Supporting Baltimore Businesses During COVID-19

Posted On April 10, 2020 By Advance Blog

During these unprecedented times, we know there are so many local businesses, that we have turned to and relied on for years, that are doing what they can to continue to push on for their employees and our community. We could not be more grateful to remain open for our customers, community and team and believe that our good fortune is due to the support of the amazing, Maryland community that we’ve been lucky to be a part of for the last 55 years. We’ve had the great pleasure of working with hundreds of local businesses and are incredibly passionate about seeing them not only get through this time but thrive when we come out on the other side.

To highlight and support some of these incredible businesses that have adapted and keep pushing through during this time, we polled our team to find their local favorites: which businesses were they passionate about supporting, and how could other community members support those organization as well? We invite you to check out our list and, if you are able, safely support these, or other establishments in an effort to keep Maryland businesses operational amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

And we want to hear from you! Should you wish to submit an organization to be featured within this article and on Advance’s social media, please don’t hesitate to fill out the form listed below. We will gladly consider your submission!


Food & Drink

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Baltimore

Submitted by: Jeff S, Sales & Service

Since 1974, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood has proudly served the community with iconic culinary creations, unmatched philanthropy, and legendary hospitality. Founded by the late Demetrios “Jimmy” Minadakis, “The Famous” quickly became a Maryland landmark as a direct result of his unrivaled work ethic. Today, Jimmy’s carries on his vision through his sons, who display the same passion and diligence that he was beloved for. Featured on Food Network 4 times, and Travel Channel once, Jimmy’s is now a national destination for those seeking a true taste of Charm City! We also ship our delicious crab cakes and other delicacies throughout the country!

 “Jimmy’s Famous Seafood puts the charm in Baltimore! Excellent food, and extremely friendly staff. By far, the best crab cakes I’ve ever had in my life!”

How You Can Support: Jimmy’s continues to offer their full menu for both carryout and curbside pickup daily from 11am-1am. Shop their online store for home delivery of many of their traditional seafood classics. Jimmy’s Famous Food Trucks are still operating – visit their Facebook page for weekly schedule.


Lee’s Pint and Shell, Canton

Submitted by: Megan S, Sales

Lee’s Pint & Shell is one of Canton’s best neighborhood restaurants – known for their oyster bar! They serve up delicious eats, craft beer, bourbon and a full raw bar. Typically, patrons enjoy weekend brunch, local games and other Charm City favorites just steps from the square.

“Whether you are looking to relax with your friends and family, or if you are looking for a place to go on date night, Lee’s Pint and Shell is a wonderful place where you can dine on seafood, burgers, pizzas and so much more.”

How You Can Support: Currently Lee’s Pint and Shell is open on Monday – Wednesday from 4-9 PM Thursday – Sunday from 11 AM – 10 PM for carryout, curbside pickup and delivery. Check out their daily specials on Facebook. Lee’s specialty takeout packs make supporting this establishment fun! Set yourself up for a date night when you order (2) double cheeseburgers and a 6 pack of Bud Light for just $20 or order everything you need to make Bloody Marys for your household with their kit for just $30. Check out their website for more options!


Pizza Johns Restaurant, Essex

Submitted by: Mark C, Service


For over 50 years, Pizza John’s loyal customers have come to expect the best pizza in the Baltimore region. Pizza Johns uses only the freshest, high-quality ingredients and offers self-service seating for over 300 guests and also does carry out!

“The main thing we want people to know is that during this time you can order our ready made frozen pizzas online and have them shipped directly to your home.”

How You Can Support: Pizza Johns is currently offering signature bake-at-home pizza packs! Offering 3 different pizza packs to choose from, with either 2, 4 or the best overall value, 6 pizzas. Each pack comes with either all cheese, all pepperoni or a 50/50 split. Currently open for carryout and are taking all CDC recommended precautions in their restaurant.


Towson Delly North, Lutherville-Timonium

Submitted by: Tanya P, Service

Towson Delly North is located in Lutherville and specializes in all-day breakfast and the best sandwiches around!

Towson Delly North preparing takeout for Advance team members!

“Owner, John Clinton, will never miss an opportunity to say hello to a customer!”

How You Can Support: Still open for delivery and carryout. Check website for daily specials. Open Tues-Saturday from 8am-4pm. Still delivering to all medical facilities, doctor’s offices and essential businesses.


Dough Run, Monkton

Submitted by: Lucy W, Administration

Dough Run is a woman-owned company dedicated to creating great-tasting, wholesome food for the very-busy lifestyle. Specializing in granola – bars, cookies, clusters, and more – Dough Run is all about taste, using real ingredients and convenience.

“A family-owned business with great customer service. They have a variety of baked goods that are both healthy and delicious. The strawberry gruffins are my favorite!”

