The Ladew gardens are a beautiful place to spend an afternoon with a date, by yourself, or with family. The gardens are intricate, with lots of little "rooms" to look at. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours here, meandering through the grounds. Picnicing on the grounds is allowed, so bring a basket and a blanket if you're so inclined. It is a really peaceful, breathtaking place to visit.
This little grocery store is located in an unassuming strip mall, but don't be fooled - it is packed with good stuff! Lots of produce that you can't find in any regular grocery store, giant bags of rice, and lots of packaged foods. There is also a nice assortment of candies - yum! There are some freezer cases with an assortment of frozen foods. They also sell kimchi that they make at the store (i think!). The prices are good, especially considering that you can't find most of this stuff anywhere else around here.
Edie's is a teeny little grocery store in Mt. Vernon. You won't find all your favorites here, and the produce section is seriously lacking, but its nice to have a little grocery store here for times when you need a quick ingredient or two without driving out of the neighborhood. Prices are high, as you'd expect from a small place like this. We don't do much shopping here, but its nice to that its here if we need it.
The Zone is on Charles street, right in Mt. Vernon. It is a quirky little vintage clothing store, with clothes, party dresses, shoes, and accessories. They also have a small selection of new clothes designed by local designers. You can always find a mod dress, or some bug funky rings. The staff is laid-back and cool, and it is a very friendly place to shop. If you need that perfect disco outfit for a costume party (or just because!), then this is the place to go!
Hogan's is an auction house in Cockeysville. They have sales every week, and there is always a ton of stuff. You may have to pick through a bunch of junk, but you can find some real gems here, if you have the patience to stick around! The thill of getting a real find for cheap (the minimum bid is $2!) is worth it! Bring a snack, because the sales can go long, and there isn't a snack bar.
I went to this yarn store looking for yarn for a specific craft project. I don't knit, and don't know anything really about yarn, but the woman working there (the owner?) was extremely helpful in helping me figure out what I needed. The prices seemed good to me, but then again I don't buy much yarn. They also offer knitting classes for a pretty reasonable price. The store has a cozy, comfy atmosphere - a very friendly place.
My husband and I shopped at Smyth for our wedding rings. We found exactly what we wanted, and the staff person helping us was so patient as we took our time choosing rings. Everyone we talked to there was very knowledgable about jewelry. There was a mixup with my order (my ring was accidentally ordered in yellow gold, instead of white gold), and they were very apologetic, and quickly ordered the correct ring. All around, it was a great experience.
I visited Zena's after receiving a gift certificate for a spa day. I had a massage, leg wax, and manicure and pedicure. I was very happy with all the services provided. The massage was excellent and very calming. The leg wax was quick and professional - painful, but that's to be expected! The manicure and pedicure were great, too. I had no complaints about the service here - i was very happy with the whole experience! The prices are similar to other salons.
I joined this credit union about a year ago, and I've been very pleased with their service. The main branch on Paca Street is usually very busy, so I try to do most of my banking at the ATM. You can make deposits at their ATMs that aren't directly attached to a bank, which is very nice. Their online banking system is very easy to use, and is a great feature. To become a member of the credit union, you (or a family member) have to have some affiliation with the state - either have attended a state school, or work for a state agency.
I used to bank at 1st Mariner, and was always very happy with their services. There were never long lines when I would go in to make a deposit, and the staff was always friendly and helpful. One thing i really liked about this bank was that they weren't changing hands every other month - this bank is locally owned, and looks like it is going to stay that way.