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Old Ellicott City stores ready for holiday shoppers on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday

Posted at 7:58 AM, Nov 23, 2018

The window displays along Main Street in Old Ellicott City are decked out in holiday decor, with Christmas lights adorning their doors, windows and awnings.

The message is clear: Main Street is coming back and is ready for holiday shoppers.

More than 60 stores, restaurants and salons have reopened since the deadly floods back in May, according to the Ellicott City Partnership.

New stores are also opening along Main Street.

One store that not only reopened after the floods but also expanded is Su Casa on upper Main Street. Nick Johnson, the owner, says the added square footage allows them to showcase more of their furniture and mattresses.

A Journey from Junk has been on Main Street for 10 years in seven different locations, said owner Kelli Myers. She is now reopened along Old Columbia Pike, just off Main Street in the Linwood Boutiques building.

[Be] Blends had just moved into their store along lower Main Street two days before the floods hit. They're now in a new building up the hill. Stacey Ventura and her husband Nick make body products like lotions and oils as well as candles.

Antique Depot is one of the few stores on the lower end of Main Street to reopen after the floods. Owner Dave Robeson says they were back open in July. Antique Depot has more than 70 dealers under one roof.

Many of the stores are offering Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. They'll also be giving out Old Ellicott City postcards to customers.