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Bookstores Around Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

National Book Lovers Day is coming up on August 11th. This holiday was created for people who love books of all types. Whether you love mystery novels, historical fiction, or comic books, we encourage you to visit a local Baltimore bookstore and find some new reading material. Here are a few bookstores our real estate agents recommend.

  • Urban Reads Bookstore: 3008 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218
    Urban Reads Bookstore is a newer bookstore located near many Baltimore homes for sale. The owner is usually there and can help customers find specific titles or types of books. There's a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including many titles by black and female authors.

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Baltimore Book Shops - BHHS Homesale Realty

Although many people have switched to ebooks, there's nothing quite like holding a physical novel in your hand. There are many different book stores in the Baltimore area, perfect for both casual and avid readers. Our real estate agents can't cover them all, of course, so we've picked out some of our favorites.

  • The Book Thing — 3001 Vineyard Lane, Baltimore, MD 21218
    If you're looking for a place to get cheap books, then The Book Thing should be your first stop. That's because the books in this wonderful location are absolutely free. Their goal is to get books to those who want them, and they accept any donations that you're able to give. They have many different types of books to choose from and always have outstanding reviews. And if you have any books to donate, feel free to help them out.

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Cooking Classes Around Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

Whether you're a newbie in the kitchen or consider yourself to be a good cook, there's always something you can learn to sharpen your culinary skills. Fortunately, Baltimore has many cooking classes that cover endless techniques and types of cuisine for different age groups.

Our real estate agents recommend checking out the following five places to take cooking classes in Baltimore.

  • Baltimore Chef Shop - 807 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
    Located in the heart of Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood, Baltimore Chef Shop has three kitchens where you can learn from professional chefs. Techniques are emphasized over specific recipes, so the skills you learn can translate to many different dishes. Classes are available for a wide range of ages and skill levels, and you'll also find couples' cooking classes on the calendar if you'd like to plan a fun and different date night that lets you learn something new while dining on a delicious meal.

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Gardening Supplies - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

Spring is finally in the air! It's the perfect time of year to start a garden. Just in case you need a little extra incentive to start planting, April is actually National Garden Month. So pull on those gloves, get your green thumb out of storage, and head out to the garden. If you need any gardening supplies, our real estate agents can recommend some great shops in the Baltimore area.

  • Valley View Farms: 11035 York Rd., Cockeysville, MD 21030
    If you're in the area looking at Cockeysville homes for sale, then stop by Valley View Farms for your garden supplies. This locally owned store carries everything from plant starts to pottery. They have a large assortment of vegetables and herbs, along with more than 1,500 varieties of perennials.

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Quilting Shops - Lancaster, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

Lancaster is famous for quilts, often stitched by Mennonite and Amish women with great attention to detail. Whether you'd like to buy a fully finished quilt or need some help completing the project you've started, the area has many shops you'll want to visit. This is especially true on or around National Quilting Day, held on March 19.

Our real estate agents recommend stopping by the following five quilting shops around Lancaster.

  1. Rachel's of Greenfield - 2060 Creek Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
    Wall quilt patterns from Rachel's of Greenfield make it easy to start your own projects. They're pre-cut and are perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced crafters. The kits contain everything you need, including fabrics, embellishments, batting, patterns, and illustrated instructions. You'll have your choice of cute wall quilts that are ideal for a baby's nursery or Christmas-themed quilts to give as gifts or use as part of your own holiday decor. Others, such as spotted hen or tumbling blocks patterns, are a perfect addition any time of year. In addition to plenty of quilting patterns, the shop also carries ornament patterns and punch needle kits.

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Menswear Shops - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

One of the best things about buying a new home in Baltimore is that you have all new closets to fill up and stock with your favorite clothes. However, if you're new to the area, you may not know the best places to shop. Since December is National Tie Month, shopping for some new dress clothes is a great way to get out and explore Baltimore.

Whether you're moving into the area for a new job or moving across town for a change of scenery, our real estate agents recommend the following mens' clothing stores where you can find the latest ties, suits, and fashions paired perfectly with the personalized service you deserve.

