A Fresh Start for 2021 in Downtown Towson


In every corner of the world – including the halls of Hampton Plaza Apartments – this new year has been welcomed with open arms.

Here in Towson, the year is starting off strong, with fun restaurant and bar events, deals that will help you get and stay in shape, and a couple new spas that will help Towsonites look and feel great. Here’s a look at what’s new in town:

Restaurant News

It’s important to keep moving! Fortunately, there are tons of options to help you get motivated. You might even find a new workout routine you love during this time of social distancing.

Baltimore magazine has rounded up links to many local trainers and exercise studios that are offering classes online. Read them all here: https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/health/home-workouts-from-local-trainers-to-do-while-social-distancing

Other local fitness professionals sharing classes include Timonium-based barre studio Barrevolution, which is is offering short free classes on its Facebook page, and Baltimore yoga teacher Abir Alzenate, who is sharing free classes on her website.


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Towson restaurants are still open at limited capacity and continue to take additional safety precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, so before heading out, keep in mind that they may fill up quickly and make sure you have your mask.

Fans of Nacho Mama’s sister restaurant, Mama’s on the Half Shell in Canton, have something fun to look forward to: the Towson Mexican spot has added some of the Half Shell menu items to its lineup. Mama’s on the Half Shell is well-known for its terrific take on local seafood dishes, so this is great news for anyone who loves Chesapeake-region cuisine.


National Bagel Day Giveaway

On Friday, Jan. 15, THB celebrates National Bagel Day with a free bagel and cream cheese for anyone who purchases a beverage via the myTHB mobile app. In addition, a portion of sales that day will go to the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund, a nonprofit formed to support local hospitality industry workers who have been negatively impacted by COVID-related closings.

Towson Nightlife & Daytime Events


The Rec Room

The Rec Room hosts bingo night every Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. – including prizes and specials on both food and drinks. 


Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown puts a local spin on bingo on Sunday nights: prizes include gift cards from local Towson businesses. 



The Point

The Point has live music starting at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Keep an eye out, too, for evenings supporting the restaurant’s displaced workers from the Fells Point location – heading there for dinner or a drink on nights when the Fells crew is working is a great way to support those employees, since their location is currently closed for indoor or outdoor dining. 

The Point is also hosting a Disney Drag brunch on Jan. 16. Seating is limited and the restaurant’s drag brunches sell out, so grab tickets while they’re still available.


Dine & Delight at the Mall

Towson Town Center restaurants have a fun new program in place. When you spend $50 or more ordering from one of 16 mall eateries, you’ll receive a $20 reward card. The promotion lasts through Feb. 28 and includes places like The Brass Tap, Chick-fil-A, and Stoney River.

Football Fun

The Ravens have clinched their playoff berth, which means Lamar and his crew will continue to keep Towsonites on their edges of their seats in January. 


Nacho Mama's

Look for game day football specials at Nacho Mama’s – they always have some good ones. 


C&R Pub

C&R Pub typically has a long list of game day specials, including deals like 99 cent wings and $10 Miller Lite pitchers. 


Charles Village Pub

CVP has tons of TVs and offers food, drink and bucket specials during games.



And don’t forget about purple bagels from THB – they’ll be gone when the season ends. 


Barley's Backyard Uptown

Barley’s game day specials include deals on mimosa buckets and crush carafes. You can also grab VIP seating for prime viewing of the games.

New Spa Alerts


Touch Free Wellness Spa

Touch Free Wellness Spa recently opened in the former YogaWorks space on Allegheny Ave. The spa offers cryotherapy, hydro-massage and infrared sauna pods, among other services, and no practitioners are involved (hence the “touch-free” part of the name).

Services are offered in private rooms for one or two people at a time. Because the spaces are private,  masks are not required in those rooms (though they are required in the lobby).



Speaking of spas…OCB Spa moved into Dulaney Plaza in October. Right now, the beauty spa is partnering with Towne Barre, offering 21% off a first service to all Towne Barre clients. 

Getting Fit

If your 2021 goals include starting – or continuing – a fitness regimen, downtown Towson is a great place to be.

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Towne Barre

Towne Barre’s intro month “tasting” for $75 is a great deal and an excellent way to get to know the studio and its teachers. 


4 Warriors

If you’re interested in getting into yoga in the new year, check out 4 Warriors’ new yogi special – just $10 for 10 days of classes. 


Get Fit

LA Fitness has an easy new member deal – a $25 initiation fee and $29.99 per month for a multi-club, single-state membership (here, that includes, of course, the York Rd. outpost). 

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Spring Is on Its Way in Downtown Towson

With the weather warming up and restaurant and gym capacity restrictions lifted in Baltimore County (as of 5 p.m. on March 12), spirits are high in the Towson community. Local spots have many plans in the works to celebrate the new season. Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:


Perennial News

Olympic Place restaurant Cunningham’s closed last year, during the pandemic. This year, the space has received a refresh by celebrated local designer Patrick Sutton and when the restaurant inside reopens this spring, it will be called Perennial

Cunningham’s chef Jay Rohlfing – who is terrific – remains at the helm and Perennial will also carry on Cunningham’s commitment to work with local farmers and purveyors.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is officially Wednesday, March 17, but at many Towson eateries, the celebration of the Irish lasts all month long. Keep an eye out for specials (like Reuben sandwiches at Barley’s, Guinness beef stew at CVP, and Guinness Blonde deals at C&R) and fun events, like kegs and eggs at The Point. 

