About Us

In May of 2016, my mother-in-law and wife opened a boutique culinary store, Park Ridge Trading Company, located at the lower end of Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, MD. Less than three months later, the street was hit by a devastating flash flood. After cleaning up, rebuilding, and reopening in February of 2017, they had a very successful year before being hit by another flash flood of even greater destruction in May of 2018.

I have been in constant awe of my wife’s and mother-in-law’s determination, patience, and fortitude these past few years. As much as I could, I helped out, but I wanted to find a better way to use my experience as an entrepreneur to assist the community as a whole.

The love I see for Old Ellicott City is simply tremendous. There is a real devotion to the street from both store owners and their customers. I wanted to introduce that sentiment to a wider audience and give current devotees from far access to some of their favorite products online.

As with many small business, a large number of stores on Main St. have no online presence and don’t have the resources to deal with the everyday hassles of packaging and shipping. The mission of Shop EC Strong is to provide that service to businesses in Old Ellicott City while, at the same time, offering these fantastic products to all of you who have been clamoring for it!

We have compiled the most popular merchandise of our partner stores on this website for your convenience. If you came looking for a specific item that we do not carry, please let us know about it. But take a look at some of the other stores that you may not be familiar with while you are at it!

Thank you so much for visiting our website and please make sure to visit our partner stores in person next time you are in Old Ellicott City!

Sincerely,
Tom Bone
CEO/Co-Founder
Shop EC Strong