Grand opening set for Five Below store

BUSINESS NOTES

May 27, 2007

Five Below, a national retail chain that markets "trend-right" products priced between $1 and $5, has signed a lease for a store at Crossroads Square in Westminster that will hold a grand opening Friday, Saturday and June 3.

The Philadelphia-based chain operates 56 stores in five states.

The target demographic of Five Below are teens and pre-teens who are searching for "trend-right" and "value-priced" items and are able to spend their own money.

Stores are divided into eight product categories, including candy, crafts, media, now, party, room, sports and style.

Merchandise includes T-shirts with pop culture expressions, iPod accessories, beach totes and towels, bath and body, jewelry and brand names such as Adidas, Spalding, Hello Kitty, SpongeBob SquarePants and Family Guy.

Information: 410-719-3081.

Bakery offers healthy desserts

Starry Night Bakery in Westminster is offering "alternative sweets" for people who cannot partake of regular desserts.

Owner Shannon E. Clarke is creating vegan cookies, muffins, cakes and cup cakes, no sugar added desserts that appeal to dieters and diabetics such as cakes, cookies, scones, muffins and cheesecakes.

She also will bake a gluten free cake for people who have allergies to wheat and other products containing gluten.

Starry Night Bakery also offers 10 sugar free flavored syrups for lattes, and all types of milk -- whole, 2 percent, skim, organic alternatives like soy and rice milk.

Information: 410-371-9131.

Donations sought for troops

America's Remote Help Desk (ARHD) in Eldersburg is partnering with Walter Reed Medical Center to donate needed things to the military.

Items being collected are toiletries, nonperishable food and recreational items such as books, games, portable DVD players and laptops.

The company will give all donations to Walter Reed on June 26 for distribution by July 4.

Information: 410-727-8330.

Boutique moves to bigger location

The Blossom and Basket Boutique has moved to a larger location at 3 N. Main St., Mount Airy, to accommodate its growing business, says owner Rene Bonde.

The store has fresh and silk floral arrangements, and a gift basket service.

Information: 301-829-8300.

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