Kicking off September in Downtown Towson

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Though the start of this school year is an unusual one, there’s still excitement in the air, as kids gear up for classes and the streets of downtown Towson welcome back university students. There’s a sense of excitement in the air – and a lot of fun events scheduled to welcome the fall season back to Towson.

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

Dining Out in Towson

Though COVID-related dining restrictions are still in place, which means restaurants are operating on a limited capacity and shifting dining outside when possible, there’s a lot happening over the next few weeks at local restaurants.

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Towson Tavern and Rec Room have opened up new outdoor seating, with tables taking over Shealy Ave. on the weekends.

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It’s almost pumpkin spice season at THB! The iconic bagel spot will offer pumpkin spice bagels, cream cheese and lattes starting on Sept. 14.

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The rooftop at Barley’s Backyard Uptown is great spot for live music; the restaurant hosts musical guests several times a week.

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Catch all the games at C&R Pub: the Pennsylvania Ave. restaurant and bar hosts regular watch parties, with drink and food specials, for NHL and Orioles’ games.

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CVP has a solid lineup of weekly specials, including half-priced burgers on Mondays, 50-cent wings Wednesdays and $11.99 bottomless mimosas, bloodies, sangria and Natural Light drafts during Saturday and Sunday brunch. 

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On Sept. 26, The Point will host a drag brunch, starting at 10 a.m. 

Giving Back at Barley’s

From now through the end of October, Barley’s Backyard Uptown is collecting donations of new or gently used shoes. The shoes will be donated to The Red Devils, as part of their Soles4Shoes campaign, which ultimately benefits Maryland families who have been impacted by breast cancer.

Farmers’ Market Keeps on Growing

Don’t forget that the Towson Farmers’ Market, which takes over Allegheny Ave. every Thursday from 10: 45 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be going strong all month long (and through November). The market features tons of great vendors, from jewelry artists to barbecue purveyors.

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Fitness First

Unfortunately, the Towson YogaWorks studio closed permanently in mid-August. However, there are still plenty of ways to get your fitness fix around Towson.

Towne Barre continues to hold classes both inside and outside. The studio is open for private and very small group sessions, too. 

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In-studio classes are on at 4 Warriors Yoga; the Towson studio also has virtual options for those who want to practice from home. 

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LA Fitness is open with classes scheduled every day of the week.

Some local bars and restaurants are getting in on the action, too, hosting one-off classes in their outdoor spaces. Check out Barley’s Backyard Uptown on Sept. 26, when the rooftop deck transforms into a boxing studio for a class taught by Jason Nissley, followed by a fun brunch with food and drink specials. 

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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. 

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

Valentine’s Dining

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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. 

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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. 

 

 

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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

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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