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Number of Labor Day travelers inches up over last year despite lower gas prices

Maryland residents plan to get away for Labor Day in about the same numbers as last year, even with gas prices nearly $1 per gallon cheaper than in late August 2014, AAA Travel said Monday.

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Wegmans Pharmacy ranks highest among supermarket pharmacies, study says

Wegmans Pharmacy ranks highest among supermarket pharmacies in customer satisfaction, a J.D. Power study shows.

The J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy Study, released Monday, measures customer satisfaction at pharmacies at chain drug stores, mass merchants and supermarkets. It looked at prescription ordering, the store, cost-competitiveness and both pharmacist and non-pharmacist staff.

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Flawless Damsels reopens after Baltimore riot damage

After looters destroyed her business during Baltimore's April 27 riots, Taylor Alexander asked herself not whether she would re-open her two-year-old boutique, but how she could reopen an even better version of it.

She knew it would be like starting from scratch.

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Families have finished just half their back-to-school shopping, survey says

School starts next week in most of Maryland, but the average family with grade school age kids has bought only half the necessary clothing and supplies, a survey out today shows.

The National Retail Federation's latest back-to-school spending survey, done by Prosper Insights & Analytics, show families have completed just over half their shopping, the same results as last year.

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Baltimore woman creates new line of feminine compression socks

Mannequin legs line the walls of Susan Costa-Walston's Roland Park dining room, sheathed in knee-high socks in blue, gray and polka-dot patterns.

Compression socks, once used only for medical purposes like preventing blood clots, have been gaining popularity in recent years among runners, nurses, travelers and those who spend a lot of time on their feet.

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Smyth Jewelers will launch football-themed TV ads during Ravens game Thursday

Baltimore-based Smyth Jewelers is playing up its marketing partnership with the Baltimore Ravens with the launch of two new TV commercials this week.

The 15-second ads, set to air during the Ravens pre-season opener Thursday against the New Orleans Saints, put a football twist on wedding and engagement themes.

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