Sparrows Point Country Club seeks to shrink course, add 300 houses

A Dundalk country club that’s been in business for nearly 100 years is planning to eliminate one-third of its golf course to make room for more than 300 townhouses, detached homes and villas on its waterfront property. Citing the financial strain of declining membership, Sparrows Point Country Club is asking Baltimore County for approval to build the homes to keep the club afloat — and take advantage of the area’s resurgence stemming from development of the Tradepoint Atlantic industrial campus. (Balt. Sun)

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Fall events fuel beach shoulder season growth

Thousands of people flocked to the Delaware beaches and Ocean City to participate in September and October festivals this year, and most businesses reported year-over-year growth. Events like Rehoboth's Sea Witch Festival, Ocean City's Bikefest and OCtoberfest are big draws for shoulder season business. (Daily Times)

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Amazon Books is coming to Bethesda Row

Bibliophiles mourning the loss of Barnes & Noble on Bethesda Row can take heart: an Amazon Books is coming to town. The e-commerce giant has opened 13 brick-and-mortar bookstores in seven states across the nation already, and a new location is under construction in Georgetown. The Bethesda bookstore will open at 7117 Arlington Road, in a space currently occupied by the home furnishing store Urban Country, a source told the Bethesda Beat on Monday. (Bethesda)

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Burger King renovation to help carry out effort to revitalize city’s Golden Mile

The latest effort in an ongoing plan to revitalize Frederick’s Golden Mile came in the form of a city Planning Commission approval of a long-anticipated fast-food makeover. Representatives of franchise owners Jeffrey Giangrande Corp. plan to tear down the current Burger King at 1003 W. Patrick St. and build a new one on its footprint. The work is set to begin within the next year and take roughly four months to finish, said Gary Giangrande, president of Jeffrey Giangrande Corp., after planning commissioners unanimously approved the site plan Monday.  (News-Post)

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D.C. power nap and meditation studio expands to Bethesda

The D.C. company facilitating your workday power nap is opening a second location to help more people catch up on their z’s. District-based Recharj — which launched in D.C. last year to offer a place to grab a snooze or meditation session short enough for a standard lunch break — has expanded to Bethesda, with a new studio at the Westmoreland Building at 6430 Rockledge Drive. It opens Nov. 16. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Ugly Pie opens storefront in downtown Salisbury: 'It's nice to have a home finally'

A little — or a big — slice of heaven can now be found in downtown Salisbury. The Ugly Pie, known for its homemade pie creations, opened its first storefront Nov. 4. The three owners, Bridget Perry, Heather Hall, and Shaina Bounds, started the business in November 2014 and can now offer customers a permanent place to pick up and enjoy their confections. (Daily Times)

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November 13 // Maryland employers receive lowest possible unemployment insurance tax rates under law

For the third straight year, Maryland employers will receive the lowest possible unemployment insurance tax rates under state law, according to Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland’s positive economic state, with its low unemployment and high job growth, has made the low tax rate possible. Since January 2015, Maryland has added more than 130,000 jobs, and unemployment is at its lowest since 2008. These factors have resulted in lower unemployment benefit payments, which have helped keep the rate at Table A. (Times-News)

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Bill Could Boost Minorities’ Stake As Medical Cannabis Nears

After a four-year wait to provide medical cannabis to patients, the drug could be available to Marylanders as early as this month, according to industry stakeholders. “I think we could see product in November, with increase in December and a steady flow from all operators in the new year,” said Wendy Bronfein, the marketing director for Curio Wellness, a company in Lutherville, Maryland, awarded two licenses to cultivate and process medical marijuana. However, racial diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry is wanting, and some lawmakers said they are planning to introduce a bill early next session to grant licenses to African-American business owners. (WJZ-AP)

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