| 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
| 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...
| Aug 14, 2012
One of the largest business expenses for Santoni's Supermarket in Highlandtown is interchange fees — what the grocer pays a bank to process customer's credit card transactions.
Even so, Santoni's has no plans to charge shoppers more for paying with...
| Nov 13, 2011
Don't automatically shred those credit card offers arriving in your mailbox. They just might contain an attractive rewards program.
Card issuers grew stingy with rewards during the credit crunch and while they waited to see how much federal card...
| Dec 11, 2011
We want gift cards and like to give them, but for some reason we don't always use them and wind up wasting billions of dollars.
A recent poll by Consumer Reports, for instance, found that one-quarter of people who received a card as a holiday gift last...
| May 13, 2012
Prepaid debit cards are everywhere these days — and so are their fees.
The cards allow you to load cash onto them and are accepted by businesses just like other types of plastic.
But you might have to pay a fee to activate the card, make ATM...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 9:22 AM
Open a credit card account and you might walk away with more than just plastic.
Banks and their vendors heavily hawk card-related services, such as credit monitoring, that can add up to hundreds of dollars of year in fees.
But often consumers don't...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 4:35 PM
As excitement builds for this week's opening of the Summer Olympics, many an armchair athlete may yearn to hop a transcontinental flight to London.
But if a trip overseas isn't in the cards right now, why not discover a taste of jolly olde England closer...
| Nov 26, 2010
| 9:49 AM
Shopping on Black Friday? We want your help to find deals. As you send them in, we'll add them to this page.
If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #mdshop to alert us to local deals. You can also send deals to firstname.lastname@example.org. No shop is too...
| May 6, 2011
| 4:22 PM
American Express introduces its new Plum Card. I had a great plum tart recently at Level n Annapolis, which is the subject of my Sunday review. Pictured here is Level's pretty pickled vegetable appetizer at Oyster sliders - the next......
| Jun 9, 2011
| 2:53 PM
If your only knowledge of Turkish food consists of the confection called "Turkish Delight," you're not alone.
While Turkish food isn't well known, you could say the same about Cazbar, a narrow restaurant on Charles Street in Mount Vernon. It was so under...
| Jun 16, 2011
| 11:13 AM
It was a roaring hot day, and the dark, cozy bar and dining room inside One-Eyed Mike's was packed.
"It's an hour wait if you want to be seated inside," a bartender said. "We can seat you immediately outside."
That was fine with us — the dining...