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.

Bmore Secure and Shred-it!

by Stacy Tharp 14. May 2014

Shred-it Baltimore Team

This week is National Small Business Week and we wanted to share our support for our local entrepreneurs by showcasing one of our small business customers, Shred-it Baltimore.

Information fraud has been the fastest growing crime in the country over the past five years, according to Pru and Lee Miller, owners of Shred-it Baltimore. Shred-it specializes in secure information destruction services including paper shredding and hard drive and media destruction.

Shred-it Baltimore's strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction has allowed them to stand out as one of the leaders in the document and data destruction industry. Not-so-coincidentally, 1st Mariner’s same commitment to customer service is what compels Shred-it to bank with 1st Mariner.

Shred-it Baltimore

In an effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of consumer fraud and identity theft, Shred-it organizes Community Shred-it™ events. These events give individuals the opportunity to have their confidential documents destroyed on site, for a minimal fee or donation to a local charity.

Shred-it is hosting three community events this Saturday, May 17th in Baltimore, Bel Air and Annapolis. You can find more information on their website.

"It's rewarding to know that we run a business that provides a unique and necessary service to the businesses and residences in the Greater Baltimore metro area,” says Pru.

Shred-it Baltimore also creates employment opportunities for 50 residents.

According to the Millers, individuals and businesses must protect information in every imaginable way these days. The Shred-it website contains many free resources to improve information security and reduce the risk of fraud.



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