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Madewell store will open in Harbor East in January

Women's fashion retailer Madewell is coming to Harbor East in downtown Baltimore.

The national store chain will open at 811 Aliceanna Streeet on Jan. 20, Harbor East's management announced Friday.

The retailer will join Anthropologie, J.Crew, Under Armour Brand House, lululemon athletica, LUSH Cosmetics, South Moon Under and others in the neighborhood's upscale shopping district.

"We see Madewell and J. Crew complementing each other," said Tim O’Donald, president of Harbor East Management Group Inc. said in the announcement. "It’s a great addition to our eclectic mix of retail."

The nearly 2,900-square-foot shop will be the first city location for Madewell, which has boutiques in Towson and Bethesda.

Madewell got its start in 1937 as a denim workwear label and opened its first store in 2006.

"You'll find several references to the brand's origins in our jeans: namely in the washes, stitching and finishes," the company says. "Our designs are effortless, sexy, cool, tomboy, artful and...

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Fractured Prune Doughnuts will open in Towson

Fractured Prune Doughnuts, the Ocean City-founded chain known for hand dipping doughnuts in a choice of glazes and toppings, is opening a Towson shop in early November as part of a national expansion announced last year.

Company CEO Dan Brinton had said last September that plans were in the works for new locations at the Inner Harbor and in Towson and Westminster. Brinton had said he hopes to open 50 new franchised stores in the next three years, including about 20 in the Baltimore area.

A shop at 3 W. Chesapeake Ave. will open in early November, the company announced Wednesday. The opening date will be posted on the shop's Facebook page, FracturedPruneTowson.

Fractured Prune, founded in 1976 in Ocean City, has a specialty doughnuts menu with items such as French Toast (maple glaze, cinnamon and sugar), Blueberry Hill (blueberry glaze, powdered sugar) and Banana Cream Pie (banana glaze, vanilla wafers, cinnamon

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Baltimore's The Great Cookie launches corporate gift program

Owings Mills-based The Great Cookie is hoping to appeal to companies that want to give their clients and prospective customers something sweet.

The cookie maker and retailer has launched a gift program allowing corporate customers to brand and customize cookie tins and cookie cakes. Tins and 13-inch cakes can be customized with artwork or images including logos and pictures.

The tins can help increase brand exposure "even after the cookies are gone," said Jason Fruman, president of The Great Cookie.

The corporate program is timed for the holiday season, when the cookie chain will be rolling out an expanded line of holiday themed tins and cakes. Next day delivery is available in Maryland, the company said.

The company, founded in 1979 and known for its Snickerdoodle recipe, operates seven Baltimore area stores, two mobile cookie trucks and an online store.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

 

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Halloween will cost you more than $250, survey says

If you just walked out of Party City or Spirit Halloween more than $200 poorer, you are not alone.

You are just another average American who spends more than $250 on the holiday, or about $257 per person, according to research by CouponCodesPro.com.

The bulk of the cost comes from preparing to throw or attend a Halloween party, and for that you can expect to pay about $103, the poll found.

The website surveyed more than 3,200 people about their spending habits.

The average cost of a costume is more than $59, while most people spend about $39 on candy for trick-or-treaters.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said its all worth the expense.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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HomeGoods to open in Westminster Nov. 9

 HomeGoods, an off-price home decor retailer, will open a store in Westminster on Nov. 9.

The store in the Carroll Plaza Shopping Center will be the ninth in the Baltimore area and employ about 60 people. On the store's opening day, the first thousand shoppers will get free reusable HomeGoods bags.

The retailer says merchandise such as furniture, rugs, lamps and goods for the kitchen and bath is discounted 20 percent to 60 percent off department store and specialty store prices.

HomeGoods, a division of The TJX Cos. Inc., runs more than 470 stores in the U.S. Other brands run by the parent company include T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

 


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Five new shops coming to Towne Centre Laurel

Two cafes, a barbecue place, a wireless retailer and a physical therapy business are the five newest tenants announced for the Towne Centre at Laurel development, a $130 million redevelopment of the former Laurel Mall site. They include:

  • Mission BBQ: the Maryland-based, fast-casual barbecue restaurant will open a 3,791-square-foot restaurant 
  • First Watch: a daytime cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and brunch will open a 3,768-square-foot restaurant.
  • Hard Bean Cafe - a cafe specializing in coffee and tea and serving light fare will open a 1,349-square-foot restaurant.
  • AT&T - the nationwide wireless provider will open a 3,500-square-foot store. 
  • Pivot Physical Therapy - the physical therapy business will open a 1,468-square-foot location.

Developer Greenberg Gibbons announced Thursday that the new tenants will open by December.

“We’re excited to add more great retailers, restaurants and services to Towne Centre at Laurel,” said Brian Gibbons, chairman and CEO of Greenberg...

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