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Shake Shack to open a location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Shake Shack to open a location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

The popular Shake Shack burger chain said Tuesday it will open a Baltimore restaurant early next year.

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Retailers offer discounts and giveways to ease pain of tax day

Retailers offer discounts and giveways to ease pain of tax day

Tax day won't be an ordinary work day for Kasi Hernandez, who will get into the shop before dawn, hours before other employees arrive. He's not an accountant or a tax preparer, though, and he's not working a hot line for stressed taxpayers. He...

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T-Mobile ends overage charges, challenges competitors to follow

T-Mobile ends overage charges, challenges competitors to follow

T-Mobile US Inc. said on Monday it would stop charging penalties for customers who go over their data plan limits and launched an online petition calling for rival carriers to do the same.

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Bankrupt Coldwater Creek plans Mother's Day liquidation sales

Coldwater Creek Inc., a women's wear retailer with hundreds of stores nationwide, said in bankruptcy filings that it plans to start liquidating the business with deep discounts pegged to Mother’s Day.

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Coldwater Creek retailer files bankruptcy, will close stores

Coldwater Creek retailer files bankruptcy, will close stores

Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek Inc. on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to find a buyer said it plans to close its stores by early summer.

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Comcast raises top Internet speeds for Baltimore customers

Comcast raises top Internet speeds for Baltimore customers

Comcast announced this week that it increased the speeds of its Internet services for many customers in the Northeast, including in Baltimore.

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Smyth seeks permanent home for Natty Boh/Utz Girl billboard

Smyth seeks permanent home for Natty Boh/Utz Girl billboard

Did the Utz Girl say "yes" to Mr. Boh?

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Walmart moves into organic food with Wild Oats relaunch

Walmart moves into organic food with Wild Oats relaunch

Walmart is moving into organic foods with the relaunch of the Wild Oats brand, the retailer announced Thursday.

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Free cookies for tax day at Great American Cookies

Free cookies for tax day at Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies hopes to sweeten tax day with a chocolate chip giveaway.

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Peet's expands in Baltimore/Washington by rebranding Caribou

Peet's expands in Baltimore/Washington by rebranding Caribou

Peet's Coffee & Tea is expanding into the Baltimore and Washington markets, with plans to rebrand 23 former Caribou Coffee shops, including one in downtown Baltimore.

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Tyson recalls 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets sold at Sam's Club

Tyson recalls 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets sold at Sam's Club

Tyson’s Foods Inc. is recalling 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets sold at Sam’s Club stores nationwide after discovering the food contained pieces of plastic that have caused minor oral injuries to consumers, the company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

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Free admission to American Visionary Art Museum for Bank of America cardholders

Free admission to American Visionary Art Museum for Bank of America cardholders

Your Bank of America credit card will get you free admission this weekend to the  American Visionary Art Museum.

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For consumers, more ways to complain

For consumers, more ways to complain

When the company Maggie Argent hired to make her mother's headstone didn't do the work, she turned to the forum that gives aggrieved customers an outlet — in the court of public opinion, if nothing else: the Internet.

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AT&T opens experience store at Mall in Columbia

AT&T opens experience store at Mall in Columbia

AT&T will unveil a new retail format -- dubbed the "experience" store -- Tuesday at the Mall in Columbia.

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First retailer opens at Towne Centre at Laurel

First retailer opens at Towne Centre at Laurel

A long wait for Laurel residents came to an end on Friday, March 28 with the opening of the first retailer at the Towne Centre at Laurel, a new retail area still under construction.

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Customers can try new Samsung Galaxy S5 at Best Buy before sales start

Customers can try new Samsung Galaxy S5 at Best Buy before sales start

Thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Users can now play with the device at Best Buy stores across the country before it goes on sale on April 11.

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Harris Teeter will open April 8 in Shops at Canton Crossing

Harris Teeter will open April 8 in Shops at Canton Crossing

The long-awaited Harris Teeter supermarket anchoring the Shops at Canton Crossing will open April 8, the chain said Thursday.

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First day of spring deals at Rita's Italian Ice, Venti Tre

First day of spring deals at Rita's Italian Ice, Venti Tre

Spring arrives today, officially.

