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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

  • Barnes & Noble will close Towson store in May

    Barnes & Noble will close Towson store in May

    Barnes & Noble said Monday it will close its Towson store at the end of May. "The property is going through a major re-development, which would not allow for us to remain in place during the construction," David Deason, vice president of development at Barnes & Noble, said in an email. The Towson...

  • Medifast's Take Shape For Life changes name to Optavia

    Medifast's Take Shape For Life changes name to Optavia

    Weight loss company Medifast Inc. said Monday it plans to change the name of its direct selling subsidiary to Optavia from Take Shape For Life in July and introduced new "clean label" food products under the new brand name. The newest Optavia Essentials Fueling products, including bars, shakes...

  • Glen Burnie-based Mission BBQ blends barbecue and patriotism in bid to become national brand

    Glen Burnie-based Mission BBQ blends barbecue and patriotism in bid to become national brand

    Bill Kraus is thankful for his country and for the people who've pledged to protect it. He's also thankful that about 10 years ago he agreed to play a round of golf with an acquaintance-turned-friend, Steve Newton. The friendship between Kraus, a former Under Armour marketing executive, and Newton,...

  • Five Minutes with Delali Dzirasa, president of Fearless Solutions

    Five Minutes with Delali Dzirasa, president of Fearless Solutions

    Growing up in Silver Spring, Delali Dzirasa used to knock on doors and offer to cut grass, mow lawns, wash cars or walk dogs for pay. A lot of people said no, but a couple said yes. The thrill of landing those few jobs as a youngster gave Dzirasa a taste of the entrepreneurial life, and he was hooked....

  • Retailer Ashley Stewart will launch national search for brand representative in Baltimore

    Retailer Ashley Stewart will launch national search for brand representative in Baltimore

    Plus-size retailer Ashley Stewart is kicking off a national search in Baltimore for a woman to represent the brand. For its first "Finding Ashley Stewart" contest, the chain said it plans to award the title to a woman who embodies the "confidence, strength and fierceness that has become synonymous...

  • Nordstrom Rack will open store in Canton Crossing

    Nordstrom Rack will open store in Canton Crossing

    Nordstrom Rack will open its first Baltimore store next year in The Shops at Canton Crossing, Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. said Wednesday. The store will open in the second phase of development of the 325,000-square-foot shopping center on Boston Street in Canton. The center opened in 2013. Construction...

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