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Franchot Tours Glyndon, Encourages Marylanders to Shop Locally

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot toured shops in Glyndon Thursday to encourage Marylanders to shop locally for the holidays.

To emphasize the importance of supporting local business this holiday season, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot took a tour of small businesses in Glyndon.

“I’m urging everyone who cares about Maryland to shop locally,” Franchot said.

Franchot was joined by Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond and Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Ditto.

His toured started at Santoni’s Marketplace and Catering, where he saw the sales office and hopped inside the market to buy some chocolate top cookies. He stopped by several other shops after that, including The Wine Post and The Boxwood Collection.

Michael Leggett, co-owner of The Wine Post, said his visit from the comptroller was pleasant, and Franchot bought a bottle of Boordy Vineyards Shiraz. Leggett said The Wine Post has been successful through initiatives like extra sales on small business Saturday and emphasizing customer services.

“Being in a small town like this, people want to keep small businesses in town,” he said.

Part of Franchot’s message is for Marylanders to go into local shops and stay off the internet for holiday shopping.

“As much as we love the internet, it’s not a level playing field,” Franchot said. “…When someone can show me a little league team in Maryland that says ‘Amazon.com’ on the back of their jerseys, I might change my view.”

kathy gambrill November 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
When you support local businesses, you support the community. Most small shops are owned by local people so you support your neighbors, too. The locals are the ones that donate time,services and goods to local causes the most. You get to meet interesting people that value you the minute you walk in the door. See you on Main Street!
ddbs00 December 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I try to shop in the small businesses in Glyndon, but the sales people in a couple of them act like they don't want my business so I'm happy to not give it to them. On the other hand, as someone who knows nothing about wine the people at The Wine Post were fantastic helping me out when I was looking to buy a bottle as a present. If I drank wine I'd buy all of mine from there.

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