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New Green Valley Marketplace is open in Arnold

Baltimore food retailer B. Green & Co. Inc. has expanded with the opening of a Green Valley Marketplace supermarket in Arnold, the second store under the Green Valley banner.

The family-owned B. Green also runs a Green Valley in Elkridge and two Food Depot stores in the city.

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For restaurants, Thanksgiving has grown to one of the busiest days of the year

For James Hammond, a 32-year-old third-year law student at the University of Baltimore, eating a restaurant meal on Thanksgiving with fellow law students started for practical reasons but has become a new tradition.

With fall semester finals immediately after Thanksgiving, few students have the luxury of giving up a whole day to travel and spend time with family.

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Amazon offers one-hour delivery on Thanksgiving Day

Forgot to get the stuffing mix that only dad likes? Didn't pick up cranberry juice for Aunt Emma's favorite cocktail? No worries, Baltimore. Amazon will be doing the turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day for hosts with the most gaps in their menus.

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Maryland attorney general investigating lead-paint settlement deals

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has launched an investigation into the practices of companies that buy structured legal settlements from lead poisoning victims — paying them less than the settlements would provide.

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Grotto Pizza will open in Columbia next year

Grotto Pizza, known for restaurants at the beach in Ocean City and Delaware, will open in Columbia early next year.

Grotto will open an 8,000-square-foot restaurant in the Minstrel Crossing shopping center near Snowden River Parkway, part of an expansion into the Baltimore-Washington area, The Mullan Contracting Co., the contractor building out the space for the restaurant, said today.

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Made in Baltimore pop-up shop to open in Mount Vernon

A made-in-Baltimore holiday "pop-up shop" will open Friday at the Women's Exchange in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, featuring merchandise made by more than 90 city-based businesses.

The idea is to promote buying locally in the city and highlight Baltimore's diverse maker industries, said The Industrial Arts Collective, an alliance of makerspaces, craft manufacturers and education initiatives.

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