BNotes launch at EcoFest

April 15, 2011|By Liz F. Kay

The Baltimore Green Currency Association will formally launch the BNote, a new local currency, at EcoFest in Druid Hill Park on Saturday, April 16.

You'll be able to purchase the bills, in $1 and $5 increments, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the festival, as well as from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Localize It! in the 3500 block of Ash Street in Hampden.

BNote's backers want to encourage people to support independent, local businesses by using the alternative currency --- thus keeping the value of those notes within our communities.

More than 48 businesses, including shops such as Belle Hardware and aMuse Toys and restaurants such as Golden West and McCabe's have pledged to accept the BNote, according to the online BNote merchant directory.

The exchange rate is $10 for every 11 BNotes, and starting Monday, there will be three "cambios" or exchange sites:

  • Little Shop of Hardware, 3252 Keswick Road, 21211
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Murray M. Blum, Attorney at Law, 1131 W. 36th Street, 21211
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and by appointment
  • CapitolMac, 714 South Broadway in Fells Point, 21231
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Are you planning on getting BNotes at the launch, or using them in the future?

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