Antiquing in Glen Burnie? ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

December 02, 1992

These may be tough times but people still spend money for things they really want.

Collectibles seem to be among those things. That explains why Glen Burnie is experiencing a mini-boom in collectibles.

Although downtown Glen Burnie has had a sprinkling of antique and collectible shops for years, multi-vendor operations there are a relatively recent development.

First came "The Neatest Little Shop," a collection of seven vendors, on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

It was followed this fall by the Chesapeake Marketplace, another seven-vendor cluster housed in one of Glen Burnie's oldest buildings, just around the corner on Crain Highway. (Probably no one living remembers that a portion of the structure was a stable once upon a time; the building was later widely known as the old Albrecht's Pharmacy).

Joe Steward, the dynamo behind the Chesapeake Marketplace, thinks the location of the emporium is unbeatable. It is just a block from the Arundel Center North office complex and the Superblock redevelopment area. The Glen Burnie terminus of the B&A bike and nature trail that goes all the way to the banks of the Severn River is just around the corner.

In antiquing, more is usually better. For that reason, a concentration of antique and collectible vendors, combined with a number of existing stores selling everything from crafts to baseball cards, may be exactly what Glen Burnie's downtown needs to attract sufficient visitors to make it commercially viable again.

As flea market goers and collectible enthusiasts know, people travel great distances in search of new outlets, as long as these outlets offer quality merchandise at affordable prices. Once a certain area establishes a good reputation, shoppers follow in abundance.

Glen Burnie's antique and collectible vendors have to make themselves known within Anne Arundel County, but they also should find a way to make themselves known to shoppers from Baltimore City and Baltimore County who already travel to Glen Burnie to patronize the new "superstores" near the Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters along New Ordnance Road.

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