#ShopSmall in Historic Ellicott City!

28 11 2015

Let’s face it, nobody likes driving around a busy parking lot, looking for a space to park only to find one and somebody from the opposite direction snags it from you. 😦 This time of year you aim to get somewhere early to avoid blowing though half a tank of gas driving around…and around…and around the parking lots looking for that one empty space.  Well, Historic Ellicott City has a solution for you!

Do you know about the stairs that connect Main Street to the Courthouse Parking lot?  It’s as if a new parking garage was built without the nuisance of a new parking garage being built! 🙂     Thank you, Lyndsey, for helping me showcase the Ellicott City Stairs!                                        Ellicott City Stairs Steps to Courthouse Pam Long Photography

These stairs lead you to hassle free parking! Located upper Main, behind the The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and close to The Wine Bin, the stairs serve as a great solution to parking challenges and may be used in the evening and weekends. Gone are your parking issues! Now you can easily support your local small businesses knowing that you’ll have plenty of parking on weekends!

Check out how fast you can get to Main Street when you park at the Courthouse:

Along with the newer parking option, Historic Ellicott City has several different parking areas along with street parking. You can find the specific lots listed here.

Here’s Howard County Councilman, District 1, Jon Weinstein and Howard County’s County Executive, Allan Kittleman, at the top of the stairs (nobody was blinded by the sun in the making of this photo 🙂 ).

Ellicott City stair Kittleman Weinstein Pam Long Photography

Ellicott City’s Historic District is a wonderful shopping destination with a diverse offering of goods, services and restaurants and is home to a thriving art community.  You can find a list of businesses and events here.

Rachel Rawlings, manager of Salon Marielle, 8239 Main Street, shared with me, “Our salon guests love having the option of parking at the courthouse and taking the stairs. Especially during busier times like during our wonderful festivals. It’s a beautiful view and walk down from the top of town.”

Our charming town provides a plethora of choices for you and you’ll be certain to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

A Journey From Junk shopping Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Evenings are magical, come on down to shop or dine!

Night Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Many great shops and boutiques, art galleries, antiques and collectibles, a diverse shopping experience for everyone!

Ellicott City Main Street Howard House Pam Long Photography

Shopping Historic Ellicott City Photographer Pam Long Photography studio Howard County

Ellicott City Main Street shopping Pam Long Photography

Howard County’s Welcome Center is part of our Main Street community. This photo is from last year’s tree lighting ceremony at Midnight Madness.  Be sure to catch it this year on Friday, December 4th!                                         MIdnight Madness Tree Lighting Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

So, head on down to Main Street in Ellicott City, support small businesses and don’t forget, parking is easy peasy!

When you’re on the stairs, be sure to take a selfie, use  #ECstairselfies and perhaps you’ll be added to the Instagram page! 🙂

ECStairsSelfiePamLong

Here’s how Richard Ellsberry, an Ellicott City resident, feels about the addition of the stairs, “For me, any long-term solid infrastructure is a good thing, and those stairs are going to be there in a hundred years. They look great & help with storm water management.”

Not only do these stairs help us by providing an entire new parking option, but as Richard mentioned, they have a phenomenal other purpose. Check out this amazing video, made by Cecilia Lane!

Shop Small Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Shuttle Service today too!

Shop Small Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Head to Historic Ellicott City and #ShopSmall! Have fun!

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Visitors – thank you for taking the time to read and view this blogpost and considering your visit to Main Street, Historic Ellicott City .  If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to talk with you.  Here’s a little more info about us….. Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 or email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!





Historic Ellicott City Spring Celebration Howard County Stand Up-Blue Pinky Project

11 06 2014

We welcomed in Spring with a BANG in Historic Ellicott City last month! Ellicott City held it’s annual Spring Festival which included several bands, artisans, vendors, craft beer gardens, children’s activities, yummy treats, and specials at the local shops, restaurants, salons and boutiques. The weather was just perfect – we had both sunshine and a breeze! It was such a glorious day!  Main Street was jam-packed with people of all ages enjoying themselves!

