Welcome to "Getting to Know," a user-driven video column that runs each Friday to get inside the heads of popular, new or quirky small businesses and their owners and staff.
This week's featured business is Tracy Theatre Originals, a custom costume, makeup, alterations, and theater supply shop at 70 High St. in Hampton.
Tracy Theatre Originals moved to Hampton in 1990, although its storied history goes back to the 1890s, when it was a music rental service in Boston.
Today, the shop focuses on the making the various tangible adornments that make plays, performances, parties and other costume-heavy productions really come alive. There are over 50,000 rental costumes in the store, as well as a variety of wigs, handmade custom props, special effects makeup and more available for sale.
The company, owned by Ann Carnaby since 1980, also will custom-make or duplicate various items and clothing. The bulk of the business comes from supplying wardrobe items for stage productions all over the country — roughly 120 productions a year, said Carnaby, ranging from professional shows, to colleges, community colleges, community theater groups, and even Winnacunnet High School's upcoming production of "Anything Goes."
So, do you think you know Tracy Theatre Originals? Check out the above video to learn about what this interesting small business is doing in the community and what makes the business what it is.
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