Small Business Saturday

Ellicott City's Main Street reopens after flood

Ellicott City's Main Street reopens after flood

Sally Fox Tennant wrapped a glass figurine Saturday for one of her regular customers at her pottery and crafts shop on Ellicott City's Main Street, careful not to disturb specks of dirt that still clung to the blue kitten from July's devastating flash flood.

"Flood kitty," Tennant dubbed one of the breakable items that miraculously survived 17-foot-high rising water that destroyed so much of her 35-year-old shop, Discoveries, and the upstairs apartment where she lived, knocking out the storefront, submerging the basement and ruining thousands of dollars worth of porcelain dolls and other goods.

After four months of raking out mud and rebuilding, Tennant joined 70...