Old Bay Face mask? Check! 

Daily living under quarantine is difficult, to say the least. It’s even more difficult for the local businesses that have had to close or reduce operations under governmental restrictions. Some Maryland businesses, however, have gotten creative and are making products to help people manage during this crisis. We’ve put together a list of things you can buy while helping a Maryland business at the same time.

Masks With a Maryland Flavor

old bay cloth mask

Courtesy Route One Apparel

Route One Apparel has created some cute versions of one the hardest-to-come-by items in the age of coronavirus—masks. These cute, adjustable masks are printed with the Maryland flag, Old Bay designs, and “Maryland Strong.” They are washable and have a pocket for a filter. Masks are $10 each and are available for pre-order (to help temper volume).

Hand Sanitizer

One of the first items to disappear from store shelves was hand sanitizer. Distilleries around the state went to work producing the essential cleaning product in lieu of whiskey and vodka. However, much of the production is going to the frontlines to help medical personnel and first responders. Twin Valley Distillers in Rockville is one of the distilleries selling smaller bottles to the public. The bottles are sold every Friday on-site—first come, first serve. You can also pick up bottles of their rum and bourbon. Check the website for more details.

Hand Soap

Biggs and Featherbelle liquid soap

Courtesy Biggs and Featherbelle, Facebook

After the hand sanitizer was gone, next went the hand soap. The girls at Biggs and Featherbelle have come to the rescue with an inexpensive liquid soap to keep those hands clean. You can find the cute kitten bottles at Giant, Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market, and Wegmans, or you can just order online. Don’t worry if it’s sold out, the company has shifted all production to soap, so keep checking.

Corona Cookies

Corona cookies

Courtesy, Stone House Cakery and Cafe

Cookies might not be a necessity, but they definitely will take your mind off the quarantining. Stone House Cakery and Cafe in Taneytown has created a take-home jar of sprinkle cookies designed to be sweet medicine. The label reads like a medicine bottle and says,” Take as needed for a smile to cure quarantine struggles. The cookies are $7 a jar and can be picked up at the cafe along with daily homestyle specialties like chicken pot pie, pot roast, and chicken cordon bleu.