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Ellicott City's Main St ready for holiday season; dozens of business back open

Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 14, 2018

Ellicott City business owners are working hard to open up for holiday season. At least a dozen stores have opened recently or plan to open in the next week. 

"We're working hard to get everything perfect," Jeff Braswell said. 

He's putting the finishing touches on a dream he's been working on for years. 

"The two floods did set us back, but we are ready to go. We think it's a huge staple for the town," Braswell said. 

He plans to open Jaxon Edwin, a barber shop, men's boutique and nitro cold brew lounge Black Friday.

"How many times do you come down here and see all the men holding purses outside the ladies shops? Well now they have a place to go," Braswell said 

It's one of quite a few new shops in the historic town. While Shelley Sharkey's main business, Miss FIT, is getting rebuilt, she's trying her hand at retail.

"We are going to have ornaments, decor, leggins," Sharkey said. "Just to keep things festive and the holiday magic going."

Her pop-up holiday shop 'A Very Merry Main Street' is opening any day now. Down the street, Discoveris, the Gift Shop at EC Pops and Maxine's are all reopened and many, like Paula Dwyer's Georgia Grace Cafe, have already been open for a few months. She says as the uncertainty continues about the future of flood mitigation, the town is more than ready to move forward. 

"We do care what happens and we are very involved and we are very opinionated about happens. We want people to be safe and we want things to happen quickly in the mitigation process. We are strong group of people but nothing is going to stop us from doing what we love and what we care about and we need to make a living, so we just put our heads down and we get busy and we get it down and we're waiting for the county to do that same thing," Dwyer said. 

Businesses open:

A Journey from Junk

Artists' Gallery

Antique Depot

Attic Antiques N Things

Ballet Conservatoire XIV

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B&O Ellicott City Station Museum

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Bill Knapp Arts

Classic Interiors

ClayGround Studio & Gallery

Clipper's Canine Cafe

Cycle Mill


EC Rising

Ellicott City Colored School

Ellicott Mills Brewing Co

Envy Salon

Erin E. Devlin & Co.

Georgia Grace Cafe

Ghost Town Odditorium

Gloss Hair Studio

The Gift Shop at EC Pops

Gramp's Attic Books

Great Panes

Happy Feet 

Hi Ho Silver

Jack of Arts

Judge's Bench Pub

Lamp & Gift

La Palapa Grill and Cantina

Little Market Cafe

Made on Main

Main St Oriental Rugs

Main St Yoga

Manor Hill Tavern

Mat About You Framing & Gallery

Match Time Cafe

Maxine's Antiques & Collectibles

Mt. Ida

Museum of Howard County History

Old Mill Cafe

Ooh La La!

Pam Long Photography

Park Ridge Trading Co. 

Patapsco Female Institute

Phoenix Emporium

Primitive Beginnings

Pure Wine Cafe


Reyes Jewelry Exchange

River House Pizza

Sayre's Eden Boutique


Shape Shifters Wellness Studio

Sweet Suds

Su Casa

Sunflower Trading Hat Company

Sweet Cascades Chocolatier

Sweet Elizabeth Jane

Syrian Cafe and Gallery

Taylor's Collective: Antiques, Arts, Artisans

Tersiguel's French County Restaurant 

Trolley Stop

Wagon Wheel

Wind River Clothing and Gifts

Wine Bin

Women's Healing Center


Coming soon:

Jaxon Edwin

A Very Merry Main Street