I don’t own a car, so my holiday shopping in Baltimore is limited to malls along the Light Rail, Metro Subway and Charm City Circulator\Harbor Connecter. This is a list of the nine establishments that I know of that fit those requirements.
1) Lutherville Station is one of my favorite malls. Okay, it’s not,
but I get train sick on the light rail and getting off there gives me a chance
to recover before continuing on my way to Hunt Valley. Besides, they have a
Borders (now closed), Old Navy, Kohls, and a Halloween store.
2) Hunt Valley Town Center is usually my ultimate destination
whenever I get off at Lutherville Station. It’s a small relatively walkable
outdoor mall with a variety of shops built around a central “Main Street” which
conveniently terminates at the light rail station.
They have a bookstore, a coffee
shop and several chain restaurants, but I wish they carried the whole “town
center” theme beyond just that one street.
3) Sadly, Owings Mills mall (which looks a lot like a vacant version of Philadelphia’s King
of Prussia mall) has fallen victim to both increased competition and a
worsening economy as nearly every store front was vacant (as was the entire second floor save for the food court). Go there
if you think we’re out of the recession.
4) According to Wikipedia, Reistertown Plaza was built as an
outdoor mall, and it shows through in its atrocious layout. In fact, if I
wanted to go the Dollar Store on the north side of the mall I’d have to exit
via the food court and go around the back of the building – ditto for anything
on the west side of the plaza.
5) Mondawmin Mall is a
large indoor mall located on MTA Metro line; it is clean and bright with two
large fountains near the back entrance. It has a nice selection of stores and
is definitely worth the “Best Mall” award it
won in 2009.
6) Southside Marketplace is a basic strip mall on the, well, south
side of Federal Hill just west of Fort McHenry. It is roughly a half mile from
the nearest CCC stop, but it will be much more convenient to get to once the
Harborview Connecter opens sometime next year.
7) The Gallery is an
upscale mall in the heart of downtown Baltimore that is doing quite well for
itself despite the visible mob of “Occupiers”
across the street protesting (amongst other things) the conspicuous display of
It’s not huge, but it manages to
house most upscale chains like Gap, Banana Republic and Starbucks. They have a
limited food court on the 4th court.
8) Harborplace is sometimes called “the crown jewel of Inner Harbor,”
and, frankly, I have no idea why.
Their Light Street Pavilion
consists of only 3 stores: H&M, Newsstand and Hooters. The rest of it is
vacant from the departure of Phillips Seafood to the nearby Power Plant
Their Pratt Street Pavilion
consists of seven restaurants, a psychic and a smoothie shop along with a
bridge to The Gallery.
9) Cromwell Field Mall, like Southside Market, is essentially an oversized
strip mall with a grocery store and an assortment of fast food places, but
lacking a major anchor store. It is across the street from the southbound
terminus of the light rail.