I am not usually a Mall person. I think the last time I visited Columbia Mall was when we bought our new ovens from Sears. A very long time ago.
My husband, has his hair cut at Cavallero. Right across the way from the scene of the shootings last weekend. For 35 years, he has been going to “Rex’s Place” which became Cavallero. He was just there earlier this month.
For me, the locavore and small business advocate, my only recent dealings with the Mall have been specialty stores, like Secolari.
A family owned business that opened before Christmas.
To show support for the stores, we were there around 2 PM today, right after the Mall reopened. I went in and tasted olive oils and vinegars. Bought a few things. Met Casey from cookieride. And a few Chamber of Commerce members.
My husband popped over to Starbucks to get a small coffee. Ran into the governor’s entourage. That was interesting.
The Howard County community wants to show that we support the people who work at the Mall. That we know they need to get back to work, and they need our business to continue to succeed.
It was a bittersweet afternoon. The tribute to the victims at the entrance. The fire and police presence. The reporters and cameras. Not the normal Monday afternoon scene.
If you get the chance, and love good pasta, olive oil, honey, sea salts, and vinegars, stop by Secolari and welcome them to Columbia. Try the white balsamic vinegar with the black truffle sea salt.
I will be making some interesting dishes using their ingredients to compliment my next basket from Friends and Farms.
And, caring about the health of the businesses in my county. My home for almost four decades. Which is still an amazing place to live.