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Local Shopping Made Easier

Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free parking at 1,735 meters Christmas week, December 20 to 25.

Parking meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh and Dundalk.

"Baltimore County is giving shoppers the gift of free parking at all County meters Christmas week,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We want to make it easier for people to support our locally owned shops and restaurants. These small businesses are the perfect place to find unique presents, restaurant gift certificates, flowers and hostess gifts or a special holiday outfit.”

County Executive Kamenetz encourage local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.

Free Holiday Parking Graphic

 



Holiday ShoppingScrap the Malls
A 12 days ‘til Christmas shopping list

Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

Twelve days to go, twelve ideas for unique and memorable gifts. So scrap the malls and head for the one-of-a-kind.

1. Sip local. Wine tours and tastings from Baltimore County’s vineyards

2. Spark the adventurous. Classes in rock climbing (Earth Trek Climbing Center), fencing (Baltimore Fencing Center), or flying (Middle River Aviation)

3. Get creative. Tickets to a County performance (check out Baltimore Actors Theatre, Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Music in the Great Hall)

4. Add some class. Check out the Community College of Baltimore County.

5. Go old. Antiques

6. Go trendy. Boutiques

7. Skip the 800 numbers. Flowers from your neighborhood shop

8. I feel pretty. Salon services

9. Everybody dance now. Tickets to the Baltimore County Dance Celebration

10. Because they’ve always talked about it. Music or painting lessons from a local studio

11. Get a Big Tree. Not for Christmas, but a certificate for a native tree from your local nursery. Plant in the spring for a lifetime of beauty and shade.

12. Just Eat It. Restaurant gift card

The twelve day countdown starts today. No pressure. Really.


Photo of the 2012 Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyCounty Executive Kevin Kamenetz

'Twas the Day After Thanksgiving

'Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the mall,

shoppers stood in long lines that reached the back wall.

With walkways too crowded and parking a mess,

Black Friday was causing consumer distress.

When just down the street, there arose such a glow

from the storefront of a local shopkeeper I know.

He invited us in - even offered us chairs -

and was ever so cheerful while he showed off his wares.

He had handcrafted specialties and homemade delights

and gadgets and gizmos.and the best Christmas lights!

He wrapped what we purchased with delicate care,

and we finished our shopping with a few hours to spare!

So, support small business as you shop this December

for the gifts that'll make this a holiday to remember.

And if you really need another good reason,

don't forget - parking is free - so shop local this season!


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