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Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel
Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel

Laurel streets were lightly dusted with snow Monday, but the weather was just right for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to do some holiday shopping. Franchot stopped by an indoor Farmers Market set up at the Laurel Mill Playhouse Dec. 9 as part of his "Shop Maryland For the Holidays" tour. The comptroller, along with Laurel officials, had initially planned to walk on Main Street and drop in on businesses along the way, but snowy weather meant everyone congregated inside the Playhouse instead, where vendors had booths set up to display their wares. Franchot said the Shop Maryland initiative "helps independent retailers make enough sales during the holiday season to...

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