Baltimore County Now
Baltimore County Department of Planning
While big-box stores and malls are getting ready for Black Friday, some of Baltimore County’s traditional Main Streets are getting ready for something a little smaller—something with a little more charm. On Saturday, November 30, Dundalk and Reisterstown join other traditional commercial districts in the fourth annual Small Business Saturday.
By shopping in locally owned businesses on Small Business Saturday, you discover unique gifts you’ll never find at the big stores, experience the charm and genuine customer service that you only get from small business owners, and enjoy the sights, the sounds and the beautiful chill in the air that can only be found on Main Street.
In Reisterstown, on historic Main Street, “Holiday Cheer Starts Here!” To kick off the holiday season, businesses are offering a donation discount, which allows consumers to not only shop locally but also give locally. On Small Business Saturday, participating merchants are offering a 10% discount to customers who bring in a canned good donation for the Reisterstown United Methodist Church Food Pantry. When you shop at these small businesses, the money you spend here stays here, and the donations you give stay here, too.
Main Street Dundalk, one of 26 designated Main Street Maryland communities across the state, offers a variety of shopping, eating and entertainment during the holiday season. Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and Little Crystal Bijoux are hosting a Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop at 79 Shipping Place through December 23. The pop-up shop offers original holiday gifts by local artists and craftsman.
Starting Small Business Saturday, Main Street Maryland is offering a coupon for deals at Dundalk’s Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop. For every $50 spent from November 30 - December 23, you will receive a $10 gift card for your next purchase. You can download the coupon right now.
Baltimore County also offers a great holiday deal: you won’t have to feed the meters anywhere in Baltimore County from Thanksgiving Day through December 1. Just look for the red “Seasons Greetings” bags and enjoy the free parking while you support local shops in your neighborhood.
From Catonsville to Pikesville, Essex to Randallstown, get out this Saturday and support your favorite small business. It’s a great way to find unique gifts for the folks on your holiday list while you support your local neighborhood business owners. Such a deal!
Amy Mantay, Interim Main Street Manager
Baltimore County Planning Department
The Reisterstown Main Street Committee has taken a giant leap of faith this Spring. Focused on obtaining Main Street Maryland designation for the core of Main Street in historic Reisterstown, the Committee is working very hard to get a running start on revitalization. The group reached out to business and property owners, as well as the community at-large, to get ideas and input. Now it’s time to begin looking at all the projects on the Reisterstown “To-Do” list.
For a village that began with a tract of land purchased by John Reister in 1758, now, over 250 years later, Reisterstown still evokes the spirit of a quaint village. With its two-lane road lined by small residential and commercial structures, Main Street is the heart of Reisterstown. And it’s this character that the Main Street Committee wishes to protect and promote.
Using the guiding principles of the Main Street Maryland program five sub-committees have been formed to direct the Committee’s revitalization efforts: Design; Economic Restructuring; Promotion; Organization; and Clean, Safe, & Green. Each of these committees is seeking volunteers to help with the projects that will lead to lively, more vibrant Main Street.
The Design Committee is beginning to look at issues such as public parking, crosswalks, traffic speed, and road design issues along Main Street. Economic Restructuring wants to form a stronger partnership with existing merchants in order create a strategy to increase their customer base and visitors to Main Street, as well as develop a plan to encourage new businesses to locate in the area. Fundraising and volunteer recruitment is the initial focus of the Organization Committee. If you’re local, they may be reaching out to you soon or you may see them at some of the community events the Promotion Committee is planning for the summer. The Clean, Safe, & Green Committee is already committed to working with merchants to create a Merchants on Patrol program to increase security awareness. They are also organizing Main Street clean-ups this Spring and Summer, so if you see them pulling weeds or picking up trash stop by and lend a hand!
The Main Street area also benefits from Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization District designation. This designation provides business and property owners access to County programs such as Architect-on-Call, the Building Improvement Loan Program, Commercial Revitalization Tax Credits, and Commercial Revitalization Action Grants.
For more information about the Main Street Committee or to volunteer for a committee or project, please contact the Interim Main Street Manager, Amy Mantay at 410-887-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, check out Reisterstown Main Street on Facebook and the website:baltimorecountymd.gov/go/reisterstown