How You Can Support: Open most days from 7am-12pm. Recommend calling ahead or direct messaging to order and they will send a payment link providing minimal interaction. Pickup at window. Check Facebook and Instagram for daily updates. Owners Matthew and Sara Sprigg are excited about a granola bar fundraiser to help support our medical professionals on the frontlines! Here’s how it works: Dough Run will deliver their handmade granola bars with an encouraging note to local hospitals and medical facilities. For every $2, one bar and a note is donated. This is a mission to support and sustain their business while working to provide support to those that care for us all. For more info and to place an order, click here.


Oscar’s Alehouse, Eldersburg

Submitted by: Dave D, Service

Voted “Best Bar or Tavern” in 2019 during the Stars of the Industry Awards, Oscar’s Alehouse prides itself on providing the best craft brews and food in the area with 36 different beers on draft to choose from! In addition to their extensive beer list, their scratch kitchen features a famous wood burning grill that fills the restaurant with that home grown smokey aroma – burgers, steaks and fish are cooked to perfection with the delicious char of the aged oak.

“An Eldersburg hotspot – VERY popular pub with dozens of craft beers and excellent food!”

How You Can Support: Open daily from 12pm-8pm for carryout and curbside pickup. Call ahead or come in to order. Full menu available with daily specials.


BC Brewery, Hunt Valley

Submitted by: Olivia B, Marketing

Building a Community Through Beer – come try Maryland’s first self-serve beer wall! Served on 2 walls, with 24 taps each, you can pour as little or as much as you like because you are charged by the ounce. A great way to try our beer as a beer newbie or a craft beer OG! BCB beer is brewed in small batches, so we have your very favorites on tap, as well as something new and tasty.

“The self serve tap wall is the best! Now I can sample as many beers as I want and drink the exact quantity that I want!”

How You Can Support: Now offering online orders for curbside pickup. Call when you arrive and they will bring your order out to you. Pickup times: Tues-Thur 3pm-5pm, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 12pm-2pm. Buy five 4-packs, get one free!


Serpent Ridge Vineyard, Westminster

Submitted by: Bob P, Customer Care

Serpent Ridge Vineyard, located in beautiful Carroll County, is Westminster’s first Vineyard Winery. Newly opened in 2009, we specialize in small lots of handmade wine from grapes grown in our vineyard, select Maryland vineyards, and other carefully chosen sites.

“A great selection of award-winning wines made from their own grapes. The setting is beautiful.”

How You Can Support: Curbside pickup and specials Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-6pm, Wed, Thur & Fri -12pm-5pm. Call ahead during normal business hours to place order for special wine, cheese and crackers bundles listed on website.


Mo’s Cafe, Sykesville

Submitted by: Dave D, Service

Moe’s Café is a locally-owned small business that serves breakfast and lunch all day long. Casual atmosphere and very family friendly!

The pancakes are fabulous!”

How You Can Support: Open Tues-Sun from 8-2 for carryout, curbside pick up and contact free pickup. Normal menu for the time being.

Artifact Coffee, Woodberry

Submitted by: Lucy W, Administration

Artifact Coffee, located in Union Mill and brought to you by the Woodberry Kitchen team, is a rustic coffeehouse set in a reclaimed factory building serving up locally sourced and seasonal food and drink to fuel body and soul – all day long.

“A warm and cozy coffee shop that arguably has the best iced coffee in Baltimore!”

How You Can Support: Open daily from 8am – 3pm. Menu available, ordering and payment through Instagram link. Contactless window pickup.


Woodfire Kitchen, Parkton

Submitted by: Kristin H, Marketing and Operations

Woodfire Kitchen is a local farm-to-table restaurant located in Hereford serving up hand-crafted, artisan pizzas, burgers, salads, desserts and entrees – all using locally-sourced meats and produce!

“Lovely atmosphere, great service and delicious farm-to-table food!”      

How You Can Support: Carryout and curbside pickup on request. Open Tues-Sun from 11:30am-7pm with streamlined menu.


Artful Gourmet, Owings Mills

Submitted by: Dave D, Service

Artful Gourmet Bistro has been proudly serving the community since 2002. Family-owned and operated, the bistro offers guests a dining experience that quickly converts new customers into loyal regulars. The menu is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean inspired dishes, contemporary American Cuisine and dishes with Latin and Caribbean influences.

Dave enjoying Artful Gourmet with his wife and friend last summer.

“Artful is the perfect place to go for lunch during the work day. You can call ahead and pick up your order or eat-in to save time. The food is consistently amazing.”

How You Can Support: Artful continues to offer great food to the local community through carry out and curbside pickup. Customers can also have food delivered through Door Dash. Their current hours are daily from 4-8.


Roma’s, Cockeysville

Submitted by: Bob P, Administration

Roma’s Café is a family-friendly restaurant located in Cockeysville that has a range of carry out and dine-in options that everyone will love!

