Hand injury forces shut Main Street jewelry shop ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

December 21, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

A longtime jewelry shop in historic Ellicott City is closing its doors next month.

Ed Mick, 72, owner of The Mine Shaft, says complications from an old football injury have impaired circulation in his hand and made it impossible to continue with his work. He has owned the Main Street shop for 14 years, and will now go into the specialty advertising business.

To make his jewelry, Mr. Mick needs to hold pliers to twist delicate strands of wire into intricate shapes.

But calcium that has developed from a broken wrist he suffered during a football game as a young man has put a crimp in his jewelry-making.

"I don't know when I'm holding something or when I'm dropping something," he said.

Although he underwent surgery in November, it will take time for the nerves in his fingertips to heal, he said.

"It's a much improved situation," Mr. Mick said. "But nerves are slow to regenerate and there's no sense in frustrating myself."

When the shop closes Jan. 31, Mr. Mick will become one of three partners in a Catonsville specialty advertising firm.

"It doesn't require handwork and I can do work over the phone and from catalogs," said Mr. Mick, who plans to sell such products as pens and calendars imprinted with company names.

Barbara Andrews, who co-owns The Source Unlimited near The Mine Shaft, said she will miss Mr. Mick's unique work.

"He's extremely talented," said Ms. Andrews, whose daughter bought two bracelets from Mr. Mick.

Ms. Andrews said the bracelets drew numerous compliments, including a remark from one admirer who swore one was a $300 Egyptian bracelet.

"They look expensive, but to me a $25 bracelet is inexpensive," said Ms. Andrews. "Each one is just a little bit different because they're handmade."

Ms. Andrews' husband, Bill, said Mr. Mick is a jovial character.

"Around Christmas time, he's like a jolly, pleasant man," Mr. Andrews said. "He always stops by and says hello."

Mr. Mick's departure will be a loss to the business community of historic Ellicott City, merchants said.

"We do not thrive on turnover," said Barry Gibson, president of the Ellicott City Business Association. "When you have consistent business like his, it's always a loss. He's a very serious business person but also a very caring person."

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