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Starbucks to add alcohol in evenings at thousands of stores

Starbucks to add alcohol in evenings at thousands of stores

Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview.

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Disclosure sought from retailers who track consumers via mobile phones

Disclosure sought from retailers who track consumers via mobile phones

The Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would require retailers to tell customers when they track their movements and habits via mobile phones.

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Under Armour launches brand in Brazil

Under Armour launches brand in Brazil

Under Armour is launching sales in Brazil, part of the Baltimore-based sports apparel maker's goal of spreading the brand globally.

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Lush cosmetics opening at Harbor East

Lush cosmetics opening at Harbor East

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will open its first Baltimore store early this summer at Harbor East.

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Under Armour loses Johnny Manziel bid to Nike

Under Armour loses Johnny Manziel bid to Nike

Under Armour has lost its apparent bid for an endorsement deal with Johnny Manziel, the former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner known as "Johnny Football."

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Gabe's plans to hire more than 100 for new Glen Burnie store

Gabe's plans to hire more than 100 for new Glen Burnie store

Gabe's, a chain of discount clothing stores, is planning to hire up to 125 positions Thursday and Friday for its new Glen Burnie location.

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Identity theft tops consumer complaints in 2013

Identity theft tops consumer complaints in 2013

Identity theft and debt collection topped the list for biggest consumer complaints of 2013, according to a report.

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American Airlines ends bereavement fares

American Airlines ends bereavement fares

American Airlines has eliminated its so-called bereavement fares for people who need to book a last-minute flight because of the death of a loved one.

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Owings Mills-based The Great Cookie plans national growth through expanded website

Owings Mills-based The Great Cookie plans national growth through expanded website

Owings Mills-based The Great Cookie is hoping to sell cookies and cookie cakes nationally through a newly launched, redesigned website that expands the assortment and ability to customize cakes.

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Upfront, monthly fees required to opt out of smart meters

Upfront, monthly fees required to opt out of smart meters

Maryland regulators said Wednesday that utility customers who don't want a smart meter will need to pay both upfront and monthly to forgo the technology, though the fees are lower than utilities sought.

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Taco Bell breakfast to go national: Prepare for the waffle taco

Taco Bell breakfast to go national: Prepare for the waffle taco

Taco Bell is moving in on the morning market, angling to compete with fast-food rivals such as McDonald’s by launching a breakfast menu nationally on March 27.

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Trader Joe's urged to drop meat from animals raised with antibiotics

Trader Joe's urged to drop meat from animals raised with antibiotics

The opening of the first Trader Joe’s store in Boise, Idaho, has become the latest front in a campaign to get the Monrovia company to stop selling meat from animals raised with antibiotics.

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Under Armour, US Speedskating renew contract for eight years

Under Armour, US Speedskating renew contract for eight years

Under Armour acted swiftly to move beyond the controversy over whether the brand's high-tech skinsuits were responsible for U.S. speedskaters' lackluster run at the Sochi Olympics.

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Liberty Tax offers free preparation for veterans

Liberty Tax offers free preparation for veterans

Liberty Tax Service will prepare tax returns for free for veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family members through Sunday.

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Online retailer bambeco wants to make the world a greener place, one room at a time

Online retailer bambeco wants to make the world a greener place, one room at a time

Susan Aplin worked behind the scenes for two decades helping run some of the biggest retail stores around — Williams-Sonoma, Sports Authority, Staples, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Pottery Barn.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Lorraine Mirabella has been writing for The Sun since 1986 and counts retail among her favorite beats. She's become accustomed to hanging out at stores and approaching strangers to get a peek at their purchases. Now, she writes about the workplace as well as consumer affairs.

Tim Swift has been an editor with The Sun for more than 10 years, covering local news, arts and entertainment and now business. He also has an extreme weakness for gadgets and all things tech.

Michelle Deal-Zimmerman came to Baltimore 10 years ago after working as a reporter and editor in Florida. A native of South Florida, Michelle has traveled a lot farther north than she ever expected. Still, she visits The Sunshine State so frequently it feels like she never left.

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