Kim Lawson - Owner
Kim is the owner of Fishpaws Marketplace and is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the business. She practically cut her eyeteeth on the liquor and wine industry. (Her father has been in the business since 1968.) Kim grew up experiencing her family’s European attitude towards wine; that wine is a beverage to be consumed with food, an adjunct and a complement to any meal. During her years at Fishpaws, Kim has traveled throughout the wine regions of California, the East Coast, and Europe. She also attended VinExpo in Bordeaux. She has attended many classes and seminars on wine and has educated and refined her palate with extensive tasting of all types of wines and spirits from all over the world. Kim has even taught a class on wine at Anne Arundel Community College.
Kim is a principal member of Fishpaws tasting team but her personal passion is customer service. Kim is dedicated to having the best customer service possible. If you are looking for a product that you can’t find in our catalogue, Fishpaws will do their best to find it for you. At Fishpaws, special orders aren’t special, they are part of the finest customer service.
Kim’s formal education consists of a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University in Business & Marketing. Kim has been active for many years with the Anne Arundel County Licensed Beverage Association as an officer and board member. She is also a member of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association and the Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce.
The store was purchased by the Lawson family in 1983. Upon graduation, Kim worked in sales for 2½ years, although, her real desire was to run the family business. At that time, her family owned 5 gift stores throughout the MD, DC and Virginia area. After managing the gift stores and learning the liquor business, she realized it would be better to consolidate her efforts and run the liquor store full-time. The gift stores were then closed or sold. Upon managing the liquor store full-time, Kim realized she needed to differentiate the business and started concentrating her efforts on fine wine. After about 5 years of intense marketing efforts, Fishpaws was known as the place to find good wines.
No wonder that Kim was selected as Retailer of The Year by The National Association of Beverage Retailers in 1996. And in 2014, Kim with Fishpaws Marketplace was chosen as the US Small Business Administration’s Family Owned Small Business for Maryland.
Teri Schroeter - General Manager & Event Coordinator
Teri has spent her career orchestrating private parties and events for high end clientele and celebrities including political figures, the White House Press Corp, professional athletes, musicians, movie stars and fashion designers both domestically and internationally.
She is an event coordinator that is well versed in all aspects of the project from start to finish and enjoys thinking outside the box, taking pride in executing each event to maximum potential. Clients trust her ideas and execution and as well as planning and providing all of the food, beverage and décor for the events, she has also been there to host the parties adding an extra layer of comfort for the customer.
Teri Pheobus - Gourmet Food & Cheese Manager
A Native of Hawaii, Teri grew up enjoying what we mainlanders call esoteric food. For fifteen years, she worked in the restaurant industry in Annapolis as a bartender for Carrol's Creek Cafe. After moving back to Hawaii, Teri became the Cheese Buyer for Whole Foods Market. Teri became the first Certified Cheese Professional in the State of Hawaii; that would be one of 750 in the United States. In case you didn't know, A Certified Cheese Professional is on the same level as a Master Sommelier and a Master Cicerone. Now, Teri is back in Maryland, serving as the Cheese Manager at Fishpaws.
Teri's training included Study at the University of Wisconsin Center for Diary Research. Her travels to many specialty cheese making locales to visit and make a variety of Cheeses such as Italy (Parmigiano Reggiano), Vermont (Jasper Hill Cellars), Petaluma, CA. (Cowgirl Creamery), Pt Reyes, CA. (Pt. Reyes Creamery), Sebastapol, CA (Redwood Hill Creamery), Wisconsin (Emmi Roth) and Sonoma County, CA. (Laura Chenel).
Besides being a turophile, Teri's interests and hobbies are cooking, trail running, fishing, boating and travel. Are your interests in the exciting arena of Cheese pairing and taste? Interested in really complimenting your dinners, parties, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers? Ask her about her Wedding Cake designs made from cheese wheels, or just come in and talk Cheese!