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Holiday Shopping Guide 2017

Dec 08, 2017 02:12PM

Your go-to list of local and regional retail centers, where you can find something for everyone on your list… even yourself!

Compiled by Riley Rubiano

Anne Arundel County

Annapolis Harbour Center

Description: Annapolis Harbour Center is a 292,000-square foot shopping center that is a well-known site for great deals. Only minutes from the historical state capital Annapolis, this outdoor center has gained much popularity. Vitals: 2512 A Solomons Island Road, Annapolis; 410-266-5857; Anchor Stores: Fresh Market, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Ulta Beauty, DSW What’s New: The AHC pond underwent modifications to maximize pollutant removal and habitat for native species. Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program worked with The Terrapin Institute to temporarily relocate turtles that would have been impacted by the construction. The construction is complete and over six dozen turtles were saved; addition of CaliBurger brings flavors of the west coast to Annapolis; Fleet Feet Sports is now open to shoe fanatics in need of some new kicks. Attractions Within & Nearby: Bow-Tie Cinemas is the perfect place for a movie and some Jack & Harry’s Gourmet Flavored Popcorn (in caramel or cheddar flavors); Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the key days to visit the PA Dutch Farmer’s Market for homemade foods and goods on sale (the pretzel logs are a must try); and Historic Downtown Annapolis is only four miles east.

Annapolis Towne Centre

Description: With over 2,000,000 square feet, Annapolis Towne Centre is a combination of lifestyle living and retail. The popularity of this shopping center comes from being just minutes away from downtown Annapolis. Vitals: 1906 Towne Centre Blvd, Annapolis; 410-573-9050 (contact stores individually); Anchor Stores: Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Whole Foods, 24 Fitness What’s New: Baltimore Coffee and Tea has joined the Towne Centre Boulevard to serve freshly roasted coffee, specialty drinks as well as breakfast and lunch; Holiday Promotions: December 21st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Ladies Night Out with great deals on retail and food; Whole Food’s will be holding a Vegetarian Feast for the Holidays on December 1st from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Come select an angel off of the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Origins through December 8th and give a gift to a child in need. Attractions Within & Nearby: Crosswinds Annapolis Towne Centre, Mariner Bay at Annapolis Towne Centre, and Grand View at Annapolis Towne Centre provide luxury living and have the life of Annapolis Towne Centre right outside their front door. Westfield Annapolis Mall is one mile northwest, Historic Downtown Annapolis is just five miles east.

Arundel Mills

Description: Arundel Mills incorporates retail shopping, entertainment as well as quality dining options all in one place. Located only minutes from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland’s largest outlet mall is a well-known shopping attraction. Vitals: 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover; 410-540-5100; Anchor Stores: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Burlington, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, T.J. Maxx What’s New: Three brands join the outlet mall: Kate Spade New York, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Under Armour Factory House; Grand Jewelers makes a grand appearance in the mall; with the mall undergoing a major renovation, the new modern Food Pavilion gains new restaurants: Burger King, the King of fast food, Charley’s Philly Steaks have fresh, quality, grilled-to-order subs the Charley’s way, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads offers a more healthier meal when eating on the go, Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt serve nonfat frozen yogurt with flavorful ingredients to create one-of-a-kind combinations, and Suki Hana/Wok-A-Holic presents a great menu of traditional Japanese cuisine. Holiday Promotions: Military discounts at Arundel Mills (ends July 31, 2019); Where is Santa? He’s Here! Allows kids to take photos with Santa as he visits from the North Pole through December 24 (don’t forget to bring your wish list!); Pet Photos with Santa takes place on December 10th, 7–10 p.m. in the Food Court. Attractions Within & Nearby: Cinemark Egyptian 24 Theaters shows a quantity of recently released movies on a wall-to-wall digital screen for an intense audience experience; Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament brings guests the experience of medieval feasts and sword fights inside an 11th century castle (no silverware necessary); Dave & Buster’s is the ultimate place to eat, drink, and play with arcade games, a bowling alley, and its own restaurant; Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel sits in the parking lot of the mall with 189 live action table games, over 4,200 slot machines, and dining options that are irresistible; Walmart and Costco Wholesale, just outside the mall, provide retail shopping and Costco Wholesale provides gas services for members; Townplace Suites by Marriott Arundel Mills BWI Airport, Hampton Inn & Suites Arundel Mills/Baltimore, Residence Inn by Marriott Arundel Mills BWI Airport, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Arundel Mills BWI Airport, Element Arundel Mills BWI Airport, Aloft Arundel Mills BWI Airport are hotels in the Arundel Mills area suitable for visitors.