Plus, Towson restaurants and bars are banding together the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, hosting an Irish stroll on Saturday March 13. There will be fun specials and entertainment at several downtown Towson spots, including Nacho Mama’s, The Point, Rec Room, Barley’s Backyard Uptown, and CVP.


Pop-ups at The Point

The Point is continuing its pop-up series, welcoming chefs from different spots around the city for kitchen takeovers. On Monday, March 22, Chef Jonny Lease will offer a fun BBQ menu – and there are more pop-ups to come, too.


Maryland Day at THB

Maryland Day is March 25 and Towson Hot Bagel has fun plans in store for the holiday. The Towson bagelry is serving fun Maryland flag themed bagels that day (they’re available for pre-order, too) and will host a “Feed the Industry” event in partnership with the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund

During the event, THB will provide a meal to unemployed/underemployed members of Baltimore’s restaurant community who sign up via the BRRF website.


Paint Your Pet at The Point

On Thursday, March 25, head to The Point with a photo of your favorite pet for a night of sips, snacks, and pet portrait painting.


Live Music Returns to the Recher

After an 8-year hiatus, live music returns this month to The Recher Theater.

Opening night is March 19 – local icons Kelly Bell Band will take the stage for the first show. That concert is sold out already but there will be plenty more to follow, including a comedy show hosted by Mickey Cucchiella on March 20 and The Dirty Grass Players on March 26.

The Recher isn’t the only live music venue in town, either – keep an eye on social media for spots like C&R, The Point and Barley’s. They frequently host smaller acts, both on weekends and weeknights.


Upcoming Events

There’s much to look forward to over the next several months, including the return of Towson Gardens Day on April 29, a new season of Feet on the Street starting May 7, and the renewal of the Towson Farmer’s Market on June 3. 

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Valentine’s and More in Downtown Towson this February

This February, love is in the air at Hampton Plaza Apartments and all around downtown Towson. But this month isn’t only about Valentine’s Day – we also have football, music and a lot more on the horizon.

Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza:

What’s New in the Restaurant World

Under newly relaxed guidelines, restaurants and bars no longer have to close at 10 p.m., so late-night dining is once again an option in Towson.

That’s not the only news, either.

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Cunningham’s Café

Cunningham’s Café has a great lineup of freezer items available for purchase, from cookie dough to chicken noodle soup. They’re easy to carry home – and delicious. 



CVP’s popular bottomless brunch has returned very Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 



THB’s cinna-bagels are back on the menu – a perfect way to enjoy dessert-breakfast.

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a new menu item: the #BarstoolFund Bucket – a cocktail in a bucket with a special bonus: $4 of every bucket sold goes to the #BarstoolFund, which is raising money to directly support small businesses struggling due to COVID. 

Towson Town Center

Towson Town Center’s Dine & Delight promotion is still underway. From now through the end of February, spend $50 or more (via takeout, delivery or dine-in) at a participating restaurant and you’ll receive a $20 reward card. 

The list of participating restaurants is long and includes The Brass Tap, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, and even Chick-fil-A.

Super Bowl Fun

The Ravens might not have made it to the big game (this year) but watching Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay can still be a lot of fun.

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Burger Bros.

Burger Bros. is a great option for wings and burgers. And don’t miss the fries – they’re classic Ocean City-style spuds. 



CVP has dine-in and carryout specials available for Super Bowl Sunday.

Valentine’s Dining


Nacho Mama's

Nacho Mama’s has lots of plans in store for Valentine’s Day, including a special prix fixe option to celebrate. The restaurant also has a fun contest underway: you can enter to win an evening in the Elvis room with up to six people. 


Café Troia

Café Troia will offer a special three-course menu, with multiple options available, throughout Valentine’s weekend – from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14. The romantic restaurant will also have specials available a la carte. 




C&R Pub

C&R Pub has a couple live music evenings scheduled. On Friday, Feb. 12, Jim Wockenfuss and John Love will be at the pub and on Saturday, Feb. 27, Jim Zorn will play.  

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An Omelette Breakfast


Monday, Feb 22nd
7:30 - 9:30 AM
Second Floor Party Room

Omelettes* made to order with your choice of fixings, bagels and orange juice

*NOTE: If you have an allergy to dairy, peanuts, nuts or seeds, these items may come in contact with your omelette. Eat at your own risk. Hampton Plaza and the Omelette Caterers assume no responsibility for illness.

This is how it will work: Residents will come to the party room (with a facemask on) to order the omelette, wait for it and then take it back to your apartment to eat. Only one omelette per person. We will allow 8 people in the party room at one time, standing in a line, 6 feet apart, unless you are in the same household. Should there be more than 8 people in the room, we will line up down the hallway towards the pool or you can come back later!

Hope to see you there!

(Omelettes* made to order with your choice of fixings, bagels and orange juice)

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