Located in the small town of Oakland in Maryland's panhandle, Hill Top Farmers Market and Candyland offers locally grown, seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as apple butter, different varieties of jelly, honey, several kinds of flours, shelled nuts, many varieties of cheese, sausages and other smoked meats, fruit juice, and Amish canned food products.
However, the market is mostly known for Candyland, selling over 900 varieties of candy. This is supposedly the world's largest selection of candy. The candy is displayed in three long rows of bins, and shoppers with a sweet tooth place their selections of candy in plastic bags and pay by the pound.
It took me two hrs to get there, a little bit far from where I stayed (College Park). This place was very nice. Although, I felt a bit hot because the walking path was open-air, there were many brandname shops (eg. Coach, Polo) that were not easy to be found in any other outlets. All the girls enjoyed shopping a lot and we accidently met in the same shop so often.
I spent a whole day in there, so I would suggest to be there early and don't forget to grab some outlet maps to manage your shopping route!
What to buy: Cloths - Aeropostales, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic
Beauty - Perfumania
Bags - Coach
What to pay: Oh... I did enjoy shopping. It was too scary to see my credit card statements at the end of the month -_-'
Giant Foods was founded during the midst of the Great Depression. At that time, grocery stores relied on high markups to make a profit, but people could no longer afford those prices. So, it seemed logical to the founders that, since the public was desperate for lower prices, the only answer was to replace high markups with high volume -- an innovative approach at the time. The founders of Giant reasoned that a large store that sold a lot of goods and operated on a self-services basis could afford to sell the food at lower prices. There also were many sceptics who said such a system could never succeed. They felt that these supermarkets would never catch on, and that opening one was a very risky business. They were sure enough wrong about that, weren't they? I had a hard time deciding where to put this tip. It is based in Largo, Maryland and a plurality of its stores are there, but they are prominent in northern Virginia and in Washington, DC. There used to be some down in the Richmond area too, but trade union demands kept the prices too high to compete with its open-shop counterparts. When I was at university, I would sometimes shop for small things in Fairfax at University Mall.
What to buy: They do offer a wide variety of foods, pharmaceuticals, and toiletries. In most stores, there is a meat room, deli and bakery.
What to pay: However, the prices are higher due to a combination of higher tax rates in their area together with compulsory trade union membership by employees.
Security Square Mall is a one-storey mall with 5 anchor stores, a movie house, a food court and 100 other stores. Among the key stores are Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Seoul Plaza, International Furniture Company, and Hecht's.
What to buy: Just about everything can be found here.
What to pay: Security Square is not a particularly upscale mall like Richmond's Short Pump Towne Centre, but it is not a rundown mall either.
Lot's of gifts shops and antiques in this little Resort Town on the Chesapeake Bay!
What to buy: Just about anything you want or
what you don't want, hahaha.
What to pay: Depends on the season. Sales go on at the end of the season like anywhere else.
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