| Jul 30, 2012
| 10:20 AM
What does heaven taste like? For Suzanne Glover O'Melia, it tastes like her mother's sweet pepper jelly.
O'Melia, of Maple Lawn, and her daughter, Bailey Glover Johnson, are the owners and proprietors of Pepper Jelly Heaven, a jelly-making operation that...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 9:15 AM
Developers of the now-closed Laurel Mall will hold an invitation-only groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 14 to mark the beginning of their plans to demolish the mall and remake it as an open, town-center style shopping plaza called Towne Centre at Laurel, a...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 9:09 AM
Laurel Mall news nothing to get excited about
So a grocery store (Harris Teeter) and Burlington Coat Factory (already here and completely empty) are the main attractions to a new open center look to replace the still-standing (parking decks and all)...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 8:58 AM
"One of the reasons [Whole Foods] came into Howard County, and specifically Columbia, was the community feel that already exists." ("Whole Foods confirms it will open store in Columbia," Aug. 2.) I could not have imagined better news to follow so soon...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 12:38 PM
After going through ownership changes, scrubbed designs and, to the chagrin of local officials and residents, being several years behind its promised construction schedule, the $130 million makeover of the now-closed Laurel Mall is finally happening.
| Aug 14, 2012
| 1:55 PM
With a collective sigh of relief and the lowering of a sign, demolition of the biggest eyesore in Laurel finally began this week. Laurel Mall, which has maintained a large footprint on Route 1 for more than 30 years and lately has fallen into disrepair,...
| May 5, 2012
| 11:46 AM
Unlike most other states, Maryland shoppers have to make one extra stop for a cabernet to go with that steak they bought on sale at the supermarket —grocery stores in the state generally are banned from selling alcohol.
| Oct 26, 2012
| 2:37 PM
There's a transformation taking place this fall that is obvious from the former National Brewery in Brewers Hill. On a terrace just below the iconic Mr. Boh sign, I observed a construction army at work along Conkling and Dean streets. Over the summer,...
| May 27, 2012
| 4:51 PM
The crimes appear ordinary on Howard County's November police log — two break-ins on U.S. 1, another at a Columbia home where a television and video games were taken, and a man held up at gunpoint in the village of Kings Contrivance.
| Jun 4, 2012
| 11:26 AM
Mindy Torres knows a good deal when she sees one.
Colgate toothpaste can run as high as $3 per tube at local retailers, but on this particular Sunday at Harris Teeter in the Kings Contrivance Village Center, if you buy two tubes at $2 each, you get three...
| Jun 16, 2012
Plenty of shoppers at a Baltimore Safeway have started checking their cell phones while pushing carts and scanning shelves.
They may have been texting or checking Facebook updates, but now grocery customers could use mobile devices to plan meals,...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 10:10 AM
Hooray! We finally have a Wegmans in Columbia! I can't wait to fight the Saturday morning zombie hordes on the streets of the SnowDobbin shopping megalopolis.
I'm so glad the government of one of the most desirable retail markets in the country lacked...