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Holiday mall hours around Baltimore

Centre at Glen Burnie

Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 30: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

More hours coming soon.

Eastpoint Mall

Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 30: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

More hours coming soon.

Harborplace  

Nov. 27: CLOSED
Nov. 28: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Nov. 30: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 1-6: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 7: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 8-13: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 14: noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 15-20: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 21: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-23: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dec. 25: CLOSED

Dec. 26-27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 28: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 29-31: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jan. 2-3: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Mall in Columbia

Nov. 27: CLOSED

Nov. 28: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nov. 29: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 1-5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 6: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 8-12: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 13: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 14: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 15-17: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 18-20:...

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Two new shops open on Ellicott City's Main Street

After the Thanksgiving turkey has been devoured and the frenzy of Black Friday shopping is through, small businesses across the country open their doors for Small Business Saturday, a day of shopping focused on encouraging people to buy local.

A bookshop and a boutique both opened this fall on Ellicott City's historic Main Street, adding to the mix of retail in time for the launch of the holiday shopping season.

Greenrow Books, located midway down Main Street, opened Oct. 1. The store, owned by Ellicott City resident Beth Panageotou and her family, specializes in children's books and cookbooks.

Just across the street, where Subway used to be, Simply Divine Boutique offers women's clothing and jewelry. The store, an outgrowth of Simply Divine in Maple Lawn, opened Sept. 6 and is co-owned by mother and daughter team Christine Rivero and Angelina Brannigan, as well as their business partners Jacquiline Boussi and Olga James.

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Panageotou is a lifelong book lover, so when the...

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Children's jewelry set containing high lead levels found at city store

A children's plastic pearl necklace with a rhinestone charm that was being sold at a city store contained toxic amounts of lead, health officials said.

The $1.50 jewelry "Kids Collection Pearl Necklace with Rhinestone Charm and Pearl Earrings" had a lead level more than five times above permissible levels of 100 parts per million ppm found in the clasp, according to a statement from the health department.

The jewelry set was being sold at the Tiffany's Hair

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How much do Americans spend on holiday gifts?

The National Retail Federation has released its Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, giving us an idea of what the average American plans to spend to celebrate the season. Click through the photos to see how the dollars break down.

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Ready, set, go: Cyber Monday travel deals

Practically everybody knows that Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is when folks can score some of the season's best prices on items like electronics and fashion. Now savvy travelers have discovered that they too can land sensational deals if they wait just a few days later, for Cyber Monday, held this year on Dec.1.

Of course, there are countless travel websites broadcasting great deals every day. So, are Cyber Monday deals really that extraordinary by comparison?

"Yes, I can say absolutely," says Robert Firpo-Cappiello, editor in chief of Budget Travel magazine. "Last year we saw Starwood Hotels [including the W, Westin and Sheraton brands] offering all of its Caribbean hotels for 50 percent off, and Liftopia [a ski website] held a week-long sale offering 75 percent off lift tickets at 120 ski resorts."

There were also cheap hotel/airfare packages for exotic travel ventures. For example, tour operators like intrepidtravel.com, a company specializing in adventure vacations,...

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Lacrosse brand STX introduces first helmet in stores

STX, the Baltimore-based lacrosse equipment maker, has created its first lacrosse helmet in a partnership with Schutt Sports and plans to start selling the Stallion 500 design in stores today.

"We looked at the helmet market and saw a glaring need for both competition and innovation," Jim Benton, STX director of product management, said in the company's announcement.

The helmet is designed for elite lacrosse players and uses Schutt's trademarked Thermoplastic Urethan Cushioning system, which is based on materials that the U.S. military uses for fighter pilot and paratrooper helmets. It targets areas in the front and crown of the helmet for protection, the companies said. STX also is introducing a Stallion 100 helmet for youth players.

The Baltimore company, known for inventing the modern lacrosse stick, has branched out into other products and sports in recent months, including ice hockey and men's field hockey.

Schutt makes football helmets and faceguards, worn by half the skill...

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