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By Mil Arcega
Baltimore, Maryland
23 December 2008

Most of the shops in the Hampden Village, downtown Baltimore, Maryland, are one of a kind carrying items not found in any shopping mall
Most of the shops in the Hampden Village, downtown Baltimore, Maryland, are one of a kind carrying items not found in any shopping mall
The 2008 holiday shopping season will be a make it or break it time for many North American retailers.

Economists predict a record number of businesses will fail during the economic downturn. But in Baltimore, a group of small, independent-minded business owners are confident they can weather the storm.

The secret, they say, is giving customers a reason to come back.

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