For all the area’s topographical charm — and at least partially because of it — businesses and residents on Ellicott City’s Main Street could be excused for thinking nature has a target on their backs.
But those who have been located there the longest may be among the hardiest, their moxie tested by floods, fires, a train wreck, a load of manure and concomitant interruptions of trade. Their merchandise and display windows may be breakable, but the merchants of Main Street, tempered like metal, are a hardy and durable bunch.
Since July’s devastating flood, they share stories from the disasters they’ve endured but outlasted. With what they’ve learned, they have high hopes for the future.