Sunday, January 6, 2013
An employee at the store told Patch that the business would close its doors on Feb. 28, and that everything is on sale except for candy.
Bay Hills Card & Gift, a local Hallmark store in Arnold, will be going out of business at the end of February, and is holding a store-wide 50 percent off clearance sale until that time. An employee at the store told Patch that the business would close its doors on Feb. 28, and that everything is on sale except for candy. Large sale signs and boxes line the windows to the Bay Hills Shopping Center location, which has become a popular destination for seasonal gifts and cards. The store is owned by Brad McCormack, whose family has owned the gift store for several years. McCormack was unavailable for comment at the time of this article. What will you miss about Bay Hills Card & Gift?
Friday, December 21, 2012
Looking for something unique and special for someone?
Instead of stocking the latest and greatest toys, The Cape Exchange sets its sights on carrying items you might remember from your childhood holiday memories. As a retail consignment shop, The Cape Exchange gets items from locals and businesses second-hand. But one person’s discarded items are another person's treasures. Whether it's from the 1950s or the 2000s, store owner Michele Skarwecki aims for a mixed bag of new, used, vintage and antique. “People will come in, see something that catches their eye and say, ‘Oh, I remember this from when I was a child,’” she said. Often they’ll find items they had forgotten about, but strong memories can be tapped into by the shape or smell of old antiques, said store employee Sarah Gordon. “We’ve …
Friday, June 29, 2012
While many businesses are still trying to learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, others say they are bracing themselves for higher costs.
Many small business owners in Maryland said they are bracing themselves for new costs and potential penalties associated with insuring workers after the Supreme Court upheld major provisions of President Obama's health care law. While many business owners said the law won't affect them because they only employ a handful of people, those owners with larger staffs said they feared additional costs that could cripple their businesses. Under the Affordable Care Act, small businesses will be required to offer insurance to workers if they employ more than 50 full-time people, or pay a penalty. "I know people who have started looking at the numbers, and for some of them it's going to be cheaper to pay the penalty than to cover their employees…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Winning entrepreneurs will receive a MacBook Air or an iPad.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has taken to Pinterest, the image-friendly social media site, to "highlight Maryland entrepreneurs and small business owners" throughout the state. Nominations can be pitched with 10 images on the governor's Pinterest page. Here is the Maryland Pinterest Business Pitch Contest board. “In Maryland, we have a rich history of fostering entrepreneurship. From our many incubators to our diverse centers and institutions of higher learning to our strategic tax credits, we encourage entrepreneurship at every level,” O’Malley said in a release. “Whether you’ve been in business for years or are just getting started, Maryland is the ideal place to do business and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this new contest.” …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Holiday sales are important, but so is a shopper's comfort level.
This is the first holiday shopping season for Della & Jane, a clothing and gift shop for women and kids located in the Bay Hills Shopping Center. Store owner Kimberly Cantoli said she wants to keep her holiday items inviting for everyone, and not just those who celebrate Christmas. Boxed gifts line the ceilings and walls of the store. And instead of browbeating customers with a red and green theme, she frosted her front store window with snowflake art. Signaling the holidays is important for sales, particularly when the weather outside doesn’t match the traditional view of the Christmas season, Cantoli said. “There’s no snow on the ground yet, but here it is at the end of November and Christmas is right around the corner,” she said. “…
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Holiday odds and ends are everywhere, but where can you find truly unique ideas? Tell us about your favorites in Broadneck in the comments.
When decorating for the holidays, it’s easy to fall into a rut. To get the look you're going for, a few unique items can help complete the look. Tricia Hiland, the owner of Whimsicality, a gift shop in Cape St. Claire, has stocked her store throughout the year in preparation for this year’s holiday sales. The store boasts a huge, front-window display of Christmas-themed items that Hiland said can’t be found anywhere else. “I try to carry things that a lot of other people don’t have. If I see it in another store, I don’t want it,” Hiland said. Like many in the region, Whimsicality began its holiday themed décor a little earlier than Thanksgiving this year. Hiland said it’s become a kind of arms race for stores of this type. “If you don’t …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Some local businesses are already well-prepared for the Christmas rush.
Though December is still a few days off, holiday shoppers are out in droves now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror. But some businesses got a head start on the crowds and began putting out their holiday gear a few weeks ago. This week, we will be doing a story each day on a local businesses in the Broadneck area ramping up their stores for the holiday season. Bay Hills Card & Gift, a Hallmark store, specializes in cards and ornaments, some of which are sold year-round. But there’s a large variety of decorations put out on shelves this time of year that are especially geared toward Christmas. The store began putting up holiday ornaments, cards and gifts in October, a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Some of the limited-time ornaments…
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Naval Bagels is our pick but we'd like to know where you like to get breakfast in and around Broadneck. Tell us where in the comments below.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The holiday season is officially underway and it brings with it lots of cooking and lots of company. Give yourself a morning break from the kitchen and enjoy breakfast out of the house. Here are some of Patch’s favorite breakfast spots. What are yours? Broadneck Residents of the peninsula know to pick up a fresh dozen at Naval Bagels. They have great coffee and fresh bagels to start the day right. Severna Park Between the Breakfast Shoppe, Donut Shack and Chris Restaurant, there are several breakfast options to choose from in Severna Park. Pasadena The Pasadena branch of the Double T Diner boasts an impressive selection of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner served 24 hours a day. Glen Burnie It’s the battle of the diners in Glen …