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Everyone is invited to attend the grand opening of Customized Creation’s new shop, now located in Building 652 on Millstone Road, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.

“Come over for lunch,” said Dhyana MacKenzie, graphic artist and manager. “We’ll be serving sandwiches, crackers and cheese, fruit, fall cider, coffee and my homemade cake pops and caramel candy. There’ll be plenty.”

Customized Creations is a gift shop specializing in personalized items

For the workplace, they offer an assortment of plaques, retirement and flag boxes, laser engraved pen and pencil sets, embroidered patches, command coins, desk blocks, clocks, nameplates, and mat plates for framed photos, among many other items.

"We can also design and build beautiful Command Boards, ship's wheels or any specialty box for your Command, or as a retirement gift," MacKenzie said.

Not just for the office

“People should use their imagination and get creative. Let us be the answer to those hard-to-please people on your holiday shopping list”, MacKenzie said, suggesting a personalized mug, T-shirt, wine bottle holder, mouse pad, a coaster set, key ring, or puzzle as a gift.

“We can put a photo on just about anything,” she added. “Stop by the Grand Opening and let’s talk about what we can do for you.”

Classes Offered

A plethora of art classes is available at Customized Creations and most are taught by professional artist Tammy Vitale. Classes scheduled in the next few months include Earrings for Beginners, Create a Dream Mandala, Journaling to Canvas, Decorative Painting (taught by Brenda Orvis), Sea Nettle Ornament , Art Journaling I and II, Forever Flowers, and Jewelry Making.

Classes are open to anyone with base access. For a complete listing of classes, their descriptions, dates, times and costs, phone Customized Creations at 301-342-3569; or check the MWR column each week in the Tester for available classes.

To view Vitale’s artwork, visit Find MacKenzie’s artwork at