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Small Business Saturday - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to local small businesses. Small Business Saturday is sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and lands on Nov. 27 this year. Our real estate agents encourage you to extend your purchasing power to stores in Harrisburg, PA, many of which are convenient to Harrisburg homes for sale.

  1. Stash Vintage - 11 S. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
    Established in 2013, Stash Vintage is a glorious mix of vintage pieces with real personalities. Stash maintains an incredible collection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Occasionally, they have smaller, vintage furniture pieces, art, house-ware items, handmade wares, plants, and odds and ends. Stash shares a storefront with The Midtown Dandy, a local men's vintage retailer. Their collection varies in era and style, but they make sure to stock unique pieces that can be added to any modern home. Because all of the pieces in the shop are authentic antique pieces from throughout the '50s into the '90s, you can always count on Stash to have unique pieces that are sure to make an amazing impression.

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Baltimore Bookstores - Shop Local - BHHS Homesale Realty

If you've been busy exploring Baltimore homes for sale, you already know that there's a lot of culture here! While many cities are lucky to have a single brick-and-mortar bookstore, you'll find many wonderful options in our area. A locally-owned independent bookstore provides a unique experience that you just can't find with an online retailer or a big box store. 

National Book Lover's Day is coming up on August 9th, making now the perfect time to visit some of the area's best local bookstores. Here are a few we recommend. 

  • Charm City Books: 782 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230
    If you're looking for a great selection of books, friendly staff, and delicious coffee, you can't go wrong with a stop at Charm City Books. This cute, cozy bookstore located in Baltimore's historic Pigtown has tons of ambiance. If you're a dog lover, you'll appreciate the company of the owner's sweet dogs, Coco and Lou. There's also an adorable kid's room upstairs, where you'll find a great selection of children's books.

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Baltimore Boutique Shopping - BHHS Homesale Realty

There are friends and family, and then there's your girl squad. The ladies who know you inside and out and have been there through the good times and bad. With everything that goes on in life, however, staying in touch with every one of your girlfriends can be hard. Having a girls' day out is a great way to catch up, have fun, and create memories with your gal pals. So, why not stop by local Baltimore boutiques for unique apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and accessories? Below, our real estate agents highlight these six boutiques ladies love to frequent in Charm City. Plug these addresses into your Google Maps and prepare for a super-fun shopping trip with your girls.

  1. Doubledutch - 1021 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
    This award-winning boutique in the Hampden neighborhood offers a wide selection of unique designs from small designers. Doubledutch provides a stylish boutique experience without gasp-inducing price tags. You can throw caution to the wind and gather armfuls of girlie-girl dresses, innovative tops, adorable shoes, eye-catching handbags, and soon-to-be-your-favorite jeans. Stop by from 6-9 pm on first Fridays for 10% shopping discounts, food, drinks, and a DJ.

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Gardening Supply Stores - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

Whether you're buying your first home or selling, you don't need our real estate agents to tell you the impact stunning landscaping makes. When you tour Harrisburg homes for sale, you'll see that for yourself. To help you maintain impressive curb appeal, several garden centers are located nearby. Beyond carrying the supplies you need to work in the yard, you'll find gorgeous plants appropriate to the local environment and experts willing to advise you. Here are a few places you may find interesting to investigate:

  • Highland Gardens - 423 S. 18th St., Camp Hill, PA
    Located just of the I-83, this location has helped make Camp Hill homes for sale look their very best for decades. Unlike the big box stores, Highland Gardens is family-owned and operated, with more than 50 years serving this area. Delivery services add to the convenience of shopping here. Not only does the store carry a vast selection of flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, it's also home to Stihl equipment. For those perfect finishing touches, consider some of the many pots, containers, and garden decor. Sketch and design services are also available to help start any landscaping venture.

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Golf Shops Around Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

Golfers in Maryland have a lot of reasons to be excited. Spring is in the air, and the greens are getting greener on all our beautiful Baltimore area golf courses. Not only that, but April 10th is National Golfers Day

Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local golf shops in and around Baltimore. There's a good chance you'll see us there on our way to the links this April. 

