Shoemaker Country Flood Recovery

$10,305 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 18 months
Shoemaker Country has been part of the Ellicott City Community for 15 Years. We opened our first shop in September of 2001. We started out dealing in American primitive antiques and gradually made the transition to custom furniture, home furnishings, gifts and a place where local artists, authors and craftpeople could show their work.
 
This photograph is our first look at the store the other day. At this point I couldn't even begin to imagine what the inside looked like. The wall in the foyer failed...the entire wall was pushed probably 4 feet into the first floor of the shop allowing water to rush in. Nothing on the first floor was untouched... Customer-owned items, local artists, authors and craftsmen's pieces, our tools, furniture and products, everything on the first floor, laying piled on the floor, soaking wet embedded in inches of mud. I was allowed to retrieve the cash and customer information. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. Years of effort and care by so many reduced to nothing in what was likely a brief moment.

We and those we partnered with lost so much.  When you consider inventory, featured local's work, tools, office equipment, easy estimates are $250,000. and could potentally go well over half a million. Initial insurance inquiries do not look promising and we don't expect anything at this time.

I want to thank the officer who allowed me the time to retrieve the items that we need the begin rebuilding our business.  Our desire is to return and continue being a part of this great community.

Pray for and continue to reach out and support Ellicott City.

John Shoemaker
Shoemaker Country
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Many of you have asked where we are right now with the shop. This is a picture that was recently taken in Shoemaker Country. It reminds me of first time I had been in the building many years ago. With the all mud and all lost merchandise removed, it is once again wide open and full of possibilities.

It will still be a while before we can take occupancy. The drywall has to go up, electrical needs to be replaced and of course new front doors need to put in. Once that is done, we need time to take the empty shell and breathe life into it. We still do not know when we will be back in the shop, but we will be back.

Once again, thank you for reading, supporting and sharing.

John Shoemaker
Shoemaker Country
Shoemaker Country, 5 weeks after flood
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We had two very productive days this week with the help of countless volunteers. They worked diligently and tirelessly to assist us with the clean out. The mud is probably 75% gone. I never thought we'd get to this point in just over a week.

While things are hopeful, the end is nowhere near in sight. The conditions are still terrible. I think the smell and the air quality are the worst thing you experience.

A friend of mine snapped a picture of Dad holding a small plate That said " When you are going through hell, keep going". This definitely captures the spirit of my father and his approach to this whole thing.

Thanks for reading, supporting and continuing to share,

John Shoemaker and the Shoemaker Family
Shoemaker Country
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As we finished a hard day of clean up, filled with terrible conditions and unforgettable sights, we found out the bus to transport us out of the Historic District was an hour away. The county workers saw what we had accomplished and allowed this band of weary workers to walk the entire length of Main Street. I though it really encapsulated the spirit of the day.

Thanks for reading and sharing and for your continued support. Just because the press is no longer covering Ellicott City, it does not mean that heroic efforts are no longer happening everyday.
These were Sunday's Heros, Thank you!
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What a day. Fifteen of us descended on the shop and worked tirelessly to make headway into the rebuilding effort. Dumpsters filled in a very short time as we shoveled out mud and made an attempt to differentiate between what was lost and what could be salvaged. It is going to be a long, uphill battle.

Again, we end the day tired, grateful and ever hopeful for the future.

Thank you for reading, sharing and supporting Shoemaker Country.

John Shoemaker and the Shoemaker Family
Shoemaker County
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Allison A. WIlson
18 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending Love and prayers to you, your family and everyone affected. I so look forward to returning to your shop and all of Ellicott City. Again much Love to all.

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$10,305 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 18 months
Created August 4, 2016
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Vishal Doddanna
7 months ago

just saw this gofund me, hope you all are well on your way to getting back up to par

CG
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Carolyn Gegor
16 months ago

Yours is one of my favorite shops in E.C. Glad to hear that such progress has been made despite your enormous loss. I'll be back whenever you open.

JB
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Judy and Jim Boitz
16 months ago

Looking forward to seeing you back in action in E.C. Miss you all so much!

A
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Anonymous
16 months ago

Had to get you over the 10K! Go Doggies!

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17 months ago
MF
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Mechelle Folch
17 months ago

John, We hope your shop is up and running soon. We just Love Shoemaker Country! We hope your doing well, miss you guys! Love John & Meche-

Allison A. WIlson
18 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending Love and prayers to you, your family and everyone affected. I so look forward to returning to your shop and all of Ellicott City. Again much Love to all.

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