Somers couple set to open new business aimed at reconnecting people post-COVID

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(Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

They have been married for a quarter century, raised seven kids together, co-run their own business and, after and a year spent together in COVID lockdown, were pleased to discover that they still enjoy each other’s company. So why not start another business together?

On June 5, Lisa and Anthony Laurenzano will open the doors to The Little House of Ceramics, a pottery studio the Somers couple hopes will serve as a community gathering place. “The people in Somers make it your home, so now we want to make this place their home,” Lisa explained. “A place to come out and get away after all this,” she said, referring to the stress of the pandemic.

The studio inside The Little House of Ceramics. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

Creating The Little House of Ceramics was a labor of love for Lisa and Anthony, and a way to keep their family connected. They built the space themselves, everything from sheetrock to painting, and have recruited their adult children to help run the business. The Laurenzano’s youngest children, 19-year-old twins, will manage the studio this summer while home from college.

A wall inside The Little House of Ceramics welcomes customers. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

This weekend, the Little House of Ceramics will host grand opening festivities. “We’re hoping for a lot of people,” said Lisa. “We’ll have all kinds of treats. We’ll raffle off $100 gift cards. Hopefully it’ll just be a lot of fun, happiness and smiles.” Anthony, along with the rest of the Laurenzano clan and extended family will be on hand to meet, greet and welcome patrons to what they hope will be Somers residents’ new home away from home.

The pottery studio will offer an array of services and activities for all ages, including summer camp, children’s parties, ladies’ nights, senior citizen specials and “neighbors’ night out,” an opportunity for community groups to reserve studio space after hours.

Studio space at The Little House of Ceramics (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

Summer camp will take place over two weeks this summer, with 3-hour morning or afternoon sessions incorporating ceramics, sand art, tie dying and other creative activities. “We’ll mix in different stuff so the kids don’t get bored,” said Lisa. The rate for a one-week session is just $100, a very intentional choice by the Laurenzanos to make camp accessible for as many people as possible.

“We wanted to do reasonable prices because everybody is struggling this year. People don't have a lot of money to spend on leisure activities,” said Lisa.

The Laurenzanos are confident that The Little House of Ceramics will offer something unique and valuable to the community—an affordable, relaxing place for people to convene and connect. “It’s going to be without a doubt the customer is always right,” said Lisa. “We want to be very accommodating.”

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