There’s a reason shopping aficionados tend to put down roots in Charles County, Md. Actually, there are a few hundred reasons. Charles County is considered the shopping hub for Southern Maryland and is packed with venues including everything from national chain stores to independently owned specialty shops.
Charles County Specialty Shops
Nearly three decades ago, Lorrie Anderson traded her job as a horticulture teacher for a job at Country Florist, a quaint flower shop on Old Washington Road in Waldorf. Today, she owns the shop and spends her days surrounded by sweet-smelling blooms.
“Our customers come to us because they care about the people they’re ordering flowers for, and they are fun to work with,” Anderson says. “I very much like and respect the business community in Charles County. We help and support each other. Charles County is a great community of wonderful businesses, large and small. I quickly learned they care about the community and are proactively involved.”
Don’t let the Country part of her shop's name fool you – this business is on the cusp of technology, always mindful of the latest designs, trends and new ways of doing things.
“We are working on being more proactive in social media, and we now provide a floral app, which makes it easy to order flowers on the go if you have a smartphone,” Anderson says. “We are able to send customers reminders for anniversaries and birthdays, and if a customer asks what was sent years earlier, we can pull up that information.”
If you’re looking for the latest fashions for women, you’ll find them at Candy Clark Boutique in La Plata. The boutique carries formal wear, casual wear, knit dresses, suits, purses, shoes and gift items in a shop designed to resemble a Parisian salon with a Baltimore twist. Joson Fine Jewelry is Charles County’s one-stop shop for jewelry services and offers custom jewelry design, gemstone polishing, jewelry and watch repair.
Charles County Malls
If mall shopping is more your cup of tea, Charles County delivers in that arena, too. St. Charles Towne Center features more than 130 stores and is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s and Sears.
“St. Charles Towne Center promises a delightful, convenient and stress-free shopping experience,” says Lindsay Pitts, area director of marketing and business development at St. Charles Towne Center. “St. Charles Towne Center is more than just a shopping center. It is a community venue. We feature annual events like Mom’s Nite Out, Reaching Out Now’s Community Food Drive and Fun Fest, and Movies Under the Stars. We also offer monthly Kidgits events and breakfasts with Santa and the Easter Bunny for our little shoppers.”
In summer 2012, St. Charles Towne Center’s AMC Loews movie theater will unveil its new $4.5 million renovation, including enhanced presentation quality and sound, power leather recliners for movie-goers, and upgrades to the concession area and restrooms.
The Shops at Waldorf Center is another major retail destination anchored by hhgregg, Christmas Tree Shops, Babies "R" Us, Ross Dress for Less, Marshall’s, The Room Store, PetSmart and Modell’s Sporting Goods.