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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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’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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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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