Thursday, March 28, 2013
Randy & Steve's The New General Store is continuing in the tradition of the Yates Market.
When Yates Market was open, the store was known for its deli – particularly its fresh sausage. Randy Neely and Steve Archuleta said they plan to bring a deli back to Main Street at Randy & Steve’s The New General Store, which opened in the space formerly occupied by Yates Market. The deli can open after getting the seal of approval from the Howard County Health Department; its inspection is scheduled for Thursday. On April 27, the store is hosting its grand opening. There will be free massages, wine tastings courtesy of Pure Wine Café, cooking demonstrations, and local music, including guitarist João Bastos who will be traveling from Portugal, where Archuleta and Neely lived before returning to the Ellicott City to set up shop. (Bastos …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
One man wins big in a contest to promote the use of a new parking application in the Historic District.
When a stranger calls and asks a kid for her parent’s cell phone number, the responsible child politely declines. Even if it’s the County Executive asking. The young woman who identified herself as Mark Kinzie’s daughter to Ken Ulman did just that Thursday after Ulman called to let Kinzie know he had won Howard County Tourism’s “Download for Date Nights” promotion. To support her responsibility, perhaps Kinzie will take his daughter out to dinner at one of the half-dozen restaurants that donated $400 worth of gift certificates to the promotion, or take her to a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. In all, the Ellicott City resident won more than $4,000 worth of free goods, services and gift certificates donated by local businesses as …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Historic District's transformation into a winter wonderland is underway.
Someone once said that the holiday shopping season in Ellicott City's Historic District is “unsurpassed.” The window decorating contest may be one of the reasons why. The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation is again sponsoring the holiday contest, in which storefronts are transformed into winter wonderlands. Windows must be completed by Midnight Madness, Fri., Dec. 7. There will be prizes in two categories: The Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice. And voters will have an opportunity to win, too. Judges are Victoria Goodman from Howard County Tourism & Promotion; Jackie Panowicz from Custom Media Options; Joan Waclawski from The Business Monthly; and a member of the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's board, according to Ed Lilley…
Friday, November 23, 2012
Whether you live here or you're just visiting, here's a look at some of what Ellicott City has to offer
If you’re looking for unique gifts, unique dining experiences, or you are just trying to get into the holiday spirit, try Ellicott City. As the holiday shopping season gets going, Patch decided to put together a guide to local shops to help you make the most of your time here. Parking in the Historic District is free through Jan. 1, and if you don’t know where to find parking, try using Parker – a smartphone app that will let you know where the available spaces are. There are also several parking lots in the Historic District, find them on the attached map. Is there a local business you think shoppers should try for the holidays? Expand our guide by telling us about it in the comments section below. Looking for toys? Mumbles and Squeaks…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Share your photos of Halloween on Patch.
Patch was out on Main Street in Ellicott City on Wednesday afternoon taking a few pictures of some of the great costumes on display, but because we can't be everywhere, we're asking our readers to share some of your photos on Patch. To do so, simply click the upload button below the photos and add your favorites! Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Officials say the river held and no serious flooding was observed.
Howard County did not require residents and merchants to evacuate Main Street Monday night, according to officials As heavy rains continued to fall and the Patapsco River continued to rise last night, officials said they were canvassing a small number of buildings in the Historic District to recommend evacuation. But "The river held steady," Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jackie Cutler said at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. No evacuations were ordered and, she said, Main Street was not closed to traffic.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The County is asking certain residents and business owners to evacuate as the Patapsco River continues to rise.
Howard County crews are headed to Main Street to recommend that first-floor tenants/businesses evacuate as water rises in the Patapsco River and its tributaries, according to a county official. “We have gauges all over the county,” county spokesperson Kathy Sloan-Beard said at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. On lower Main Street, she said, the gauges have issued a “yellow alert.” If the rainfall continues at this rate, she said, “By about 3 a.m. water should rise and reach the doorsills of those buildings.” Read Patch's coverage of Hurricane Sandy The canvassing will be only from 8004 – 8018 Main Street, Sloan-Beard said, on the north side of Main Street. “It could turn into a mandatory evacuation if the flooding gets worse,” Sloan-Beard said. “…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
But the sweep did not include the Historic District, where merchants and residents have recently complained of illegal parking.
Parking has been a hot topic in the Historic District recently and one repeated complaint has been that that some drivers, including merchants and even a parking enforcement official, have been using disabled parking placards illegally to secure parking on Main Street. The Howard County Police announced Wednesday that the department worked with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) to find and cite 19 drivers for improper use of disabled parking placards and others who had no tags at all, according to a statement from Howard County Police. However, none of those citations were issued in the Historic District. In an Oct. 12 letter to merchants and residents of the Historic District, Director of Special Projects for the Department of …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Steve Lafferty forwards request to the County Executive to postpone meters, sensors after a spirited meeting.
White lines to mark new parking spaces and spots where sensors will be buried are scheduled to be painted today. New meters are scheduled to follow, but will not be turned on until Jan. 1. Thursday morning, however, Director of Special Projects for the Department of Planning and Zoning Steve Lafferty said that he had sent a request to the administration from some merchants to postpone both projects until April. That request was made at a meeting Wednesday evening at the George Howard building concerning the county’s new parking program that will see multi-space parking meters installed on Main Street and Maryland Avenue, as well as replace meters in the county’s parking lots. The plan includes sensors to be buried below parking spaces in …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
'I thought it valuable to get some correct information into the community' - Steve Lafferty
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Howard County Planning and Zoning Director of Special Projects Steve Lafferty sent this email to stakeholders regarding the new parking projects coming to the Historic District: This message is going to you because of the extensive amount of misinformation and misrepresentations that have been distributed about the parking program proposed for downtown Ellicott City. These are the facts regarding the parking and the contracts: Thank you.