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Giant Food is featuring produce from 45 area farms this summer

Giant Food of Landover is working with 45 area farms to supply local produce to all stores this summer, the grocer announced Tuesday.

Maryland growers include Hummingbird Farms, Houser Produce Farm, Arnold Farms, Baywater Greens, Breeze Way Farms, Calloway Brothers Farm, Coastal Growers, Colora Orchards, Koinonia Farms (Gramercy), Miller Farms, and Shlagel Farms. In-season items include peaches, tomatoes,...

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Charlotte Russe, ivivva among 5 new stores that are coming to Towson Town Center

Five new stores are expected at Towson Town Center this summer and fall.

Retailers opening this summer at the Towson mall include Charlotte Russe, Filicori Zecchini, Secolari and Déjà Vu Cosmetics. ivivva will open in the fall.

Charlotte Russe, an apparel shop for juniors, will open on level 1 in the Grand Court mall section.  Filicori Zecchini, a coffee shop, will open its first location in Maryland...

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Attorney general charges Towson law office with consumer protection law violations

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Friday his office charged a Towson-based law office with charging illegal advance fees and not providing promised refunds.

The Consumer Protection Division charged Daniel M. Radebaugh and the self-named law practice he founded with violating the Maryland Credit Services Businesses Act and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act between 2010 and 2013. The charges...

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Homeowners complain about official-looking letter requesting property assessment appeals fee

Homeowners in several counties have filed complaints with state officials after receiving letters that they say appear to be from a state agency and promise a review of high property taxes for a $99 filing fee.

The state Department of Assessments and Taxation warned homeowners earlier this month to be on alert for official-looking letters that were sent by a private company and charge a fee to appeal...

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Consumers will spend less on Father's Day compared to Mother's Day

It's the thought that counts. Right?

Dads should keep that in mind this Father's Day if they're expecting equal treatment in the parceling out of gifts compared to Mom. According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer will spend about $115 on gifts for Dad, about the same as last year.

Meanwhile, shoppers forked out $172 each, on average, for Mother's Day gifts, $10 more than last...

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Wegmans will let shoppers use Apple Pay to redeem discounts

Wegmans Food Markets shoppers will be able to redeem loyalty club discounts using Apple Pay this fall.

The Rochester-based grocer said this week it will be among the nation's first supermarkets to enable the payment system for such discounts.

"Efficient, accurate, private and secure checkout is important to us because it is important to our customers, and Apple Pay has delivered," Wegmans spokeswoman...

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