Zip code: 21136

Average high temperature in July (hottest month): 88 degrees

Average low temperature in January (coldest month): 23 degrees

Commute time to downtown Baltimore: Approximately 35 to 40 minutes

Places of worship: Majestic Fellowship Church, Northwest Baptist Church, Reisterstown Baptist Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Temple Emanuel Synagogue and Trinity Lutheran Church

Reisterstown Shopping Center includes the StarLight Diner, Mars supermarket and Hollywood video. (Photo by Tony Lohr, Special to baltimoresun.com)

Where to shop: Chartley Park Center, Reisterstown Shopping Center, Cherry Valley Shopping Center and Main Street. Owings Mills Mall is nearby.

Best store for bargain shoe hunters: SRI Shoe Warehouse has more than 45,000 pairs of shoes for men, women and children.

Best store to replace that broken teacup: Maryland China Co. has been in business since 1910.

Best store to buy cheap kids' stuff: The Elephant's Trunk Children's Consignment Shop is junky and certainly not much to look at, but the bargains on hand-me-downs are worth checking out. The shop offers a huge selection on clothes for babies and tykes, not to mention toys, strollers and a lot more.

Top ski shop: Ski Shoppe Ltd. is your one-stop shop for ski apparel, equipment and gear. People come from far and wide for their ski poles, gloves and goggles before hitting the slopes.

Best place for a geek connection: Cards, Comics, Collectibles where those with Incubus T-shirts, goatees and horn-rimmed glasses go to buy everything from "Batman" and "Spider-Man" comics to "Simpsons" and "Speed Racer" action figures.

Best place for bookworms: The Reisterstown Branch Library features the Reisterstown Historical Room, which includes a collection of local history.

Best home for the arts: The Open Space Arts Organization hosts at least three young adult productions annually. It also hosts various theater, writing and visual art groups for middle and high schoolers.

The Mid-Atlantic Golf Center, formerly Tom Mitchell's, has three miniature golf courses, a nine-hole executive course and a covered driving range. (Photo by Tony Lohr, Special to baltimoresun.com)

Best art gallery: Gallery on Main Street features nothing but Maryland artists. The proprietors also offer "scrapbook montages." The Gallery's Effects Studio takes personal photographs and resizes, reshapes, retouches and rearranges them in creative montages without harming the original snapshots.

Take a hike: Try the walking and bike trails around Liberty Reservoir.

Fore! The Mid-Atlantic Golf Center at Reisterstown is great for golf nuts. Formerly known as Tom Mitchell's, this is also one of the most welcoming places for families and young couples on a first or second date. It boasts three miniature golf courses and a golf driving range.

Smell this: Ellie's Smellies sells a wide range of citrus, rosemary and oatmeal salt bath products along with scented candles and artwork from local artists.