Benfield Village Shopping center

Description: Benfield Village Shopping Center is mainly a grocery-based shopping center, but also includes offices and eateries. At the intersection of Benfield Road and Jumpers Hole Road, this center is well-known by residents for groceries. Vitals: 540 Benfield Road Anchor Stores: Safeway Attractions Within & Nearby: HappyLee Fitness and InShape MD are partnering organizations that offer a medically-based weight loss clinic as well as a fitness studio, Palm Beach Tan provides spray tanning and sunbed tanning to achieve the perfect skin tan, Rivera’s Mexican Café has authentic dishes that feature the flavors and spices of Mexico, Szechuan Inn serves traditional Chinese cuisine, Learn to Drive offers Drivers Ed classes for rookie drivers; Across Benfield Road, Park Deli is a local stop for sandwiches and salads (the Chicken Mojo is the go-to for a good panini).

Downtown Annapolis

Description: Downtown Annapolis is the heart of Maryland’s capital. Main Street crowds with locals, as well as visitors, for the shops and restaurants of Annapolis. The old architecture and design of buildings makes the historic city a major tourist attraction. Vitals: Annapolis; Holiday Promotions: Don’t miss out on Midnight Madness (December 7th and December 14th) where select stores stay open from 6 p.m.–midnight for those late night shoppers; Spectacular Holiday Light Display comes to Sandy Point State Park this year (through January 1st) with full displays of lights every night 5–10 p.m.; On December 3rd, West Street will be full of chocolate vendors from noon–5 p.m. for the second annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival featuring entertainment, shopping, and yes chocolate!; Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade brings the magic of lights to the Annapolis Harbor on Saturday, December 10th, 6–8 p.m.; Celebrate the new year in downtown Annapolis on December 31st with family- friendly activities, entertainment from DJs/live bands and of course fireworks! Attractions Within & Nearby: The U.S. Naval Academy is an undergraduate college that prepares men and women to become professional officers in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, Main Street is bordered by all restaurants and shops in Downtown Annapolis.

Festival at Riva

Description: Festival at Riva combines retail with restaurants for a great outdoor shopping center. Located just minutes away from the city of Annapolis, Festival at Riva is visited often. Vitals: 2323 Forest Drive, Annapolis; 571-382-1241 (call stores individually); Anchor Stores: Giant, Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Party City, Petco, T.J. MAXX What’s New: Chuy’s is an up and coming restaurant that brings authentic southern flavored Tex-Mex to the Annapolis area. Attractions Within & Nearby: Buffalo Wild Wings is the go-to place for wings, beer, games, and good times, Cheeburger Cheeburger gives off a 1960s retro impression to customers as they invent their own cheeseburger, Chuck E. Cheese is the perfect place for parties and family-friendly fun, MOD Pizza lets customers create their own pizza or choose from the menu (it is the Chipotle of pizzerias).

Park Plaza

Description: Park Plaza is an outdoor shopping center located in the heart of Severna Park. Off of Route 2, the plaza is very popular among the locals. Vitals: Ritchie Highway, Severna Park; (call stores individually) Anchor Stores: JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, dressbarn, Five Below, ACE, Hallmark Gold Crown What’s New: The Cottage has recently moved next to JOANN Fabrics and Crafts to expand their store. Attractions Within & Nearby: Noodles & Company, Mi Pueblo II, Park Tavern are family-friendly sit-down restaurants; The Breakfast Shoppe hosts quality meals for breakfast, lunch, or brunch from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. (the chicken and waffles are the best); Bill Bateman’s Bistro is a bar and restaurant perfect for watching the big game; The Cottage sells the newest and hottest brands of clothing and jewelry; Music & Arts provides instruments (rent or buy) as well as music lessons by music professionals.

Quarterfield Crossing

Description: Quarterfield Crossing includes both retail and restaurants to appeal to customers’ needs. Just off of Route 97, this pit stop is prominent for locals as well as visitors. Vitals: 415 George Clauss Boulevard, Severn; (call stores individually) Anchor Stores: Kohl’s Glen Burnie, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Sam’s Club (membership only), Walmart Supercenter Attractions Within & Nearby: Sam’s Club gas provides gas services for members only; The Grille at Quarterfield Station, only one mile west, is a hangout spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Chick-fil-A is an option for fast food; Shoppers has groceries for the family.

Severna Park Marketplace

Description: Covering 20.6 acres, Severna Park Marketplace is a local neighborhood shopping center off of Ritchie Highway. Vitals: 551 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park; 410-544-0747 (call stores individually) Anchor Stores: Giant, Kohl’s, AC Moore Arts and Crafts, Office Depot What’s New: MOD Pizza is a new make-your-own pizzeria; Sprint Store has replaced the old RadioShack location. Attractions Within & Nearby: Einstein Bros. Bagels offers breakfast and lunch options from 5 a.m.–5 p.m.; Restaurants in the marketplace like Chipotle and Five Guys have a range of foods to fix your cravings.

