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'Holidays On Main' Supports Hometown Businesses

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is sponsoring "Holidays on Main" to support local business.

The is trying to give the community a big gift this year: your business.

"When you spend in your local community, nearly 70% of the money stays in the local community compared to less than 40% when you spend at a national retailer or 0% when you buy online," writes the group's executive director, Scott Walker, in a press release. 

The booster organization's Holidays On Main provides "a variety of activities that will help" residents to spend locally, an effort that is also being promoted by a national campaign called Keep The Cheer Here.

Here is this week's event: 

Thursday. Girls Night Out. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Shops and boutiques will be open late. Several shops are donating 10 percent of sales to the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance and the Cancer LifeNet. Participating stores include: , , The Whitehouse Trading Co., , , , and . 

Stay with Bel Air Patch for a listing of future events. 

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