications and Lincoln University with a MEd degree.
She said she and her family have lived in Maple Shade since May 2019.
In her spare time, Randolph enjoys spending quality, “silly” time with her family, exploring new restaurants, reading, and writing.