All in the Family: Celebrating Local Mom and Pop Shops

Small, family-owned businesses give Baltimore County its famous character. Staff understand where their clientele are coming from—and even more importantly, jobs, profits and taxes stay in local communities.

In honor of National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on March 29, here are some mom-and-pop shops recommended by locals for you and your family to explore in support of those communities.

Found Studio | Shop

Location: 4315 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday;
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday
Google Reviews Score: 5.0

This artist-curated gift shop is owned and operated by Kacey Stafford, who has spent more than a decade creating mixed-media original works and prints. Her selection of local finds for children includes bath sets, art supplies, books, clothes, toys and décor with crabby and classic themes.

Martha’s Cafe

Location: 5507 Oregon Ave.
Arbutus, MD 21227
Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
Google Reviews Score: 4.6

You may have seen this café’s iconic zebra logo, but do you know the story behind it? A striped stuffed companion, Martha, kept co-owner Megan company when she was battling childhood leukemia. Now, it serves as a reminder of the family’s trials and triumphs—and the café serves as a celebration of Megan, her family and friends. This local spot has an interior self-described as grandma-chic—Megan’s favorite style—and a menu full of favorites and family recipes. The kids’ menu features classics like mac/cheese and miniature versions of popular home foods like meatloaf and pot pie.

Marty’s Deli

Location: 798 W. Cross St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
Google Reviews Score: 4.6

This restaurant might just be your cup of tea…coffee or lemonade. Marty’s Deli is renowned for its breakfast sandwiches, local flavor and family-friendly atmosphere. Pop in with the kids for a classic bacon, egg and cheese breakfast.

Our Recipes Café

Location: 1332 Sulphur Spring Road
Arbutus, MD 21227
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday
Google Reviews Score: 4.8/5

Grandma’s home cooking is closer than you might think. Right in the heart of Arbutus, homemade comfort food is thriving. This restaurant is brimming with local favorites and themed dishes like the O’Rave (Orioles/Ravens) Burger with ground pork and beef, bacon, sauteed onions, cheese, lettuce and tomato and sriracha aioli on a buttery, toasted brioche.

Vito’s Pizza

Location: 9904 Reisterstown Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Hours: 10 a.m-9 p.m.
Monday through Sunday
Google Reviews Score: 4.3

Nothing beats a delicious dish every member of the family can share, especially after a long day of shopping, walking and exploring in town. Vito’s Pizza is a longtime local eatery nestled in the Saint Thomas Shopping Center in Owings Mills. If pizza’s not your style, grab an order of wings, a pasta dish or a hot sub!

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