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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
Even hard-core shoppers might not know the Saturday after Thanksgiving has an official retail-related name. But scores of independent merchants in the Baltimore area did their part Saturday to get the "Shop Small" message out for the fourth annual Small Business Saturday. American Express launched the initiative four years ago to help small shops compete with national chains and online sellers during the traditional kickoff weekend to the holiday retail season. With most of the Black Friday traffic going to the malls and big store brands, small merchants say they hope to carve out a larger share of consumer spending on the post-Thanksgiving Saturday.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
When M.P. Mariappan was born 95 years ago, England's King George V was emperor of India. Mahatma Gandhi hadn't yet taken up India's struggle for independence. Most Indians lived in small, scattered villages instead of in cities. Mariappan survived plague, the Great Depression, World War II and a 1,700-mile death trek from Burma, where he was living at the time, to his homeland. He became a respected fruit merchant who struggled to educate his eight children, boosting the family decisively from their lowly caste and into the middle class.
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NEWS
September 16, 2013
We feel it's important to support our local Columbia merchants. For example, we have shopped at the Center Park Giant (Palace Giant) in Long Reach ever since it first opened. It's very convenient for us as we live in the area. We have always enjoyed their friendly and courteous service and the variety of products that they carry. We have always appreciated the many occasions that they have gone out of their way to be helpful. While we do shop occasionally at the mega stores, we shop at the Giant most of the time to support them, recognizing that the mega stores do draw business away from them.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The pill peddlers were busy on Eutaw Street. Up and down the sidewalk they shuffled, hawking a variety of goods - methadone, the anxiety drug Xanax and other prescription medications - in a street code repeated over and over. "Bukes and bars, bukes and bars," one man said rhythmically, slang for the buprenorphine strips used to treat heroin addiction and bar-shaped Xanax tablets. Steps away, a huge sign heralded the entrance to another busy world of buying and selling: "World Famous Lexington Market," a fixture on downtown Baltimore's west side since 1782.
NEWS
August 17, 2012
It is inexplicable that in an article about merchants bemoaning credit card interchange fees, the cost to businesses of processing cash and check purchases is never discussed ("Fee to pay with credit card could be in offing," Aug. 14). I worked in retail for many years, and I know that accepting cash or checks costs merchants time and money. There's the issue of counterfeit bills, mistakes in making change, employee pilfering and bad checks that can require the merchant's appearance in court as a consequence.
NEWS
July 9, 2011
The front page article "Mayor responds to violence" (July 6) was a clear indication of how poorly this city was prepared for the celebration of our independence anniversary. One of the most important facets of this big night was the ability of the merchants along the Inner Harbor to stay open later than usual to help their profitability. Those businesses were forced to shut down — some as early as 9 p.m. This is not the way for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to gain favor in the business community.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 13, 2013
Boulevard at Box Hill, off I-95 in Abingdon and serving more than 250,000 residents from Harford and Cecil counties, southern Pennsylvania and northern Baltimore County, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its newest merchants on Saturday, Sept. 14. Additionally, Boulevard at Box Hill and its merchants will celebrate the selection of Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere (RAACE) as its first charity partner. To begin raising awareness and support, as well as to celebrate the kick-off of the new charity partnership, Boulevard at Box Hill will also have a Ravens Pep Rally on the same day as the ribbon-cutting with all the proceeds benefiting RAACE.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The pill peddlers were busy on Eutaw Street. Up and down the sidewalk they shuffled, hawking a variety of goods - methadone, the anxiety drug Xanax and other prescription medications - in a street code repeated over and over. "Bukes and bars, bukes and bars," one man said rhythmically, slang for the buprenorphine strips used to treat heroin addiction and bar-shaped Xanax tablets. Steps away, a huge sign heralded the entrance to another busy world of buying and selling: "World Famous Lexington Market," a fixture on downtown Baltimore's west side since 1782.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1996
Merchants Tire & Auto is relocating two Baltimore City tire distribution and repair centers to the Halethorpe section of Baltimore County, a move that will cost the city nearly three dozen jobs.The company's shift to the county marks the latest blow to the city in its effort to retain service-oriented and other businesses.In the past decade, more than 65,000 jobs have evaporated from the city.Jim Matthews, Merchants president, said the company considered various city properties as part of a yearlong search before leasing a 150,400-square-foot building at 4625 Hollins Ferry Road.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | August 30, 1995
Some nervous merchants are shutting their shops early at Baltimore's Harborplace pavilions as police search for a man believed to have held up four stores at gunpoint this month.As city police and private security guards scour the city's premier tourist and shopping attraction for the elusive suspect, store owners are trying to find a way to end the spree and not alarm customers."He has a lot of nerve," said Mike Durham, president of the merchants' association that represents the 200 stores in the Light and Pratt street pavilions and the Gallery.
