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Small Business Weekend at Spa Adagio

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Small business weekend is coming. What better gift to give than the gift of wellness this holiday season – we could all use some after 2020! Spa Adagio will be celebrating Small Business Weekend. On Saturday, 11/28, from 3pm – 6pm, enjoy specials on membership promotions, gift certificates and take a tour of the spa, taking in the old charm of the former rectory of St. Patrick’s Church.

Thank you for your support for small businesses like Spa Adagio.

Charm City Cook: These are a few of my favorite things

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The Charm City Cook shares her go-to carry-out restaurants 

Since March, like most people, I have been hunkering down at home. A lot. Very thankfully, I like where I live, and as luck would have it, I rescued a wonderful senior dog in January. My girl Magnolia is an 11-year-old terrier mix, spry for her age, a little nutty, and definitely attached to me now that we’ve been together almost all the time for about nine months. She has been great company for me during confinement. What lucky timing, huh?

I’ve dined inside three times since March. Once was at Petit Louis in June, True Chesapeake in July, Dylan’s in September and Ananda in October. All of these experiences felt very, very safe, but I would have preferred to be outside now that I think about it. Hindsight, yeah. Petit Louis has done an incredible job with their outdoor set up. I will try to go there for as long as I possibly can. I just ordered hats and gloves on Etsy, and as I walked my dog last night, I thought…wow, it’s already cold. November 24.

I’ve ordered takeout from about 15 places with varying degrees of success. Since I live in Hampden, most of these are close to home. Here are a few favorites:

Shop Small, Give Big Challenge with The Shops at Kenilworth

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This season, shop small and give big with The Shops at Kenilworth. On Small Business Saturday, November 28, from 11am – 2pm, shop online or in person at The Shops at Kenilworth. For each purchase at the local retailers*, $5 will be donated to the Kennedy Krieger Institute – up to $3, 000!

Check off your holiday list while shopping small – and for a good cause! Check in with individual businesses for hours and curbside pickup policy. Joining in-person? Stop by Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings and grab a free small coffee as a gift. After you check off your list, kick back and relax with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Virtual Festival of Trees. This year, Festival of Trees is virtual and FREE for everyone. Visit https://festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org/ for details.

COVID app may help contact-tracing challenges this holiday

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Maryland businesses prepare for the holiday season in the midst of a pandemic surge in November 2020. Photo by Philip Van Slooten, Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – “Answer the call” and “download the COVID Alert app” have joined the growing list of pandemic precautions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing, as the Maryland Health Department battles a pandemic surge during this holiday season.

“Of course everyone wants to be with family and loved ones, but we are in the midst of a pandemic and cases are skyrocketing,” Dr. Katherine Feldman, director of the Maryland Department of Health’s contact tracing unit, told Capital News Service on Thursday.

Shop Small Business WEEKEND at Green Spring Station

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Small Business Saturday has turned into
Small Business Weekend at Green Spring Station.

Amazon and Target are doing just fine! If there is any year to support small businesses it’s this one and what better place to do so than Baltimore’s largest hub of locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and cafés located at Green Spring Station.

With COVID protocols in place for safe and sanitized browsing, Green Spring Station offers something for everyone on your list–from the trendsetter to the home chef to the tiny tyke.

And, we are offering our shoppers a $25 gift certificate all weekend long!
Shoppers who spend $250 or more in same day receipts on Friday, November 27-Sunday, November 29, 2020 will receive a $25 gift certificate to the GSS shop or restaurant of their choice for a future visit.

Holiday “Pod Shopping” at Star Bright Farm

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Star Bright Farm is offering a unique opportunity for private booking to shop in our store. Call it “Pod Shopping!” Inquire to book your time.

Pod shopping will be available on Thursdays and Fridays for the duration of the holiday season. Reservations are available for 5-10 shoppers, your close “Pod” that you are comfortable with. So gather a group of close friends and take the time to enjoy this season together with peace of mind. Your group will have the Barn Market to yourselves for just over an hour; a time to shop, relax and maybe sip a little champagne or herbal tea with a snack. Complimentary Champagne, tea and snack are included. This will be a stress free and safe way to enjoy your holiday shopping during unprecedented times!!

To make a reservation, please visit https://www.starbright-farm.com/farm-market. If you would like to inquire in advance, reach out to [email protected].

Hot Plate: Thanksgiving options, La Scala at 25 and more

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Tons of Baltimore restaurants are offering take-home turkey dinners for Thanksgiving this year – and there’s still time to order.

The big food news this week is, of course, Thanksgiving. In Baltimore, the holiday will look different than usual for many families, as Marylanders adjust their plans to accommodate for COVID concerns.

Even with evolving plans, there’s plenty to be thankful for this year, starting with dozens of options for excellent take-home Thanksgiving meals. Here’s a look at what Baltimore restaurants have cooking for the next week:

Giving Thanks for Our Baltimore Sauerkraut Tradition

When November rolls around the holiday hullabaloo is already well underway. While the majority of folks are planning Thanksgiving feasts, decorating, scheduling holiday parties, making gift-giving lists, and have sugar plum fairies on their minds, my attention is focused on tubs of simmering, bubbling, brining sauerkraut. Bundling up, I make my way over to my friend’s Charles Village row house that is the repository for the annual batch of kraut. I pull off the weights, cloths and coverings that protect and encourage the brining process that gently transforms the lowly cabbage into fresh tangy kraut.

Although homemade sauerkraut brewing may seem a thing of the past, the practice is still going strong around much of the world. In most of the cold northern climates the tradition of curing cabbage goes back to ancient times. There are few regular sources of nourishment to be had during the cold months and cabbage fashioned into sauerkraut provides a reliable source of Vitamins A and C and Potassium as well. Cabbage and kraut have even higher levels of lactobacilli, a probiotic, than yogurt and help in the digestive process. People living in remote eastern European villages may not know the exact nutritional components of kraut, but history has shown that by eating it during the winter they stay healthy. Their home brewed kraut is still used for medicinal purposes, virility, and even hangover relief. Wow – that’s some powerful stuff!

Nando’s seeks to unify customers with free chicken on Nov. 17

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Nando’s will be offering one free quarter chicken item per customer on Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last. The deal is part of the Afro-Portuguese chicken restaurant chain’s effort to unify the country following the 2020 election. Photo courtesy of Nando’s PERi-PERi Instagram.

After a tense election cycle that gave voters across the political spectrum something to cluck about, global Afro-Portuguese chicken restaurant chain Nando’s PERi-PERi is hoping to unify people with a free deal.

Customers who visit any Nando’s PERi-PERi restaurant in the United States on Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will receive a free quarter chicken while supplies last.

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