Anytime I’m in Ellicott City and in need of a hot cuppa, I head over to the Bean Hollow on Main Street in Old Ellicott City. I grew up nearby and I’ve been going to this spot since high school. It was Riverside Coffee then. It’s a great local coffee shop that’s very cozy and welcoming. I wish there were more gems like the Bean Hollow around the suburbs. I’m not going to lie, I’m a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee addict and I will get an occasional specialty drink from Starbucks. But if I had the choice between big corporate coffee retail outlets or the small independent local coffee shop, I’ll always choose the latter. Having said that, I won’t go to any ol’ mom and pop shop. The local joints have to be good! There are so many big corporate franchises or generic average places around. You have to really care about what you’re selling and offer a good product, then I will be your lifelong loyal fan and customer! (more…)