The Baltimore Sun

Lorraine Mirabella

Writer

Lorraine Mirabella writes about retail, consumer affairs and workplace issues at the Baltimore Sun. She’s a contributor to the Consuming Interests blog. Since joining the Sun’s business staff in 1992, she also has covered residential and commercial real estate, energy, manufacturing and business trends. Lorraine grew up outside Washington in Silver Spring but came to the Baltimore area for college and, besides a brief reporting stint in Frederick, never left.

Recent Articles

  • GiftCardRescue.com, Columbia-based Shark Tank winner, has shut down

    GiftCardRescue.com, Columbia-based Shark Tank winner, has shut down

    GiftCardRescue.com, a former "Shark Tank"-winning business in Columbia that buys and sells unwanted gift cards, has shut down after eight years, leaving customers in limbo over payments totaling thousands of dollars. Founder and CEO Kwame Kuadey, who started the company as a Johns Hopkins University...

  • Under Armour pop-up shop coming to Port Covington this weekend

    Under Armour pop-up shop coming to Port Covington this weekend

    A pop-up store selling Under Armour gear is open this weekend in Port Covington. The brand's "Sample Sale" will offer clothing, shoes and accessories in a mix of sizes and colors -- all at a discount. Some of the profits will go to the company's WIN Initiative, which supports groups that help youth...

  • Medifast's Take Shape for Life launches Optavia branded products

    Medifast's Take Shape for Life launches Optavia branded products

    Medifast Inc. has launched more than a dozen new products under the Optavia brand, which the weight loss company's health coaches will start offering to clients this month. Health coaches work directly with clients through Medifast's Take Shape For Life subsidiary. The new product line, including...

  • Families plan to spend more for back-to-school this year, NRF says

    Families plan to spend more for back-to-school this year, NRF says

    Families with children in grade school plan to spend nearly 7 percent more this year on school clothing, shoes and supplies, signaling growing confidence in the economy, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. In the years since the recession, consumers have alternated between making do and...

  • Do smartphones hurt productivity?

    Do smartphones hurt productivity?

    Your smartphone might seem as essential at work as anywhere else. Your employer might disagree. While most workers own mobile phones and keep them within sight, some employers see them as productivity killers and a few are banning or otherwise regulating them, experts say. Three-quarters of employers...

  • VA lender NewDay USA expands in Fulton and plans to hire 135

    VA lender NewDay USA expands in Fulton and plans to hire 135

    NewDay USA, a Fulton-based mortgage lender that serves veterans and their families, is expanding its Howard County headquarters and expects to hire about 135 loan originators, credit analysts and office staff by the end of the year. NewDay, a division of private investment firm Chrysalis Holdings...

  • Kevin Plank-backed online flower company will launch this month in Baltimore

    Kevin Plank-backed online flower company will launch this month in Baltimore

    UrbanStems, the online flower company with financial backing from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is expanding to Baltimore at the end of the month. The fast-growing web start-up delivers bouquets for $35 and up via bike courier, now just in New York and Washington. The company works with growers...

  • Giant Food ranks first in supermarket sales in Baltimore market

    Giant Food ranks first in supermarket sales in Baltimore market

    Grocery chains Giant Food and Safeway dominate food retailing in the Baltimore region, but nontraditional food sellers — convenience stores, drugstores and mass merchants — are grabbing bigger chunks of the market, a supermarket analysis shows. Little changed in Baltimore's grocery landscape in...

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