Father's Day Gifts He'll Actually Use

by Stacy Tharp 11. June 2014

Father's Day

If your father is anything like mine, when asked what he wants for Father’s Day, he’ll reply, “I could use more socks.” No, Dad, I’m not going to get you socks. Instead, take matters into your own hands. Get him a unique gift based on one of his hobbies or interests – that way you know he’ll put it to good use! Here are some examples:

For the Dad with Baltimore Pride:

If there’s one thing that all Baltimore dads have in common, it’s that they can’t get enough Old Bay®. Help your dad season his crabs, shrimp, fries, eggs, pizza, etc. with style with this Old Bay Crab Feast 2 Piece Set. Throw some of these Old Bay® Seasoned Virginia Peanuts on the side (or make your own Old Bay® concoction!) and you’ve got yourself a nicely themed gift for your Baltimore dad.

For the Baltimore Techie:

If your dad spends a lot of time by the computer, get him something useful that also allows him to show off his Baltimore pride, such as a crab-themed wireless mouse. Or if your father always has at least one eye on his mobile phone, how about a crab-themed iPhone case? You could also go for the DIY approach with a hand print crab. It’s shown here on a T-shirt, but you could do the same thing on a mouse pad or anything else!

For the Golfer:

If you’re looking for a nicer gift (possibly a group gift), consider the Garmin Approach® S1. This sport watch features a GPS which can measure individual shot distances and track how far you walk on the course. Also check out the other Approach® models for different features.

If you’re looking for a golf-themed gift that’s a little bit easier on the wallet, golfer dads could always use more of their favorite golf balls or golf gloves. Add a personal touch by creating a basket of all of his favorite items on the green: golf balls, tees, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, etc. Or this DIY golf tee porcupine is a great gift from the kids.

For the Grill Master:

No matter how much your dad enjoys grilling, no one likes cleaning up afterwards. This Grand Grill Daddy Platinum Steam Cleaning Grill Brush makes cleanup a breeze. If you’re looking to spend less, how about a BBQ wing rack, a seafood grill rack, or even a jalapeno popper grilling rack? Round out the gift with your dad’s favorite rub or barbeque sauce, or make your own homemade sauce.

If your dad doesn’t fall into one of these categories, choose a hobby he does enjoy and I’m confident you can come up with a creative gift that he will love! You can view our Pinterest board for more ideas.

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Memorial Day Steals and Deals

by Stacy Tharp 21. May 2014

American Flags

This weekend while you are down the ocean, firing up the grill and enjoying your extra day off, try to remember exactly WHY you are celebrating this federal holiday. Memorial Day was created to remember those who died while serving our country. Memorial Day celebrations are often extended to our living veterans and those who are currently serving in the U.S. Military. Here are some 2014 Memorial Day deals – some apply specifically to veterans and current military personnel, and some are for all to enjoy.

Home Depot: On Memorial Day, all veterans are eligible for Home Depot's 10% military discount. (This discount also applies to veterans on July 4th and Veterans Day.)

Hooters: Hooters is offering 10 free wings with a drink purchase to all active duty military, veterans and their spouses on Memorial Day.

Lowes: Lowes honors all veterans on Memorial Day (as well as July 4th and Veterans Day) with a 10% discount.

King's Dominion: All active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women can enjoy free park admission on May 24 -26 (as well as July 4-5) with a valid military I.D.

Wendy's: On Monday, May 26 from 12 PM to 8 PM everybody gets a free waffle cone Frosty™ at participating locations.

Boston Market: In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, you can get 10% off your in-restaurant order when you show your military or veteran ID for the entire month of May. Additionally, Boston Market is offering a 50% discount on any family meal for everyone on Memorial Day.

General Motors: All active, reserve, retired and veteran military are eligible to receive the General Motors military discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles until June 30, 2014.

Baja Fresh: Receive 25% off your purchase with proof of Military ID the week of May 20th - May 26th.

Please contact the businesses for restrictions, requirements and more details.

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Chazz: A Slice of Baltimore

by Stacy Tharp 16. May 2014

Chazz Coal-Fired Pizza Oven

Today is the final day of National Small Business Week, and last but not least, we’re highlighting Harbor East’s Italian restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original. I had the pleasure of speaking with owner Alessandro Vitale while dining at Chazz last week.

Vitale partnered with Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri to open the restaurant three years ago. Choosing Baltimore’s Harbor East location was a clear choice for Vitale since he was born and raised in Baltimore and has watched the area grow over the years with new businesses and residents. Chazz is only a few short blocks from the Vitale family restaurant, Aldo’s of Little Italy.

A large part of what sets Chazz apart from the slew of other Harbor East restaurants is its coal-fired pizza oven. This type of oven is commonly found in Italy and New York, but is difficult to come by in Baltimore.

Vitale’s commitment to Baltimore doesn’t end with his restaurants. He banks locally with 1st Mariner because he believes that people at a local community bank “know the roots and community.”

“It’s all about the people and the relationships,” he says. “[1st Mariner employees] are my customers too. They know my product, they know me and they know my needs.”

So the next time you’re in the Harbor East area, stop by Chazz and see for yourself what all the hype is about. I’m speaking from experience when I say their coal-fired oven makes their pizza stand out from the crowd. And don’t even get me started on the veal meatball! Just order it. You can thank me later.



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