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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Feel Festive in Downtown Towson this Fall

As the leaves start to fall and our thoughts turn to turkey, pumpkin pie, and even candy canes, there are plenty of ways to celebrate autumn and upcoming holidays in downtown Towson.

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Flower Box Fun

Keep an eye out for vibrant flower boxes, painted by six female artists and funded by a Community Legacy Grant given to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the colorful boxes, check out this article in Towson University’s paper The Towerlight: https://thetowerlight.com/more-than-flower-boxes/

 

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New Café

Keep an eye on the space at 215 Washington Ave. A new café – Hannah’s – is just about to open. The café will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and will serve breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast, bagels, sandwiches and salads. 

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Farmers Market Winds Down

This month is your last chance to hit the Towson Farmers’ Market until next year. The market, which takes place on Allegheny Avenue every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lasts through November 18 – the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It typically returns in early June.

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Library Story Time

The Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library has a strong story time schedule this month, including a special surprise: a Pizza and Taco story time on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event starts at 10:30 and is geared towards preschoolers.

Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving – Nov. 24 this year – is always one of the biggest and best in Towson. Local spots have plans in the works to make it extra fun this year.

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, the heaters will be on upstairs on the deck and happy hour will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, Sophomore will perform at 9 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving.

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CVP

CVP’s crowd will be entertained by Sydney Smith and Nate Finn starting at 6 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point is throwing a Throwback Thanksgiving Eve party with food and drink specials and ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s tunes from DJ Al.

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The Recher

If a live music show is more your speed, The Recher has you covered with a 20th year anniversary show from Baltimore’s own The Bridge. 

Thanksgiving Day

Barley’s and CVP both open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, welcoming all Turkey Bowl-goers for pregame festivities.

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Barley’s

Speaking of Barley’s and Thanksgiving, the restaurant is also bringing back last year’s take home or delivered Thanksgiving feast options, including baked turkey or ham, sausage lasagna, and family-sized side dishes.

Weekend Plans

The weekend starting Friday Nov. 19 is shaping up to be a great one around Towson, with music from iconic bands and a big brunch party.

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The Recher

It starts Friday night, when ‘90s stars The Samples perform at The Recher.

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The Point

Saturday morning, The Point is hosting a “Basic B**** Brunch” starting at 10 a.m. That means pumpkin spice cocktails, “basic” brunch bites, bottomless brunch cocktails and more. 

New social recommendations and restrictions put in place to minimize the impact of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” of the disease have changed life as we know it – both inside the walls of Hampton Plaza and all over the world. We’re all taking life one day at a time right now – and we’re all in this together. 

Social distancing is strange but it’s also an opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies. Whether you’re a parent with an apartment full of young, active children, a retiree living on your own, or anyone in between, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during this time. In addition to the usual suspects – watching movies, reading books, cleaning out your pantry, trying to teach your child 4th grade math – we’ve compiled some fun ways to pass the time while you are home:

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C&R Pub

Later in the day, local fave Chris Diller will take over the mic at C&R Pub

Black Friday Brunch

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The Point

Instead of braving the stores on Black Friday, head to The Point for a fun day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes bottomless drink specials and more. 

Santa!

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and Towson Town Center is ready for it.

Santa makes his debut on November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – and will be available for pictures through Christmas Eve. The mall is also hosting special pet nights with Santa, Monday evenings from November 29 through December 20.

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Mark your calendar now for December holiday events, including the Baltimore County Christmas tree lighting – with special appearances from Santa, the Grinch and Olaf. The lighting takes place in Olympic Park, on Alleghany Ave., on Friday, Dec. 3. 

Several local spots already have Breakfast with Santa plans in the works, as well – so now is the time to buy tickets and make reservations. CVP’s breakfast is on Dec. 4 and Barley’s Backyard Uptown’s breakfast is Dec. 12.

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Homemade Apple Pie Baking Contest!

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Time for the Hampton Plaza Pie Contest

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Trick or Treat Extravaganza

We are trying something new this year to make Halloween special.

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