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Libby Zay

Three Ways to Shop Local This Holiday Season

By November 22, 2012

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On Small Business Saturday (this Saturday, November 25) all the way through the holiday season, support  local merchants by using these tips and resources.

Browse for Gifts at Holiday Crafts Shows
Find unique gifts made by independent artists and craftspeople at these holiday craft shows in the Baltimore area and beyond. Many events also include live entertainment, children's programming, and food, making the events even more lively and festive!

Use the Made in Maryland Gift Guide
The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland has launched the Made in Maryland gift guide. Options include fair-trade coffee, hot sauces, chocolates, jewelry, soaps, artwork, guitars, clothing, and more.

Make a Point to Shop on "Main Street"
Before you hit the mall, walk through the shops that line our many "Main Streets" in Baltimore, including the antique shops ad boutiques along The Avenue in Hampden and on both Light St. and Charles St. in Federal Hill. Check the Baltimore Main Streets webpage for more details.

In addition, Baltimore County has made it easier to shop local by offering more than 1,700 free parking spots over Thanksgiving weekend and again from Thursday, December 20 through Tuesday, December 25. According to the Baltimore Sun, spots will be marked with "free parking" bags over meters in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

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