| Dec 26, 2012
| 2:35 PM
She had won a string of beauty pageants — and was the original St. Pauli Girl of beer advertising fame — so Debbie Walker, a blond model from Washington, D.C., was accustomed to her fair share of attention.
But she'd never seen anything like...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 3:24 PM
Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts.
| Nov 20, 2012
| 6:02 AM
The Black Friday shopping weekend last year brought sales that surpassed expectations at Sports Card Heroes on Main Street.
With a new location across the street, owner Rick Currence is looking forward to the 2012 holiday season, hopeful sales will...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:51 AM
Ask bookstore owner Benn Ray which he prefers, Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, and he will give you a straight answer.
"I prefer the one that's going to bring in the most money," said Ray, president of the Hampden Village Merchants...
| Nov 25, 2012
Just as Tom and Claudia Towles were opening their second Baltimore toy shop four years ago, the recession hit. The owners of aMuse Toys decided to cut back — not on staff or selling space — but on the number of manufacturers whose products...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 5:08 PM
The Nottingham woman had ducked into a bathroom at the White Marsh Sears when she heard a voice from the adjoining stall: Her neighbor had found the toilet-paper dispenser empty. Could she pass some under the divider?
As she gathered a bunch,...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 7:37 AM
It was cold outside, but, "It's hot in here," said Mac Jensen, 9, who spent part of Small Business Saturday blowing into one end of a long pipe with a globule of hot glass on the other end.
Mac was participating in a workshop to make holiday ornaments...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 11:42 AM
Big box stores draw huge crowds each year on Black Friday.
But, more recently, American Express started the Small Business Saturday initiative, encouraging shoppers to hit their favorite local retailers and put their hard-earned money back into the...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 11:50 AM
Deb Tillett has been around the world, pursuing a career in technology that started a few decades ago in the suburbs of Baltimore. She learned the ropes of the video game world while working at one of the local companies — MicroProse — that...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:30 AM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced this morning it has ordered three subsidiaries of American Express to refund about $85 million to about a quarter of a million consumers.
According to the agency, an investigation found “that at...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 4:54 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Monday that it had ordered three subsidiaries of American Express to refund about $85 million to roughly a quarter-million consumers for violating consumer protection laws. In addition, several federal...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 5:15 AM
It's the dead of winter, which means that while the rest of us get ready for spring, high fashion is already showing us fall.
Photos from recent shows in Europe left us mostly breathless — except for a disaster from Chanel. From the monochromatic...