“Always good food, always affordable, always fast delivery!”

How You Can Support: Open for delivery, carry-out and curbside pickup during normal hours Sun-Thurs 10:30am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm. Order by phone, online or through GrubHub.


Brookside Market, Phoenix

Submitted by: Kristin H, Marketing and Operations

A deli by day, restaurant by night – Brookside Market is passionate about bringing patrons high quality, local and fresh food in a casual setting. Catering and delivery are also available.

“Great local eatery with yummy food selections for the whole family in a casual atmosphere!”

How You Can Support: Open 7 days/week offering carryout, curbside and delivery, alcohol delivery, family style menus & more! At home pizza kits now available – call to reserve. Current hours Sun-Wed 12-6 Thurs-Sat 12-8. Call ahead orders are encouraged.


Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering, Glyndon

Submitted by: Nicole N, Sales

Santoni’s Marketplace and catering has been providing quality food and great customer service at a superior value to the Greater Baltimore and Central Maryland area for over 30 years. Santoni’s Marketplace is a specialty gourmet market that features chef prepared gourmet food, fresh breads and produce.

“Family owned and community focused, the best boutique grocer in the area for many years!”

How You Can Support: Curbside pickup – $20 minimum and delivery $25 minimum – 7 days/week. Monday-Saturday place order 9am-4pm for pickup 9am-6pm. Sunday place order 9am-3pm for pickup 9am-4pm. In store hours – Mon-Sat 7am-6pm Sunday 8am-5pm


PLANTBAR, Brewer’s Hill

Submitted by: Lucy W, Administration

PLANTBAR is your one-stop shop for clean, plant-based menu items, raw meal plans, juice cleanses, smoothies and more using fresh, local ingredients to fit your healthy lifestyle.

“Every location has a relaxing atmosphere and the menu is full of superfood smoothies, bowls and go-to meals.”

How You Can Support: Brewer’s Hill location open daily 9am-5pm. Check Facebook for hours and specials. Order ahead online or by phone. Delivery provided by GrubHub.



Inverness Brewery, Monkton

Submitted by: Olivia B, Marketing

Inverness, a 100 acre historic Monkton farm, is home to 50 black angus cattle, 600 thriving hop plants, seasonal crops, and Folly the Dog. The brewing operation began in August 2018, making Inverness Brewing the first Baltimore County Farm Brewery. Inverness focuses their beers on seasonal ingredients and takes great pride in our “Crop to Keg” philosophy.

“A great place to experience farm life, farm food and fabulous brew!”

How You Can Support: Currently offering carryout beer only Monday–Thursday and beer and food to go on Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12:00-8:00 (food menu varies).


Liberatore’s – Eldersburg, Timonium, Westminster, Perry Hall, Bel Air

Submitted by: Dave D, Service

Since first opening its doors in 1988 in Eldersburg, Liberatore’s has proudly served fine Italian food, stemming from its roots in Central Italy and Baltimore’s Little Italy. The Liberatore’s name has grown to reach the Greater Baltimore region, sharing its wonderful cuisine with all whom venture into any of its five locations. 30 years in the making, the Liberatore’s name is still synonymous with fine Italian food, served by family.

“Liberatore’s offers an authentic Italian experience with excellent food, including Maryland favorites, with many locations to choose from!”

How You Can Support: Currently open daily from 4-8 for carry out, curbside pickup and delivery. Daily specials.



Non Profits

The Believe in Tomorrow Foundation

In March of 2019, Advance volunteered at the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House preparing meals, cleaning out closets and disinfecting surfaces. We look forward to brighter days and heading back to the Children’s House!

Submitted by: Jeff E, President

The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process.

“Keeping a family together during a child’s medical crisis and maintaining the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process.”

How You Can Support: Believe in Tomorrow’s Port to Fort Goes Virtual!

The Annual Believe in Tomorrow Port to Fort 6K has gone virtual and has now been coined the ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ Virtual Port to Fort 6K Race’. Even though the traditional race has been canceled, you can continue to support this event and share this experience by registering as a virtual runner. Participants may not be able to run/walk together, but everyone is still encouraged to run/walk on their own on April 19th to create a sense of unity and coming together for a common cause.

This is a fun and easy way to support the work of the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation, whose work of providing housing for the families of critically ill children goes on despite the current crisis. Your help is needed more now than ever before as donations have dropped significantly while operating costs are rising. All funds go directly to help the children and families staying at the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins.

All participants are being challenged to raise an additional $30 each to help make up for the current decrease in donations. T-shirts will be given to each runner and be on the lookout for some fun virtual activities. Click here to register.


Junior Achievement

Submitted by: Nicole N, Sales

Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement provides online programs to help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

“Junior Achievement is an excellent program for preparing young people today to be the future business leaders of tomorrow!”

