Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Monday that the annual Shop Maryland for the Holidays initiative was starting early this year, another reminder of the abnormal nature of 2020.
In the past, Franchot made rounds around the state, visiting local small businesses. This year’s announcement came virtually, however, streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.
“In a normal year, we probably would not be starting this (early), but this is not a normal year as everyone has noticed,” said Franchot. “It’s very important that we support local retailers. These small businesses have always been there for us. These are the places where you walk in and the owner of the business actually recognizes you.”