A Fresh Start for 2021 in Downtown Towson

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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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Nacho Mama's

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.

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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

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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. 

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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. 

 

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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.

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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. 

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Nacho Mama's

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

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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. 

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Charles Village Pub

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

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THB

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

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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

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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).

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OCB Spa

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. 

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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. 

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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 in Downtown Towson

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (most of the time) and Towsonites are out and about, enjoying the springtime. This time of year, the streets outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments are bustling and there’s always something to do.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in downtown Towson this spring:

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Madison Reed opens

A new hair color bar – Madison Reed – has opened at 1 East Joppa Road. The salon offers multiple services, including glosses and root touch-ups.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week

Baltimore County Restaurant Week is underway and lasts through May 2. Towson restaurants are offering a variety of different menus and pricing options.

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Café Troia’s dinner menu, for example, includes some gorgeous options, like a fettucine, Swiss chard and shrimp dish that looks terrific. 

 

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Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s Restaurant Week menu is fun and creative, with dishes like mole cordito and elotes locos – crazy corn that includes Flaming Hot Cheetos as one of its ingredients. 

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown – which celebrated one year in business on April 20 – is featuring dishes like a sliced ribeye cheesesteak during Restaurant Week. 

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C&R Pub

C&R Pub’s menu includes favorites like a Southern cobb salad and a shrimp po’boy. 

Seats on the Street

Outdoor dining on Pennsylvania Ave. is back, along with warmer weather. Participating restaurants include Nacho Mama’s, C&R Pub and CVP. Weather permitting, Pennsylvania will be shut down to traffic, but open for dining, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Towson Gardens Day

On April 29, head to central Towson for Towson Gardens Day, a celebration of all things spring. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include food trucks, live music and vendors including art, jewelry, produce and – of course – plants. 

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Lineup at The Recher

Now that live acts are back at The Recher, there’s always something to do in Towson. Upcoming shows include comedy from 98 Rock’s Justin Schlegel on April 24 and a show from Kurt Deemer Band on April 30.

 

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Drag Brunches

CVP and Simply Sinful Events host a Drag N Games brunch on Sunday, April 25. The party will include a show, games and baskets to win.

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The Point

The Point’s drag brunches, hosted by Robyn Ya’Men, are back for May, with multiple seatings on Saturday, May 15. Tickets for the shows are on sale now.

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Showtime Trivia at World of Beer

Trivia is back at World of Beer – starting on April 27. Every Tuesday night, sip a brew or two while you show off your knowledge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Small Business Saturday at the mall

Shop local at Towson Town Center on Saturday, May 8, during Small Business Saturday – a pop-up market featuring all sorts of local businesses.

The pop-up will take place in the Level 3 Rotunda. It’s a great way to support local makers and home-based businesses.

Mother’s Day Plans

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9 and Towson restaurants are already making plans to help you treat your moms right.

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The Point

At The Point, Mother’s Day brunch includes food specials and $20 bottomless brunch drinks.

Donating Blood

On Wednesday, May 12, the American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Towson Town Center. The drive takes place on Level 2 of the mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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Yappy Hour at The Point

On May 20, grab your favorite pup and head to the restaurant’s patio for Yappy Hour benefiting the Baltimore Humane Society. The event will feature drink and food specials for humans and dogs, with 15% of sales going to the Humane Society and other ways to give back. 

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Music at Red Pepper

Lovers of jazz, blues and American classics should stay abreast of happenings at Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro. The downtown Towson restaurant has plans to showcase local vocalists performing classic tunes. 

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Perennial Opening

Keep your eyes on Perennial, the new restaurant in the old Cunningham’s space at 1 Olympic Place. The restaurant, helmed by former Cunningham’s chef (and Food Network “Chopped” winner) Jay Rohlfing, is slated to open in May.

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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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