  1. Forest Park Golf Course Pro Shop- 2900 Hillsdale Rd., Baltimore, MD 21207
    One of the "Classic 5" of Baltimore public golf courses, the Forest Park Golf Course is a favorite spot for locals to play a round of golf. Home to 9- and 18-hole courses, Forest Park also offers a fully appointed pro shop, complete with clubs, apparel, and all the gear you could ever need. They're located a stone's throw from these Baltimore homes for sale.

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Vintage Shops Around Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

If you've been exploring Baltimore homes for sale, you'll soon need to start thinking about how you'll decorate your dream home. While there's no shortage of places to shop in the Baltimore area, we think there's something really special about decorating with unique vintage pieces. 

On their days off, many of our real estate agents enjoy visiting local vintage shops in search of hidden treasures. Here are a few of their favorites. 

  • Urban Interiors: 1200 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
    A fun vintage furniture store, Urban Interiors is a great place to shop for unique and original furniture and decor. The store is a little ways off the beaten path, but it's well worth the trip. They've been a favorite in the Hampden area since 2017. Their warehouse is also a block and a half away. When someone is working there, you'll see a sign out front. If you're lucky enough to catch them, you'll definitely want to come in and take a look around at all the incredible inventory that hasn't made its way to the store yet. Not quite sure how to decorate with vintage items? You're in luck! Urban Interiors also offers decorating services including re-designs, help with downsizing, and home staging.

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Craft Stores Around Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

March is Craft Month, so why not celebrate – or find – your favorite craft by heading out to a shop for supplies or inspiration? Crafting is relaxing yet productive since the result is a beautifully handcrafted piece to keep or give as a gift.

Our real estate agents suggest stopping by the following craft shops:

  • Tandy Leather Harrisburg – 3835 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109   
    Founded in 1919 with the goal of sharing leathercraft with the world, Tandy Leather carries anything you might need for your projects, including leather, machines and accessories; tools such as a stitching groover; hardware including buckles; and books and patterns. You'll also be able to learn about leathercraft through Tandy's Maker Spotlight, projects, and more at the shop, which is located near Harrisburg homes for sale.

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As you start to work on your list of holiday gifts to buy, you may be tempted to head to a big-box store to cross items off your list. But for interesting, creative presents that are more closely suited to your recipients, visit one of the holiday gift shops around Baltimore that specialize in unique items.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following Baltimore area shops to find unique holiday gifts:

  • 2910 on the Square – 2910 O'Donnell St., Baltimore, MD 21224
    For just over 20 years, 2910 on the Square has been a perfect spot to find unique holiday gifts. It's fewer than three miles east of the Inner Harbor and has two stories of wares ranging from the practical to the fun and frivolous. You'll find art, glass, jewelry, and more that will make a great gift for the holidays or any other time of the year. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Help is also available by appointment for curbside pickup.

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Consignment Shopping - Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

It's no secret that the impact of COVID-19 on the economy has left some feeling the pinch. If you've been saving up for one of the beautiful Baltimore homes for sale, you have even more reason to watch your spending.

Luckily, there are many ways to go easy on your wallet while hardly even noticing the difference. One of the tricks many of our real estate agents love is shopping at the area's best consignment shops. You can often find beautiful, unique items that (in our opinion) are far better than what you'll see at mass retailers. 

Want to find out for yourself? Head on out and visit a few of the great consignment shops nearby. National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is coming up on August 25th, so there's no time like the present to enjoy a shopping adventure! Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorites.

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Music Stores - Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

Do you play a killer air guitar solo when your favorite song comes on? Get the real thing when you explore these top music stores online or in-person around Baltimore homes for sale

  1. Brothers Music - 2112 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
    If you're on a budget, Brothers Music is the place for you. Brothers sells both new and used guitars, with all previously owned instruments thoroughly inspected and tested by the staff to ensure they're in proper working order. Customers are especially appreciative of the friendly and knowledgeable staff who have a knack of matching them with just the right guitar.

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