Severna Park Shopping Village

Description: At what used to be a train station for the Baltimore Annapolis railroad, the Severna Park Shopping Village now includes retail shopping, restaurants, and local office buildings in Severna Park. Vitals: 540 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park; (call stores individually) Anchor Stores: All For the Pet, Savvy Consignment What’s New: Vida Taco Bar is a farm-to-taco establishment to create a friendly atmosphere for local diners (20 percent off your entire check on Taco Tuesday). Attractions Within & Nearby: Adam’s Taphouse and Grille, Garry’s Grille, RockWell Fitness, Across Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard is Sofi’s Crepes, The Big Bean, Jeno’s Steaks, Froyo House.

Village at Odenton Station

Description: Village at Odenton Station is known as a living community with apartment homes, but have introduced restaurants and retail into the shopping center. Located central to Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this village is close to the city. Vitals: 1415 Duckens Street, Odenton; 855-597-4848 What’s New: Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company provides freshly brewed coffee and tasty breakfast treats for those early birds. Attractions Within & Nearby: Ruth’s Chris Steak House gives customers an experience they will not forget with their award-winning wine list and exceptional foods, The Village at Odenton Station apartments provide luxury living with resort-style amenities.

Waugh Chapel Towne Centre

Description: Waugh Chapel Towne Centre is an expansion off of the successful Waugh Chapel Village with 79.4 acres of newly-developed retail, restaurants, and offices. Vitals: 1417 S. Main Chapel Way, Gambrills; (contact stores individually); Anchor Stores: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Regal Cinemas, Target, Wegmans What’s New: Jersey Mike’s Subs serving authentic submarine sandwiches measured in more than inches and seconds; test your teamwork and problem-solving skills with Mission Escape Rooms (will you be able to get out or crack under pressure?) Holiday Promotions: Select an angel off of the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Snip-it’s through December 8th to give a gift to a child in need (check online for store hours) Attractions Within & Nearby: Regal Cinemas projects recently-released films as well as sporting events and concerts that are available in standard, RealD, 3D, and IMAX theatres; Villas at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre and The Beacon at Waugh Chapel are town homes and apartments that share the conveniences of Waugh Chapel Towne Centre daily.

Waugh Chapel Village

Description: Waugh Chapel Village contains retail, senior living units, office buildings, and a supply of restaurants. This shopping center is at a prime location as it is only 15 minutes from Annapolis, 25 minutes from Baltimore, and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. Vitals: 1326 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills; Community Center: 410-451-8801 (contact stores individually); Anchor Stores: HomeGoods, LA Fitness, Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports, Safeway, T.J. Maxx Attractions Within & Nearby: Condominiums at The Village at Waugh Chapel are custom to those ages 55 and above and provide an active lifestyle; a variety of restaurants ranging from (not so) fast food like Chick-fil-A, to fine dining at 4 Seasons Grille, to a sweet treat from Cold Stone Creamery. Waugh Chapel Towne Centre is adjacent to the shopping center.

Westfield Annapolis Mall

Description: Westfield Annapolis Mall is a 1,416,774-square foot indoor shopping mall. Located near Route 50 and Interstate 97, Annapolis mall is a well-known shopping site. Vitals: 2002 Annapolis Mall Annapolis; 410-972-4996; Anchor Stores: Crate & Barrel, Forever 21, JC Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Sears What’s New: Three retail stores have been renovated: Apple Store, Zara, and Pandora. Box Lunch, Lovoda, and The North Face are all newly opened commercial stores; ManiLux is a recently opened nail salon; Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza Attractions Within & Nearby: Bow-Tie Cinemas, in mall, offers showings of most blockbuster movies; the food court has a variety of food selections and restaurants like Maggiano’s, California Pizza Kitchen, and Cheesecake Factory serve authentic family meals (we recommend sharing).

Queen Anne’s County

Kent Towne Market

Description: Kent Towne Market is a 108,000-square foot shopping center in the heart of Kent County. Located just over the Kent Island Bridge on Route 50, Kent Towne Market has a variety of retail and entertainment stores for everyone. Vitals: 16 Kent Town Market, Chester; 301-918-6662 Anchor Stores: Dollar Tree Attractions Within & Nearby: Big Lots provides discounts on everyday needs.

