Eldersburg's Local "Off Beat" Businesses

Each year new businesses come and go in the Eldersburg area. Some of these buisnesses are rather unique in that they offer services and products that can not be found elsewhere. A snapshot of Eldersburg's "off beat" businesses below, highlights the distinctive qualities that make these businesses one-of-a-kind.

Bull's Body Shop Tattoos
6345 S Carroll Park Dr
Eldersburg, MD 21784

According to the shop's myspace website, Dave Bull has been in the tattoo business for over ten years; He has been a tattoo artist for 13, and an airbrush, sculptor and painter for 16. The shop is located right off of Liberty Road, next to Subway. No children are allowed in the shop.

1430 Progress Way
Sykesville, MD 21784

Gymjam is an interactive center focused around keeping children active and in shape. The center opened its Eldersburg location in 2006 and is owned by Paul Richards. Another gymjam is located in Owings Mills, Md.

The center hosts birthday parties as well as several different camps and activities. Musicjam, Mom’s Group, Kindermusik and motor and agility classes as all part of gymjams services.

Ink Again
1522 Liberty Road, Suite C
Eldersburg, MD 21784

Maybe one of Eldersburg’s most unique small businesses, Ink Again refills used ink cartridges to save customers time and hassle. Owners Gary and Julie Campbell opened Ink Again in the Nov. of 2005 in the Liberty Station shopping center. Since, the store has been relocated behind Harper’s Kitchens.

Ink Again refills used ink jet and laser toner cartridges. They also fill other types of cartridges for cash registers. Ink Again guarantees all cartridges 100 percent and offers a more personal connection than ordering online or over the phone. Benefits from reusing cartridges also include huge savings as Gary explained. A customer can save anywhere between 20 and 60 percent by refilling and not buying a new cartridge.

In Step Leather
Liberty Station
1532 Liberty Rd.
Eldersburg, MD 21784

In Step Leather carried a large variety of leather clothing, boots and motorcycle accessories. They have clothing for men women and children. The store also carries motocross clothing. Not only do they sell motorcycle boots, but western style boots and working boots as well.

According to owner Paul Danna, who started the store back in 1989, In Step Leather has the largest selection of leather products in the area. They also sell Harley Davidson merchandise well under dealer and cycle shop prices.

J&Y Seafood Market and Sushi
1437 Liberty Road
Eldersburg, MD 21784

Owner Danny Ye admitted that upon opening the store in Sept. of 2007 business was a bit slow. He wasn’t without competition; Osaka Japanese Steakhouse lies right next door to J&Y, and Kyoto isn’t very far either. The business has pulled through however, and unlike its competitors, J&Y sells all the ingredients to make your own sushi, from raw fish to sushi wraps.

Don’t be mistaken though, customers can still enjoy a sit down meal, or a snack at the sushi bar. The store also sells genuine Japanese candies, drinks and a few toys for kids.

Knitters Nest
1431 Liberty Road
Eldersburg, MD 21784

“I just love to knit!” said owner Debora Bachman with a smile. Bachman opened her store in April 2007, hoping to create a friendly, welcoming environment for knitting lovers around the area. Knitters Nest sells a wide variety of colors and styles of yard, needles, and other knitting and croqueting accessories.

The store also holds knitting and croqueting classes for beginners. A class schedules is available in the store. Customers are also invited to bring their latest knitting or croqueting project to the store on Tuesdays for tea.

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Rd # F106
Eldersburg, MD 21784

Photo Scraps, previously known as the Second Floor Scrapbook Store, has been a part of the Eldersburg community for seven years and in that time has seen several different locations. Currently located in the Princess Shopping Center and owned by Tracy Beck, Photo Scraps houses all types of scrapbooking materials and services. Scrapbooking classes are offered daily, along with the creative café, where customers can create their very own scrapbook page from a pre-designed layout. Crop Parties are also held on Friday and Saturday nights, and the store has kids programs and a kids’ playroom.

In recent years, the store has gone more digital, offering digital scrapbooking classes and photo processes equipment. Photo Scraps can also print larger photos from cameras than other local stores such as Wal-Mart of Walgreens.

You Lucky Dog
1213 Liberty Rd
Sykesville, MD 21784

Owner and operator Kate Brian opened You Lucky Dog in the Princess Shopping Center in Aug.of 2007 in memory of her family dog Shamrock. The store sells a wide variety of foods, treats, and accessories for dogs and cats. You Lucky Dog also carries all natural dog food, grain free food and raw frozen food.

The store also offers several services and events for customers. Yappy Hour, an event held once a month, invites pets and pet owners to visit the store and socialize. Dogs are given goodie bags with treats at the end of the night. The store also holds obedience classes for puppies and an adoption day, sponsored by the Animal Advocates of Howard County.

Faithful Memories Pet Cremation LLC

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Hopz Wedding and Party Rentals

Hopz provides all the stuff you need for a big, fun party! Everything from a moon bounce, tents, tables and chairs, concessions, and more.

Andies Candies

A whole store of nothing but candy? Well, not quite. Andies Candies has moved several times and is now part of The Shoppes at Carrolltown, Carrolltown Center, Eldersburg, Maryland. Their entrance is directly adjacent to the Kmart entrance. They carry Fine Candies including Asher's® Chocolates, Jelly Belly ® beans and gummies, Gift baskets, Corporate gifts, wedding and special event favors, plus Bobble Head collectibles, Disney® figurines, snowglobes and more!

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