Last Friday I took Peanut shopping on
Main Street in Ellicott
City. One of the first stores we stopped in was Zebop. As Peanut
was looking around I struck up a conversation with the person behind the counter. “Are you
excited about what Ray Rice is doing for Ellicott City,”
“Who’s Ray Rice?” she replied.
I can easily imagine that the typical profile of a Zebop shopper would not include an avid football fan. Once I explained who he was and the initiative he’s started to promote retailing in the historic district, she took a newfound interest in the Ravens star running back. “That’s cool,” she said.
Zebop has their own coolness thing going on. As we left the store I noticed that the Zebop shopping bag appeared to be handmade from a foreign language newspaper. When we sat down to enjoy a smoothie across the street, we discovered a tag inside the bag telling the story.
“Our newspaper bags [are] made by an NGO whose main objective is to provide education and shelter to street children. This eco-friendly product is made from recycled Indian newspaper.”