If you are up for a little adventure today and noodling around in Ellicott City is your sort of thing, may I recommend the Stone House Collective?
My husband headed out of the house last weekend, enticed by a photograph of guitars. No surprise there. What was a surprise was their location: Main Street in Old Ellicott City.
“They must be new,” I said. “That sounds like it might be a good blog post. Will you take some pictures for me?”
He rolled his eyes. But he took some pictures.
As you can see, Stone House Collective is far more than a guitar store. They opened on March 6th of this year at 8129 Main Street and describe themselves as “a three-story boutique for art, photography, antique, vintage, and artisan-made goods.”
The top floor is where my husband found the guitars, among other things. Merchant Timothy Ramsey offers not only guitars and amplifiers but also vintage space-related toys from the 1950s and 1960s.
All in all, the Stone House Collective is made up of about 17 small businesses under one roof. If the location rings a bell to you, that’s because it is the former home of Cindi Ryland’s Retropolitan Fine Antiques and Vintage. If you were a fan of Retopolitan, you’ll be happy to know that Ms. Ryland is the manager of Stone House Collective and Retropolitan continues to exist on the first floor as a component of the larger enterprise. You can learn more on their website and on their Facebook page.
Now, for your weekend enjoyment, I present approximately a minute and a half of my husband’s photographs of his visit to the Stonehouse Collective. I have to admit that he is a far better photographer than I am. (Just a note: it’s not all pictures of guitars. For some reason he put them all first...)