Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit small businesses in Glyndon on Thursday to encourage Marylanders to shop locally for the holidays.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will do a tour of small business in Glyndon this Thursday in an effort to encourage Marylanders to shop locally this holiday season. “Shopping locally puts citizens’ hard earned money back into their communities and also support local businesses and the more than 500,000 hard-working Maryland retail employees,” according to a press release. Franchot will be joined by local elected officials, Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, and Brian Ditto, executive director of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce. Franchot’s visit starts at noon at Santoni’s, and he will make his way to The Boxwood Collection, The Wine Post and several other shops.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
For many Maryland shoppers, this holiday season means clipping coupons and taking extra time to hone in on the best bargains.
On a recent weekday afternoon, young mother Shamia Jacobs walked out of the Walmart in Owings Mills with a large box cradled in her arms. Her purchase--a desk and easel set for her 3-year-old son--was the perfect gift, with the added bonus that it had been on sale. Like many Marylanders who are dealing with the continuing effects of the recession, Jones is on a tight budget—and is in search of the best bargain she can find. In addition, she's making sacrifices to provide for her family this Christmas. “I’m definitely going to hold back on things like going out,” Jacobs said. According to the American Research Group, Inc., shoppers nationwide plan to spend an average of $646 for gifts this holiday season, down 2 percent from $658 in 2010. …