Here at Pam Long Photography, we championed HoCo’s Stand Up – Blue Pinky Project, which is Howard County’s anti-bullying campaign.  Keri, the Director of the County’s Office of Children’s Services (the office which oversees the county’s Stand Up HoCo campaign) and her daughter, Josie, came to our studio for several hours on Saturday to help us raise awareness about bullying. Keri provided literature that gave information about bullying and ways to prevent bullying, she brought anti-bullying bracelets that were given out, book marks, and lots of blue fingernail polish!!  We were able to paint over a hundred pinky fingernails blue, showing our stand against bullying. We even had some men who agreed to have their pinky nails painted and a few of our canine friends participated, as well. Check out all of the cute photos below!

A huge thank you to everyone that help prepare for this day, for those that initiated this campaign, for those that continue the push to spread the word, and for everyone that came out during Springfest and pledged against bullying!  I appreciate Jaki Ulman’s enormous efforts in partnering with StandUp HoCo to start Blue Pinky Project here in Howard County, MD. We are so very proud and thankful of all the efforts made!

Seems like Elvis coordinated his outfit that day in honor of Blue Pinky Project! 🙂

Stand Up HoCo Blue Pinky Promise Ellicott City MD Photographer

Blue PInky Promise Stand Up HoCo Howard County MD Photographer

Our front porch was bursting with energy! We had our nail painting station and Stand Up HoCo info displayed on a table on the porch. The cool breeze carried the sounds from awesome live music up to us. We had A LOT of help that day from some of our incredible high school senior clients: Liana, Nikki, Lindsay, and Oru! THANK YOU, ladies!  Y’all are awesome! They greeted people and encouraged people on the street to come up and check out what was happening at Pam Long Photography! After people had their pinky nails painted, they were ushered into our beautiful studio where they could sign our anti-bully board! We got a TON of signatures! (Yay!!) We’re proud of everyone that has taken a stand against bullying! 🙂

Blue PInky Stand Up HoCo Ellicott City MD Photography studio

Participants had the choice to enter our free raffle. Later that day we picked five lucky winners!!! The winners and their prizes were:  Christa Lee won a $90 intensive therapy conditioning treatment, cut and style from Salon Marielle! Marianthy Mendez and Nala Jackson both won $100 toward a future session at Pam Long Photography! Sandra Barton won a $25 gift certificate for a manicure to Ooh la Lal. Christa Wheeler won a gift basket loaded with bath and body products and jewelry from A Journey from Junk!  Congratulations to all our winners and thank you Salon Marielle, Ooh la Lal, and A Journey from Junk for your donations towards the cause!! We appreciate your partnership.

Our blue pinky participants also had their photos taken in the studio, with our Stand Up HoCo sign, showing off their blue pinkies! It was such a fun, bustling day! We had several local politicians stop by our studio and support anti-bullying! Among them: Courtney Watson, Lisa Markovitz, Jon Weinstein,Tom Coale, and Chris Merdon. We had the pleasure of Lauren Ruth Ward help us paint pinkies! She is an incredible barber at Ooh la Lah and an extremely talented musician! Thank You again, Lauren! (Check out her YouTube page here.)

Young kids stand up to bullying Stand Up HoCo Ellicott City photographer

Blue PInky Stand Up HoCo Ellicott City MD Photographer

Blue Pinky Stand Up HoCo Howard County MD photography studio

Blue PInky Stand Up HoCo Howard County Photographer

Blue Pinky Stand Up HoCo Howard County photography studio

Stand Up HoCo Blue Pinky event Ellicott City photographer

Blue Pinky Project Pam Long Photography studio

Stand Up HoCo Blue Pinky event Howard County MD photographer

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Be kind. 🙂

 

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Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!