Marylanders traveling for Thanksgiving to reach 12-year high

About 1.06 million Marylanders are expected to travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving, according to new estimates from AAA Mid-Atlantic, a 3.4 percent increase from last year. That would be the highest travel volume for residents of the state since 2005. Nationally, about 50.9 million Americans will travel for the holiday, according to AAA, also a 12-year record. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Demolition begins at Eastport site for Annapolis Yacht Club expansion

Work has begun on the Annapolis Yacht Club expansion, a $18.5 million development more than two years in the making. Demolition of the forthcoming AYC Family Activity Center started on the 4.34 acre development area. Crews are knocking down a few houses on Burnside Street, said planning and zoning director Pete Gutwald. (Capital)

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T. Rowe Price puts a lot of dough into Dunkin’

T. Rowe Price's new stake in Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., the company behind Dunkin' Donuts, is anything but Munchkin-sized. The Baltimore investment manager (NASDAQ: TROW) revealed in a securities filing Monday that it now holds a more than 10 percent stake in Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin' (NASDAQ: DNKN). It owns 9.2 million Dunkin' shares, up from 2.7 million as of Sept. 30, according to Thomson Reuters. (Boston Bus. Journal)

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Portalli's restaurant to reopen in time for Ellicott City's Midnight Madness

More than a year after severe flooding ravaged historic Ellicott City, Portalli’s, a restaurant on Main Street, will welcome customers back again. The Italian restaurant is set to reopen Dec. 1, in time for Ellicott City’s Midnight Madness holiday celebration. It has been closed since July 2016, when record floods swept through the town, destroying businesses and homes and killing two people. (Balt. Sun)

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Third generation assumes leadership of Electric Motor Repair Co.

Caroline Kauffman-Kirschnick has been appointed president of Electric Motor Repair Co., a Rosedale-based service company that employs 200 people. Kauffman-Kirschnick succeeds her father, Roger Kauffman, who succeeded his father, Harry Kauffman, as president of EMR in 1985. “Over the years, Caroline has steadily demonstrated her strong leadership skills, keen business sense and remarkable dedication to our employees that has propelled EMR to be the industry leader we are today,” Roger Kauffman said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Eddie's of Mount Vernon approved for demolition

Baltimore’s historic preservation commission has approved the demolition of Eddie’s in Mount Vernon to make way for a new grocery store and mixed-use development. The project by Mount Vernon resident and developer Dennis Richter required approval from the Commission on Historic Architectural Preservation because Mount Vernon is a historic district. (Balt. Sun)

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Long-awaited Weis Markets opens in Brunswick

After nearly four years, the Brunswick community finally has a supermarket again with Thursday’s opening of a Weis store in Brunswick Crossing. The 56,800-square-foot store will be the first in Brunswick since a Fresh & Green’s store closed in December 2013. The store’s opening means “everything” for the city’s residents, Mayor Jeff Snoots said Wednesday at a ceremony to celebrate the opening and offer a preview of the store, which officially opens at 6 a.m. Thursday. (News-Post)

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Somerset's first modern distillery aims for more than liquidity

The red, barn-like building in Princess Anne's industrial park was custom-built for a company that — until it closed a few years ago — transformed spent cooking oil into biodiesel fuel. Its new tenant has something with a little less zing in mind. But not much less. Tom and Tina Cropper have turned the 6,000-square-foot plant into a distillery, the first in Somerset County in modern times and the second overall on the Lower Shore of Maryland. (Daily Times)

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