Historic Ellicott City Set for a Resurgent Small Business Saturday

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Shoppers outside "A Journey from Junk" on Main Street on Nov. 5, Courtesy Allan Kittleman/Facebook
Shoppers outside “A Journey from Junk” on Main Street on Nov. 5, Courtesy Allan Kittleman/Facebook

Nearly four months ago, a flash flood changed the lives of business owners on Ellicott City’s Main Street by dumping six inches of rain and sending a surge of water crashing through their historic section of town. Tomorrow morning, most of those merchants will finally be back in business.

Howard County has organized a “grand reopening” of the Main Street area for Small Business Saturday, which celebrates supporting small shops the day after the mega sales of Black Friday. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Elijah Cummings will join several local merchants in speaking before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterward, stores will open their doors along Main Street, with street performers and musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra providing entertainment to visitors throughout the day.

Beyond the fanfare, there’s the shopping itself. Around 40 businesses are set to reopen after spending months digging broken glass and debris out of their shops, shoring up their foundations and restocking and renovating their businesses. The County lifted its state of emergency on Oct. 6 and reopened Main Street, but that just meant drivers and pedestrians could return to the area.

Since then, businesses have slowly been trickling back into the local economy, though according to a report from the Howard County Times, still less than half had reopened as of Nov. 7. By tomorrow morning, more than 70 out of the 90 or so shops and restaurants that were shuttered will have reopened, according to the county.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes on through the evening. At least 25 stores and restaurants are offering specials, and the Howard County Welcome Center and Ellicott City Partnership are handing out free stuff to those who arrive early. Click here for more details.

Ethan McLeod
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