What’s Happening in Downtown Towson

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Despite limitations on restaurant capacity and event size driven by concerns surrounding COVID-19, downtown Towson is thriving this summer, with fun – and safely socially distant – dining opportunities, shopping and events. Local businesses and their patrons continue to adapt to restrictions and guidelines as they evolve, so the community as a whole can make the most of the summertime while staying as safe as possible.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this summer in downtown Towson – just outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:

Dining Out in Towson

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Current guidelines in Baltimore County allow restaurants to operate outdoors and – with limited capacity – indoors. To accommodate more diners in a safe environment, Towson spots have expanded outdoor seating and made adjustments to their interiors.  

Seats on the Street, the outdoor dining initiative the Towson Chamber of Commerce launched earlier this summer, is still going strong. On weekends, the stretch of Pennsylvania Ave. between York Rd. and Washington Ave. closes for outdoor dining, with service from Charles Village Pub, C&R Pub, Nacho Mama’s, The Point, and Slice NY Pizza Pasta & Grill.

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Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar has upgraded its interior with partitions to separate groups from one another, keeping them safe. 

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Café Troia’s outdoor dining space has fans and carefully spaced tables. The Allegheny Ave. restaurant also offers delivery for a low fee within a 6-mile radius. 

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Cunningham’s Café & Bakery has new umbrellas for its outdoor patio seating and lots of space (plus daily specials that sound terrific). 

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Plantbar Towson (the old Zia’s Café) officially reopened at the end of July. The juice bar will roar back to life in August with a fitness + cleanse program.

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At The Point, seating is available inside and outside on the patio and the restaurant has live music and DJ’s some nights, and regular trivia nights. Check their Facebook page for specifics. 

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown is also hosting live music on its rooftop patio. 

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CVP’s huge patio and indoor space are also both open; the Pennsylvania Ave. restaurant is taking the mask guidelines very seriously, too. 

What’s Up at the Mall

Towson Town Center has reopened though some specific stores remain closed. Curbside pickup is also available from many stores and restaurants. If you’re thinking about a big shop, consider heading to the mall the week of August 9-15 for Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week – a seven-day stretch when sales tax is not charged.

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Farmers’ Market Is Thriving

The Towson Farmers’ Market is up and running every Thursday, starting at 10 :45 a.m. until 3 p.m. Stop by to check out the market’s selection of food, wine, art and clothing, which stretches down the block of Allegheny Ave. just off the circle.

The market runs through November.

Getting Fit

Local fitness centers have reopened, albeit with new guidelines to ensure the safety of members. 

Towne Barre has resumed indoor classes but continues to operate outdoors, as well, and has one-on-one and very small group opportunities for classes.

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At YogaWorks, both teachers and students are required to wear masks while practicing (though live classes are also available to stream at home, where you won’t have to wear a mask).

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February Fun in Downtown Towson

The air might be chilly but downtown Towson is hot this month. From football deals to Valentine’s celebrations, there’s plenty for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments to enjoy, right downtown.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around Towson:

Super Bowl Specials

The Super Bowl is late this year – Sunday, Feb. 13 – and while the Ravens are, sadly, not contenders, the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and LA Rams should be a good one.

Spots all over Towson will be showing the game on multiple screens – and offering fun deals while you watch.

 
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CVP has tons of deals available during the game, from $9.99 32-ounce orange crushes to $9.99 crab pretzels. The restaurant is offering carryout deals, too, if you’d rather watch from the comfort of your apartment. 

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World of Beer

At World of Beer, enjoy $6 appetizers, including loaded tots and burger or chicken sliders, and $4 White Claws, Michelob Ultras or Bud Lights during the game. 

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The Point

Before Valentine’s Day…comes Galentine’s Day. On Saturday, Feb. 12, The Point in Towson will celebrate the day for the ladies with a fun drag brunch, hosted by Robyn Ya’Men. 

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Papi’s Tacos

Papi’s Tacos has a fun taco date package available between Friday, Feb. 11 and (Taco) Tuesday, Feb. 15. The deal, which is available to order online, includes tacos (served in a heart-shaped container), salsa, guacamole, rice and beans, chile toreado, margaritas, dessert (tres leches cake or churros) and conversation hearts. It’s available for two or four people. 

 

 

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Whole Foods

The brand new Whole Foods has a bunch of Valentine’s Day deals, including a double dozen bunch of roses for just $19.99 for Amazon Prime members. The flower deal is available from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 (so even if you’re a day late, you can still take advantage of it). 

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THB Bagelry & Deli

Does your loved one love bagels? From now through Feb. 14, THB Bagelry & Deli is offering free shipping on a Valentine’s merch combo: a travel mug and bagel long-sleeve t-shirt. Plus, THB’s sweet cinnamon bagels are back for the season – they just might be better than Valentine’s chocolate.

New Menus

Local spots are busy updating their menus for the season.

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a few new items on the menu, including spaghetti and meatballs with a side Caesar salad, which looks perfect for cold February days and nights. 

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Check out The Point in Towson’s hoisin turkey smash burger, plus other items from the updated February menu. 

Live Music Downtown

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The Recher

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the rock band Kix will perform at The Recher for the first time ever. Local rockers Last Kiss Goodnight will open.

Now is the time to grab tickets for some of the venue’s big upcoming shows, too, including Carbon Leaf on Friday, March 18, Cowboy Mouth on Saturday, March 19, and Better Off Dead on Friday, April 1.

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, acoustic musician Tony Lardieri will play on Friday, Feb. 18, starting at 9 p.m., and on Saturday, March 5, the Carlos Cubas Band will perform. 

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On Saturday evenings, Nacho Mama’s hosts live music – usually more than one act – from happy hour through 11 p.m. 

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Perennial continues to host happy hour music every single day – both weekdays and weekends – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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Sam Cochran will perform at The Point in Towson on Friday, Feb. 11.

Towson Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Several local spots are participating in the Towson Chamber’s “Year of the Tiger” extended Lunar New Year celebration (which is also a nod to the Towson Tiger). , including Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro, Coffee Talk Café and Towson Best.

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At Coffee Talk Café, from now through Feb. 15, check out the Year of the Tiger sandwich and at Towson Best Chinese & Sushi, you’ll receive 10% off all menu items from now through Feb. 15.

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Plus, from now through Feb. 15, Paradise Spa is offering a 10% discount on expenditures of $30 and more and a gift card deal – buy two 60-minute gift cards and get a 30-minute gift card free. 

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Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro

Year of the Tiger events and deals will continue throughout the year – mark you calendar now for March cultural events at Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro.

Dine & Delight at the Mall

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Towson Town Center’s Dine & Delight promotion, offering a $20 reward when you spend $50 or more at mall restaurants, is going strong, now through the end of February. 

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