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Small Business Saturday

I’m a big believer in small businesses. I can’t stand the Walmart’s of the world. So today, my better half and I are going to Ellicott City to celebrate the season and stores that have opened. Hope to snap some interesting shots around town.  Purchase some items and help the local economy.

Also hope to get some good hiking in. I need the exercise apparently. I tried to open the fridge this morning and a voice spoke from it saying I had exceeded the number of permitted openings in a 24 hour period and access is denied. I’m glad she at least left off the electric shock option.

Oh and being its Small Business Saturday, it reminds me to post something about a former teacher at Waverly Woods Elementary who is now a small business owner in Sykesville at a shop called Revive and Company. My wife and I we’re visiting that town a few weeks ago and went in this store and the owner Mary Ann Vaccarino and my wife recognized each other.

Mary Ann Vaccarino at Revive and Company. Photo by Mike Hartley

Mary Ann Vaccarino at Revive and Company.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Anyway that is a wonderful store and she seemed very happy in her work. It’s right next to E.W. Becks Pub. And it’s well worth the stop if you want to make your better half happy and even maybe find a few things yourself that are cool if you have daughters to shop for. And it did have a few pieces of furniture that caught my eyes. So to help this small business along I thought today was a good day to finally post about it with a shot I took of a proud small business owner in her shop.

Mary Ann Vaccarino at Revive and Company. Photo by Mike Hartley

Mary Ann Vaccarino at Revive and Company.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Much luck and success to all small business owners in this coming holiday season and into 2017. It’s a monumental struggle and effort that is put in by these people. It is part of the backbone of our society. It is freedom of expression, design, invention and innovation.

I was never happier professionally than when I was my own boss. Of course I was never poorer either during that time. But not every business is successful on its first try or even right away. So hats off to those that keep plugging away at it every day.

Also remember that success isn’t always measured in dollars.


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Beautiful morning

Just a few shots from yesterday before I head out for some fresh images. Went to a small town (Sykesville) yesterday. I like rural areas. The pace of life seems more natural, people talk and acknowledge one another. Yet they may be strangers. Had a quick-lunch at Big Belly Deli, my first visit there and the Philly Cheese-steak is a winner in my mind. Reminded me of the ones that Festival Carry out made in old St Johns Plaza. That place was great.

Natures canopy. Photo by Mike Hartley

Natures canopy.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I will also be doing my working man impression like this guy below today. For there is much prep needed for the winter season. It makes one think about how much longer I can keep up with the home and property maintenance. Well, hopefully I have a fair number of years to contemplate the changes needed. But the body tells me that day is coming so I had better stop ignoring that reality.

I like Natures palate better. Photo by Mike Hartley

I like Natures palate better.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Oh, and the most important thing to get out about the town is the event its holding today. Its Chili and Beer Festival from noon to 5pm on Main Street.

Yep its today and you still have time to get there. Photo by Mike Hartley

Yep its today and you still have time to get there.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So stop by this small town and have a beer and bowl of chili today.

Stop on by. Photo by Mike Hartley

Stop on by.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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First of many trips to the town of Westminster

With my daughter and her husband now living in Westminster Maryland I’m sure you will be seeing some images from this town more often. This place is huge compared to what I remembered. The college has changed its name from when I grew up but Main Street looks like I remembered but in better shape.

That is a cloud behind the Sherwood Distillery Smokestack Photo by Mike Hartley

That is a cloud behind the Sherwood Distillery Smokestack
Photo by Mike Hartley

We dined at a wonderful spot called Rafaels and had a great lunch last week. We walked out saying how good our service was in addition to the food. I wish I had gotten our waitress name so I could compliment her.

Westminster MD Photo by Mike Hartley

Westminster MD
Photo by Mike Hartley

So time to create a new tag and category. Or I guess I could just add it to the Maryland file. Hopefully I’ll have some random thoughts later to share. Haven’t been feeling myself the last 2 days. Probably the heat.

Just in case you forgot where you were. Photo by Mike Hartley

Just in case you forgot where you were.
Photo by Mike Hartley