| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:54 PM
Smokers looking to light up socially haven't been able to in Maryland's bars and restaurants since 2007, when the General Assembly banned smoking in most public places.
Enter the state's growing number of hookah lounges, where patrons smoke flavored...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Harford County holiday shoppers may have flooded local retailers Thanksgiving evening and Friday morning for traditional Black Friday sales, but there will be plenty of great pre-Christmas deals to choose from in the shops along the main downtown...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 6:49 PM
When Amazon.com opens a huge distribution center next year in Southeast Baltimore, consumers across the state who buy books, electronics, toys or anything else from the online seller will no longer be able to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax....
| Nov 30, 2013
| 2:44 PM
Even hard-core shoppers might not know the Saturday after Thanksgiving has an official retail-related name.
But scores of independent merchants in the Baltimore area did their part Saturday to get the "Shop Small" message out for the fourth annual Small...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 4:31 PM
The lanky 18-year-old in a blue mortarboard cap, his shoulders festooned with tassels and other regalia, stepped to the lectern, gave Howard High School's Class of 2001 a nervous snicker and spoke words heard in countless other graduation speeches that...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:04 AM
Four weeks since it began selling health insurance on the state's new marketplace for the uninsured, Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. has signed up only five people.
That's a long way from the nonprofit health insurance provider's first-year goal of 15,...
| Nov 10, 2013
Netflix changed the way people rent movies. Amazon upended the big-box bookstore. Other online retailers grabbed market share in niches as diverse as contact lenses and pet medications.
Why not razors?
That's the question posed by a Catonsville firm...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 11:25 AM
The annual spring festival may be the Towson Chamber of Commerce's key fundraiser but Winterfest 2013, which begins with Black Friday, Nov. 29, and runs through the weekend before Christmas, is the chamber's annual key "fun-raiser."
"We draw children...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Continued technical problems with the state's health insurance exchange have prompted another delay of the opening of a site for small businesses to buy health plans.
Citing the problems on marylandhealthconnection.gov, which include sluggish...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:39 AM
One week after boosting its broadcasting holdings with the announcement of a deal to purchase 19 television stations, Tribune Co. said Wednesday morning it intends to spin off its publishing business into a separate company.
The move would separate...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:26 AM
The chemical and fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, where at least 15 were killed and more than 200 injured a few weeks ago hadn't been fully inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. (A partial inspection by a...
| Jul 21, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Like any construction firm hoping to break into government contracting, Linwood Scott's company needed to obtain a surety bond — a type of insurance — in order to win its first job.
But getting the bond, which is required for contracts...