The final piece to the DMV #shoplocal series is our very own Maryland. Since LFID is based in Kensington, MD, the land of crab cakes and Natty Bo holds a special place in our hearts. There are tons of amazing small businesses & artisans throughout Maryland but, given all that they have been through in the last couple years, we felt it was only appropriate to focus on our neighbors in Old Ellicott City.
Photo Credit: The Odyssey Online
Ellicott City was founded in 1772 and the historic Main Street is one of the most charming downtown areas you will find in the region. It's a wonderfully walkable thoroughfare bordering the Patapsco River that is lined with shops, galleries, restaurants and the B&O Rail Museum. Unfortunately, twice in just over two years with the most recent being just two months ago, that picturesque proximity to the river has made life rather difficult for the residents and business owners of Old Ellicott City as excessive late spring and summer rains caused the river to overflow its banks, flooding Main Street and bringing this thriving small business enclave to a screeching halt.
Photo Credit: Visit Old Ellicott City
Twice now, the unbelievably resilient folks of Ellicott City have picked up the pieces, cleaned up the mud, and rebuilt their homes, businesses, and town. Main Street officially reopened to foot and vehicle traffic on July 17 and the businesses lining the street have slowly but surely been completing their cleanup and reopening their doors.
Photo Credit: Taylor's Collective, Sweet Elizabeth Jane, Antique Depot, Manor Hill Tavern, Pure Wine Cafe, Schoopahhdeedoo
So, today we encourage you to go visit them! Give them your support!
Stop by Taylor's Collective a "sprawling, two-floor showcase and marketplace for art and artisan wares, high quality antique and vintage furniture, lighting, home accessories, and apparel and home accents" to see what treasures you can find.
After that, head over to pick up some cute clothes, accessories, and housewares from Sweet Elizabeth Jane. It's a great place to find fun gifts for the ladies in your life!
Finally, you can wrap up your treasure hunt at Antique Depot before grabbing dinner and a beer at Manor Hill Tavern, the taproom for local brewery, Manor Hill Brewing. If beer isn't your beverage of choice, Pure Wine Cafe is also a lovely spot featuring outdoor dining.
Don't forget to pop by Scoopahhdeedoo at some point during your Old Ellicott City adventure to try some of their gourmet ice cream - it's an absolute godsend on hot summer days!