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By Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 21, 2014
The volunteer service organization Lions Club International wants to form a club in the Hampden area, Harold Boccia has told the Hampden Village Merchants Association. Boccia, of Lions Club International District 22-A, which covers all the Lions clubs in Maryland, said the planned club would be sponsored by the Cockeysville Lions Club. He said eight people have signed up to be mmbers and they need at least 20 for a traditional club. There are about 45,000 Lions clubs in 208 countries, with about 1.3 million members, Boccia said.
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By Jon Meoli and Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 7, 2014
Plans for redevelopment in downtown Towson have prompted area merchants to consider face-lifts of their own, spurring renewed interest in a Baltimore County program for commercial revitalization. To keep up with projects that will bring new stores, restaurants and residences to Towson's core, several York Road businesses are working through county programs that offer design advice from architects and interest-free loans for exterior improvements. "They know that things are changing, so they want to take advantage of the change so that all boats will rise with this tide of change," said Andrea Van Arsdale, director of the county's Department of Planning.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
A move nearly 10 years in the making starts Monday as the Social Security Administration begins relocating 1,600 employees from a massive facility near Lexington Market to a new, trimmer facility uptown. They leave behind two blocks of empty buildings from 1980, the outdated remnants of a federal plan to inject economic activity into Baltimore's west side — an area still struggling to capture the renaissance occurring in other parts of the city. The complex's workers, whose numbers have dropped from almost 3,500 in 2001, once generated 20 percent of sales at the nearby Italian deli Trinacria, said Vince Fava, owner of the Paca Street fixture that sells sandwiches, homemade pasta and other gourmet products.
NEWS
January 23, 2014
The proposed 10-cent bag fee that the Baltimore City Council will vote on next week is a bad idea ("City may impose 10-cent bag fee," Jan. 22). Giving merchants a 3-cents-per-bag cut in the new revenue is an even worse idea. Councilman James B. Kraft said that merchants are "flagrantly violating" a law that requires them to voluntarily offer customers plastic or paper bags. I believe that by giving these same law-breaking merchants a 3-cents-per-bag incentive will result in crafty shopkeepers actually pushing bags on customers.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | January 8, 2014
Hampden merchants and a Baltimore City councilwoman are becoming increasingly angry as they wait for the Department of Public Works to finish water and sewer line repair projects that have clogged the commercial 3600 block of Falls Road and nearby streets with temporary lines since last summer. The city removed the temporary lines for the holidays, including for the scheduled Hampden Mayor's Christmas Parade that was ultimately canceled due to snow, but the lines were re-installed last week along Falls Road at West 36th Street (The Avenue)
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December 16, 2013
The Hampden Village Merchants Association made an expensive promotional float for the Mayor's Christmas Parade on Dec. 8, but when a snow storm canceled the parade, the float became moot and merchants were left out in the cold. On Friday, still bound and determined to get bang for their buck, association members staged a one-float parade up and down West 36th Street (The Avenue), Hampden's man commercial corridor. Two bicyclists, including newly named Merchant of the Year Will Bauer, aka Lou Catelli, pedaled laboriously to get the attached float rolling.
BUSINESS
October 3, 1991
The merchants on Howard Street will be able to breathe a sigh of relief come Sunday, when Mass Transit Administration buses begin rolling down that corridor again after more than a year of being diverted to other streets.The diversion, which took buses along Eutaw and Cathedral streets, was made because of construction of the light-rail system along Howard Street that began in June 1990.That portion of the light-rail system is complete, and MTA officials announced yesterday that bus service will be restored to Howard Street two months ahead of schedule.
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March 13, 1997
Glen Burnie merchants learned last night at a meeting with county police officers, community leaders and politicians that their community is not alone in suffering vandalism and graffiti attacks.The recent wave of damage extends from the Baltimore line to Jumpers Hole Road in Pasadena, county police told them. Since November, about 100 business have been hit, police said.County police said they believe juveniles are responsible. In some incidents, BB guns and slingshots were used to shoot out windows.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
Even hard-core shoppers might not know the Saturday after Thanksgiving has an official retail-related name. But scores of independent merchants in the Baltimore area did their part Saturday to get the "Shop Small" message out for the fourth annual Small Business Saturday. American Express launched the initiative four years ago to help small shops compete with national chains and online sellers during the traditional kickoff weekend to the holiday retail season. With most of the Black Friday traffic going to the malls and big store brands, small merchants say they hope to carve out a larger share of consumer spending on the post-Thanksgiving Saturday.
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By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com | November 4, 2013
The Hampden Village Merchants Association has filmed and posted a promotional video that I guarantee will show you a side of Hampden you haven't already seen. The video can be viewed on the front of the HVMA website at http://hampdenmerchants.com and shows a typical day enjoying businesses on and around The Avenue, as well as the neighborhood in general, shot from a first person perspective that's designed to put the viewer into the video. Filmed by Baltimore agency Exit10, the three-minute short features music by The Oranges Band, a beloved Baltimore group.
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