Comptroller kicked off 'Shop Maryland for the Holidays' campaign by patronizing downtown Bethesda businesses Wednesday.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot kicked off his “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” tour in Bethesda Wednesday, encouraging Marylanders to get offline and get into local stores, Bethesda Patch reported. Franchot said in a statement that he hopes his tour will help boost the local economy, by helping those employed by the retail sector. “There is something to be said for the personal interactions with other shoppers and store employees at the holidays. It’s warm and inviting, unlike a cold, unfeeling computer,” Franchot said in a statement. Read the full story on Bethesda Patch.
College Park will benefit from two different consumer-friendly programs later this month.
Mid-August, it would seem, is a great time to buy. From Sunday, Aug. 12 to Saturday, Aug. 18, College Park will benefit from two different initiatives aimed at keeping customers happy and cash registers clanging. The first is the city's 2012 Buy Local and Independent Week, a council-backed effort urging consumers to spend their dollars in College Park—particularly with locally-owned and independent businesses. As part of the program, restaurants and retailers around town are pitching two-for-one deals, 50 percent markdowns, and other special offers. A flyer listing 20 participating businesses can be found here. The second is Shop Maryland Week, a statewide program that exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 per item from the …