Thompson Creek Shopping Center

Description: Thompson Creek Shopping Center is a 5,845-square foot shopping center on Kent Island. The retail center provides eateries, grocery stores, and entertainment for locals living in Stevensville. Vitals: 380 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville; (Call stores individually) Anchor Stores: Food Lion, Rommel’s Ace Home Center, Tuesday Morning Attractions Within & Nearby: Luke’s Grille is a laid-back hangout spot for American food, a bar, and on occasion live music, Ichiban Sushi, located in the center, is a family-owned Japanese restaurant and bar with traditional Japanese food.

Queenstown Premium Outlets

Description: Queenstown Premium Outlets is a 25.7-acre mall on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Close to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, this outdoor shopping center is a popular pit stop. Vitals: 441 Outlet Center Drive, Queenstown; 410-827-8699; Anchor Stores: Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Old Navy, VF Outlet What’s New: Book Warehouse has books, calendars, and more Attractions Within & Nearby: Chesapeake Bay Bridge is 12 miles west; north of the highway The River and The Lakes golf courses at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course are popular spots to hold golf tournaments for Maryland and the metro area.

Howard County

Historic Savage Mill

Description: From what used to be a working textile mill, Historic Savage Mill has converted into a 175,000-square foot shopping center. Located near Columbia, the complex of stores include antique centers, craft galleries, art studios, specialty shops, and local restaurants definitely worth the drive. Vitals: 8600 Foundry Street, Savage; 410-792-2820; What’s New: Feldspar Studio & Gallery features a fine art gallery by artists with unique visions. Attractions Within & Nearby: Terrapin Adventures is an outdoor obstacle course that provides thrills for families, friends, team building, and parties that will make it an adventure to remember. Rams Head Savage Mill is the go-to pub for respite, good food, and great drinks.

The Mall in Columbia

Description: The Mall in Columbia is a 1,400,000-square foot indoor shopping center. Full with retail shopping and eateries. Columbia Mall attracts many shoppers from surrounding counties and communities. Vitals: 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia; 410-730-3300; Anchor Stores: JC Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sears What’s New: Sports Etc., Dazzle, Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too, Go! Games/Go! Toys are stocked with calendars, games, toys, puzzles, and gifts, Amazon pop up allows customers to gain hands-on experience with Amazon devices and ask questions for experts, Harry & David provides shoppers with gourmet gifts and premium foods and delicious treats for any occasion, BIBIBOP is a new addition to restaurants in the mall serving Asian cuisine, Jamba Juice is an extraordinary experience with delicious, nutritious, energizing smoothies and juices to make your day. Attractions Within & Nearby: AMC Theatres provide the best theatre environment with 14 big screens playing the most recent movies, The Cheesecake Factory serves lunch, dinner as well as dessert for those with a sweet tooth, P. F. Changs combines bistro-style with quality food for a great evening, Corner Bakery is a small café with a range of entrees to pick from, CaliBurger brings the flavors of the west over to the east, MOD Pizza allows customers to make their own pizza.

Ellicott City

Description: Ellicott City is a small town that incorporates retail shopping and restaurants on Main Street. About 20 minutes from Baltimore, this historic city was founded in 1772. Vitals: 8334 Main Street Ellicott City; What’s New: Lamp & Gift makes handmade customized households that are sentimental when personal photos are submitted; Discoveries reopens for business selling specialty dresses and jewelry for special occasions.

Prince George’s County

Bowie Town Center

Description: Bowie Towne Center has over 70 retail shops and many convenient eateries. Located near Route 301 and Route 50, this shopping center draws shoppers from Bowie, Crofton, Lanham, and Davidsonville. Vitals: 15606 Emerald Way, Bowie; 301-860-1818; Anchor Stores: Barnes & Noble, LA Fitness, Macy’s, Off Broadway Shows, Sears What’s New: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse brews their own award-winning handcrafted beer and puts a twist on pizza that you need to try. Attractions Within & Nearby: Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant perfect for a family meal (the salad and breadsticks are unlimited), Safeway is a grocery store known for deals and savings on food items, LongHorn Steakhouse offers casual dining in a ranch-style seating area.

Baltimore City

Inner Harbor

Description: The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s most well-known area for retail shopping, entertainment, and dining. Surrounding the Baltimore Harbor, the shops are a popular tourist attraction and have endless foot traffic. Vitals: Baltimore; Attractions Within & Nearby: Historic ships in Baltimore: USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, Lightship 116, Chesapeake and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouses make up the national historic landmarks; Maryland Science Center provides hands-on experience with exhibits and experiments; National Aquarium has all you need for a fun-filled vacation close to home; Port Discovery is a children’s museum with activities and entertainment to let out some energy; Power Plant Live features restaurants and entertainment in a common plaza; The Gallery has over 40 commercial and local retail stores that has something for everyone.