Seven Ellicott City businesses will be featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning in a segment about businesses working through the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.
Leeza Ennis, a co-owner of Envy salon on Old Columbia Pike, is one of the store owners who will be featured in the “Open for Business” segment.
“They wanted to talk to us about how we’re doing things and basically just surviving,” Ennis said Monday.
Other businesses expected to make an appearance include the Forget-Me-Not Factory, Park Ridge Trading Company, Georgia Grace Cafe, Sweet Elizabeth Jane, Sweet Cascades Chocolatier and La Palapa Grill & Cantina.
Several of the Ellicott City businesses that will be featured also were affected by the 2016 and 2018 floods that caused severe damage in the historic district and killed three people.
Earlier this year, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay visited Ellicott City to film a special, two-hour episode of his show “24 Hours to Hell and Back” that featured renovations of Jaxon Edwin Social House, combination barbershop, coffee bar and game room; Little Market Cafe; and a merger of the Phoenix Emporium and Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, now called Phoenix Upper Main.
About a month ago, Ennis said she got a call from “Good Morning America,” asking her to participate. On Thursday and Friday, the camera crew came to town to interview the seven business owners outside their respective shops.
“My business is a little different because we’re a service-based business. We can’t convert to working from home; we can’t do takeout,” Ennis said. “You have to have people in your business to do business.”
Ennis said the 50% capacity rule currently in place in Howard County to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus makes business a little more difficult.
Howard County Times: Top stories Newsletter
Daily highlights from Howard County's number one source for local news.