Howard Magazine - Page 14 - Highlight By Valerie Bonk For Howard Magazine

Howard Magazine
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Highlight By Valerie Bonk For Howard Magazine

‘Ecosystem of good’

How an Ellicott City upcycling studio helps people find jobs

 

From an old tobacco barn to the living room wall, an art studio in Ellicott City is bringing new life to local structures while giving back to the community.

 

Opened in January, Reclaimed By You on Main Street brings wood and other materials “from salvage to sparkle” by partnering with local reuse warehouses such as Second Chance in Baltimore and Community Forklift in Hyattsville, where materials are sorted by people struggling to gain employment.

 

“I had the idea that we could enable an entire ecosystem of good while having fun at the same time,” said Jennifer Newcomb, 41, owner of Reclaimed By You.

 

The studio offers bring-your-own-alcohol event nights as well as open art times when customers can