Maryland housing numbers are out for December

Maryland REALTORS® announced the final numbers for November and December of 2018. Winter is normally a slower time for the housing market, the state finished out strong with the average home price up 2.2 percent and the median prices up 4.4 percent as compared to the same time last year.

Courtesy Maryland REALTORS

The November 2018 statewide median sales price was $338,336 and $330,196 in December. These both represent a slight increase of 2.2 percent over November 2017 and 2.8 percent over December 2017. 

To view the complete report, visit

Howard County adds new legislation affecting landlords and tenants

Howard County has created some new regulations in landlord and tenants law. The new regulations were developed through the county’s work with consumers, landlords and housing groups. Regulations took effect on Aug. 12, 2018 but do not apply to leases executed prior to that date.

A few of the changes include a requirement that landlords give tenants 24 hours notice before entering the unit, maintain a rental housing unit license and new rules regarding certain lease termination conditions. A full list of the new regulations can be found in the document below. Landlords have four months to completely implement the changes.

Howard County Landlord Tenant update 8-2018


Main Event Entertainment opens today at the Columbia Mall

 New entertainment complex opens May 8

The wait is over Columbia ! Main Event Entertainment is opening today, May 8 at 2 p.m. at The Mall at Columbia. The Dallas based entertainment company has more than 40 centers across the nation that combine food, bowling, games and laser tag into a one stop shop. Housed in the old Sears location, the Columbia location is over 50,000 square-feet including 22 lanes of bowling, a laser tag arena, billiards area, arcade game midway and  multiple food and bar areas.

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I got a sneak peek of the new facility and I have to say it’s pretty great. The street entrance of Main Event Entertainment opens into an adult-friendly space with a huge bar, restaurant and billiards area complete with flat screen televisions and shuffleboard tables. In addition to the main restaurant, there is a fast casual pizza place where you can get something quick. Guests can also order food from kiosks at the bowling lanes.

Past the food areas is the arcade midway. You’ll find everything from old standbys like skee ball and basketball to high tech multi-player games. Each game costs anywhere from $1.50 to $2.00 and is accessed via a card system. Players can win virtual “tickets” in most of the games and redeem them in the Winners Choice store. Unlike a lot of arcade pavilions, Main Event offers a lot of prizes at reasonable redemption rates. You can get a donut pillow for 500 tickets, a “football” for 175, candy for 10 or a tattoo sleeve for 160.

How much does it cost?

When you purchase game cards, there is a minimum requirement of $25. You can also purchase “Food and Fun” combo packages through the Main Event restaurant:

  • $32.95 for one full size entree and $30 in game play
  • $24.95 for one full size entree and $20 in game play
  • $17.95 for one full size entree and $10 in game play

La Bella’s offers pizza, chicken tenders, gelato and drinks along with kids sizes and family combos. The menu at Main Event has a nice variety including salads, burgers, wings, grilled salmon and it’s signature Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes (very yummy).

Main event also offers birthday party packages (of course) starting at $15.95 per person. Big kids can utilize the private meeting rooms complete with audio/visual equipment, free WiFi (think draft parties) and catering. Head over to the website and enter your email for a free $10 fun card (while supplies last)!




Cinco de Mayo events around Howard County

Cr: Casa Noble

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year, giving us all a nice cushion in which to celebrate. The Howard County area has plenty of bars and restaurants holding events if you’re looking for places to go.

La Palapa & La Palapa Too

Both restaurants are holding events on Friday, May 4 and May 5, 2018 for Cinco de Mayo. La Palapa in Ellicott City will be celebrating all day with tents in the parking lot, DJs, live music, food and giveaways starting at 10 a.m.. Visit the Facebook page for details. La Palapa Too in Laurel is also celebrating on a smaller scale beginning at 11 a.m.. Both locations are starting early on Friday May 4 with $3 Dos XX Special Lager, Tecate cans and $5 La Palapa Margaritas.

Looney’s Pub Maple Lawn

Starcrush is headlining on Cinco de Mayo along with $4 Corona Light drafts and $5 Sauza Margaritas.

Facci Ristorante

The Laurel location  is offering up food specials and 5 different 5$ margaritas all day!

Cinco de Mayo

Yes, in case you didn’t know, there is a restaurant chain in Maryland called “Cinco de Mayo“. There are currently three locations; Columbia, Westminster and Martinsburg. Beginning at 10 a.m. on May 5, the Columbia location will be serving up Margaritas and giving away t-shirts and other freebies throughout the day.