Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Restrictions and limitations will be lifted for wineries wanting to participate in farmers' markets, though access to markets is not guaranteed.
Local wineries will no longer face restrictions that have prevented them from participating in more than three farmers' markets per year throughout Maryland. Beginning on June 1, Maryland wineries will be able to attend an unlimited number of farmers' markets to sell wine by the bottle and offer samples. The new policy allows wineries to apply for an off-site permit, which grants access to any farmers' market. However, wineries will still have to be approved, and invited, by markets and event organizers before they are allowed in. In addition, wineries cannot sell wine by the glass at these markets. Previously, responsibility was placed on farmers' market managers and property managers to fill out the paperwork for each individual event. …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
A study recently released by a Maryland group found approximately $100 million in new business revenue could be generated from sales of beer and wine in chain stores.
A recent study commissioned by a statewide advocacy group found selling beer and wine in chain stores could result in significant revenue for Maryland. The study concluded that opening up wine and beer sales in chain stores, such as convenience stores and groceries, would generate $72 million in upfront licensing fees for the state. The issue of alcohol sales in chain stores became a major topic in Columbia in the summer when the husband of the president of Wegmans attempted to open a 10,000 square foot liquor store on the second floor of the new grocery store. The Howard County Beverage Board voted down that proposal after its members agreed it would violate state law and harm local businesses. Currently, Maryland is only one of four …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
None of the liquor stores cited were in Columbia.
Five liquor stores in Elkridge and one in Ellicott City were recently cited by Howard County police for selling liquor to underage customers, police said Thursday. Those liquor stores are: Jessup Discount Liquor, 7880 Washington Blvd, Elkridge Elkridge Discount Liquor, 5827 Washington Blvd, Elkridge Troy Farms Liquors, 6161 Meadowridge Rd, Elkridge Lark Brown Liquors, 6590 Old Waterloo Rd, Elkridge Waterloo Liquors, 6524 Old Waterloo Rd, Elkridge Dorsey Search Wine & Spirits, 4725 Dorsey Hall Dr, Ellicott City All establishments cited will now be brought before the Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for violation hearings, police said. Here’s how the test worked: Police said they sent two 19-year-old police cadets into the stores to try to …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Find out what special sales shops around the county are having.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Whether you live here or you're just visiting, here's a look at some of what Ellicott City has to offer
If you’re looking for unique gifts, unique dining experiences, or you are just trying to get into the holiday spirit, try Ellicott City. As the holiday shopping season gets going, Patch decided to put together a guide to local shops to help you make the most of your time here. Parking in the Historic District is free through Jan. 1, and if you don’t know where to find parking, try using Parker – a smartphone app that will let you know where the available spaces are. There are also several parking lots in the Historic District, find them on the attached map. Is there a local business you think shoppers should try for the holidays? Expand our guide by telling us about it in the comments section below. Looking for toys? Mumbles and Squeaks…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Check out Black Friday sales at major retailers and small businesses around the county.
Black Friday can be a tortorous event. On the one hand there are (occasionally dangerous) crowds at major retailers and outlets, but at the same time there are some great sales. This year, many large retailers such as Target and Walmart are opening on Thanksgiving evening, giving early bird shoppers the opportunity to shop until they drop—quite literally if they've had enough turkey. In addition, many local small businesses will be offering sales on their products. Below, we've compiled a list of local major retailers and small businesses that are offering Black Friday sales around Howard County on Nov. 23. For the big shops, you can click on the link in their name to view their full Black Friday flyers. Patch will continue to update …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The proposed liquor store in Wegmans has sparked the debate.
The proposed 10,000-square-foot liquor store inside the new Columbia Wegmans has reignited the debate on whether wine, beer and liquor should be sold in Maryland grocery and convenience stores. In an expansive article on Saturday, the Baltimore Sun examined how multiple grocery stores are trying to find ways around rules that generally ban chain grocery stores from selling wine, beer and liquor. (There are some exceptions, such as an Eastern Shore Giant location that has a license that has been grandfathered.) Adam Borden, the president of Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws, said the bans are antiquated. “Our culture has evolved,” said Borden. “It used to be one where temperance and orderly tax collections were our most paramount …