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Graul's Market and Eddie's of Roland Park

Graul's Market, 7713 Bellona Ave., (410) 823-6077, graulsmarket.com; Eddie's of Roland Park, 5113 Roland Ave., (410) 323-5492, eddiesofrolandpark.com

Graul's Markets and Eddie's of Roland Park are small, hyper-local family-owned grocery-store chains known for attentive personal service and high-quality products, often made in-store using family recipes. Both are particularly popular among the city's well-heeled, and not just for Eddie's famous crab cakes or Graul's scratch-made bakery cakes with genuine buttercream frosting. This demographic, it turns out, is self-selecting-only the relatively well-off get to shop at Graul's and Eddie's, because the markets do not accept EBT (electronic benefits transfer, also known as food stamps, which, in Maryland, take the form of the Independence Card). The working poor-i.e., the one in 10 Marylanders who are on food stamps-are just gonna have to shop at other local high-quality food retailers like Wegman's and Whole Foods, who don't discriminate at the payment terminal.

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