Shoemaker Country Flood Recovery

$16,428 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 176 people in 22 months
Shoemaker Country has been part of the Ellicott City Community for 17 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 from the second floor of Shoemaker Country during the Memorial Day weekend flooding.

We and those we partnered with have once again lost so much. 

I want to thank those county officials who allowed me the time to retrieve the items that we need the begin rebuilding our business.  

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

John Shoemaker
Shoemaker Country
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Over the last two days, we have been able to retrieve maybe 40 live edge slabs of wood from the mud and muck that fills the store. Even with all of this, our losses are once again devastating. We can't thank you enough for your kind support as we work through this difficult time.
Just some of the slabs retrieved from the shop.
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We've been devastated again. It is so hard to believe that we are in the same situation less than two years later. If you can help us, or someone else on Main Street, we appreciate it.

Thank you,
John Shoemaker and the Shoemaker Country family
Lower Main Street from second floor of Shoemaker Country, May 26th, 2018
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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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Jean Kinkade
22 days ago

I have no words....:`-(

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Allison A. WIlson
22 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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$16,428 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 176 people in 22 months
Created August 4, 2016
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Laurie Antonucci Tongue
17 days ago

Love you guys!

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Li Zhang
20 days ago

We hope that you can restart your business soon

Jean Kinkade
22 days ago

I have no words....:`-(

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Allison A. WIlson
22 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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