I must admit that being a first-time grandmother as of August 1, 2008, draws me to places that evoke family feelings or that feature items for babies and children. My visit to Country Crafters on Main Street in Ellicott City's Historic District was a perfect match.
There is a "soft" look and feel of the shop, packed full of Teddy Bears, dolls, wall hangings, roosters, and family plaques on the walls. The place exudes love, harmony--family!
Jane Phillips, the creator of Country Crafters, writes:
"...Our Country Crafters store provides specialty items for both the home and family. Our unique line of dolls, home decor, Polish pottery, florals, collectibles, lighting, furniture, and wall art is hand picked to enhance the both the home environment and family atmosphere. We have a deep love of family and strive to find unusual items that make selecting the perfect gift for a family member or friend We invite you to stop by and have a look."
When you go in to Jane's shop, you will usually not be alone! The cozy space is always bustling with tourists and residents alike, looking at her array of decorative items, including:
Boyd's Collectible Bears, hand-painted furniture,
framed prints, Willow Tree Angels,
and American Chestnut Wood Carvings.
Be sure to go upstairs to see more wonderful decorative items...for me, this was all the fun, lively wall hangings! I bought one called "Itsy Bitsy Spider" for my new family member, Ariella. You will note that the quality of all of Jane's products is very high.
Country Crafters is located at 8080 Main Street.
Hours are Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m; Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:oo p.m.
Above: This is what the store looks like in the context of the historic streetscape--it is a light yellow building in the middle of this photograph.
Web content and photos: Kay D. Weeks
Be sure to visit Jeremy Kipp Clark's comprehensive web site on Historic Ellicott City at: http://www.ellicottcity.net/