Long, long ago there was a storybook amusement park not far from my house called Enchanted Forest. Across the street was the Forest Diner and the Forest Motel. In front of the motel was an ice cream stand called Soft Stuff.
As happens in the world, the amusement park closed and got turned into a shopping center. Then the motel fell into disrepair. The diner held on for years, but was recently sold and the land will be turned into yet another shopping center. Which means that Soft Stuff has to close this month. They claim that after all the development they will reopen with a better, bigger ice cream shop, but i'm not holding my breath.
So tonight i met up with some friends to have one more orange-vanilla swirl:
[from the left] Niki's shadow, Lydia (who would like everyone to know that she is holding my ice cream, not that she is eating two), Jami, Miriam, Felicia, Abby, Laura, Kris and making his Nikiverse debut, baby Malcolm
Goodbye last piece of non-gentrified Ellicott City; it's been real.