How You Can Support: With schools closing, Junior Achievement is providing free online resources to teachers and parents. The organization is providing these resources so kids can spend more time planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today. For ways in which you can support this effort, visit


Blue Water Baltimore

Submitted by: Amanda H, Service

Advance volunteered with Blue Water Baltimore last November. We planted trees in a Reisterstown neighborhood that helped to improve the Chespeake Bay ecosystem.

Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. We work towards a future where our waterways are safe and enjoyable for all.

It was a rewarding experience to help plant trees in our local community through Blue Water Baltimore knowing we’re not only beautifying the neighborhood, but also contributing positively to the local ecosystem.”

How You Can Support: Visit Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery which provides tens of thousands of dollars of unrestricted funding to the organization each year. The nursery includes a broad selection of native trees, shrubs, vines, flowers and more. All proceeds support Blue Water Baltimore initiatives. Gift cards will also be available for purchase.


The Maryland Food Bank

Submitted by: Judy R, Human Resources

The Maryland Food Bank is the hub of Maryland’s food assistance safety net which combines 40 years of expertise with a statewide network of thousands of community partners to meet the immediate needs of hungry Marylanders while simultaneously working to create pathways out of hunger. The Maryland Food Bank is dedicated to feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders.

Advance was ecstatic to support our partner, the Maryland Food Bank in the fall of 2019 by packing boxes to be delivered to Marylanders in need.

“I love the Maryland Food Bank, most of all because it helps people.”

How You Can Support: With the closure of schools and businesses, as well as social distancing, an increasing number of Marylanders are at risk of losing income and will look to our partners for help, putting a further strain on the safety net. You can help support the Maryland Food Bank by volunteering to sort and box food in Baltimore, donating money that will go towards the wholesale purchase of food, or dropping off nutritious food to help those in need.


The Arc Baltimore

Submitted by: Maria E, Administration

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose and meaningful relationships.

Advance volunteered at the Arc Baltimore in the spring of 2019… we look forward to continuing to support the Arc Baltimore in the years to come.

“Spending the day playing bingo and bonding with the participants of the Arc’s day program was rewarding and fun. It brought me so much joy to see the smiles on their faces.”

Volunteering opportunities:

During normal operation, we invite you to participate in one of the Arc Baltimore’s many volunteering efforts:

Luminaries (young professional network):
Encourages young leaders (and those with a heart) to make an impact, connect with like-minded peers, network with industry leaders, and gain a new perspective on the mission of The Arc Baltimore and disabilities.

Arc Buddies:
Develop a friendship with an individual with a developmental disability that shares your interests. Your commitment is to communicate once a week, by phone, a note, a visit to their home, and eventually out into the community.

Childcare Volunteer:
We need childcare volunteers during our Family Support Group meetings on the first Wednesday of the month and the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at 7215 York Rd. In addition, we need volunteers to support our Parents Day Out partnership with area churches.

Day and Employment Center Volunteer:
Share your time and talent with people with developmental disabilities at a day center, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. Help someone learn about computers, learn a new activity or independent living skill, or just be good company.

Group/Corporate Volunteer Opportunities:
The Arc Baltimore is happy to have your social/civic/religious/corporate group participate in one of our special events or we can create a volunteer opportunity to fit your group’s availability and needs. It may be house painting or putting in a garden bed at an Arc supported house or an ongoing program at one of our facilities doing something fun with people The Arc supports.




Collectors Corner

Submitted by: Derek S, Service

With locations in Parkville, Baltimore and Bel Air, Collectors Corner provides comic book readers and collectors with a wide variety of comic book related merchandise and boasts the largest selection of new comic titles in the area!

“Collectors Corner is the comic shop you have been searching for, stores you can feel comfortable bringing your kids to!”

How You Can Support: Rally and buy Collector’s Corner Collectro Bonds – now available! This is a standard electronic/plastic gift card with value added. Added value to help customer’s get through these uncertain times! Keep up to date with Live Sales, Instagram, Mail Order, Curbside and Home Delivery Services! Check their website for temporary modified hours of operation.


Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

Submitted by: Olivia B, Marketing

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is proud to serve Cockeysville, MD and surrounding areas. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. HVAH believes in treating every patient as if they were their own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. The team is a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving their patients the best care possible.

“We started going to Hunt Valley Animal Hospital a few years ago and from the beginning the entire staff has been nothing short of amazing! The care they have for your pet is unbelievable. ”

How You Can Support: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is still open and available to care for your pets. To help ensure the safety of their dedicated team and their patients, all pets are being dropped off at the door for exams while you wait outside the building followed by a video chat with the veterinarian. Their team wants to make sure you know that while you wait outside during your pet’s exam, they are inside spoiling them with lots of love and attention. Telehealth options are also available with the ability to prescribe medications, if needed. Please call for appointments.



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