Howard Magazine - Page 39 - Helping Hands (3)

Howard Magazine
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Helping Hands (3)
Making space

What started as a temporary place to work has become a permanent new home for the staff of Salon Marielle, a hair salon whose Ellicott City location was damaged by the flood. The staff of seven has joined the ranks of Clarksville’s Victoria & Albert Hair Studio since owner Christie Kaier made space for them in her salon.

“I didn’t know how many people they had,” she says of learning about Salon Marielle’s situation. “I immediately responded for her to please come to the salon.” Maryanne Mederios, owner of Salon Marielle for the past 18 years, appreciated the support.

“No one wanted to go back,” she says of the old Main Street salon. “It wasn’t going to work. I didn’t want to do it, but I’ve had a good run. … You can’t fight nature.”

Kaier is excited to have a staff of 23 to fill the 3,500-square-foot salon.

The former Salon Marielle staffers “have great personalities. They have fit in,” she says. “It has really been a blessing how easy the transition has been.”

Elsewhere, there have been similar stories of area businesses making space for those displaced by the floods.

Catonsville’s Rooster + Hen, a familyowned food market less than two miles from Main Street, welcomed Sweet Cascades Chocolatier into its store while the candy marker’s Ellicott City spot was repaired.

“What a great home it was for a little while,” says Sweet Cascades owner Susan Whary. “We just have the best community.”

Joe McRedmond, who owns Rooster + Hen with his wife, Alison Smith, jumped at the chance to assist Whary.

“I immediately said yes,” says McRedmond. “Everyone wants to help these businesses live and survive.”

Rooster + Hen also hosted pop-ups for displaced businesses like Primitive Beginnings and Macha Time at the end of June. And the store will continue to house a case with 30 varieties of candy from Sweet Cascades.

Rob’s Barber Shop in Ellicott City allowed Envy Salon to set up shop for a month fol-