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About the BNote

The BNote is local currency – real money that can be used for any local transaction in the Baltimore area. As of December 7, 2013, over 35,000 BNotes have been exchanged into circulation and are being accepted in communities across the city.

Over 220 independent businesses accept BNotes, and more are joining the network every week. See the full list in our current Directory, or see all the location-based businesses in one consolidated Google Map here. You can also view text listings of all businesses sorted Alphabetically, by Category, or by Community.


You can get the new currency at any BNote cambio, or money exchange. These are located at some of our participating businesses, and the list of locations is available on our cambios page.

For more information, see our FAQ and our About Local Currency page, and check out some other local currency sites through the links on our Home page, as well as the latest BNote news.

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Time March 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

[...] raised going to local charities.  This rendition of ChiliBrew will benefit Baltimore Free School, Bnote, and Bearings Bike Project.  The event takes place on Sunday, April 22nd from 1pm – 5pm at [...]

Pingback from Baltimore Time | Aya-to-Ayatori
Time March 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

[...] day I run into a store which accept “B-note” Baltimore currency. I thought it’s such a great idea to keep money within the neighborhood. I think it will work [...]

Pingback from 8/19 Interviews: Charles Eisenstein and Robin Gunkel – The Space Between
Time August 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

[...] Gunkel is one of the creators of the BNote, an alternate currency created in Baltimore, MD. She volunteers for the Baltimore Green Currency [...]

Pingback from Greening Your Holiday « Green Dragon Bytes
Time December 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

[...] USE BNOTES! Did you know Baltimore has its own local currency? When you shop at participating shops ask for your change in BNotes and use them at other participating shops. Wanna know more? …read about our green currency HERE. [...]

Pingback from Create Baltimore 2013
Time February 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

[...] The BNote: An effort to keep wealth local. The speaker made a good point. He asked, “who owns CVS?” The crickets chirped. He then pointed out that the owner probably doesn’t live in Baltimore. Thus our money spent at CVS isn’t going back to the community. The owner of Carma’s Café, however, lives right in Charles Village. Carma’s Café is among the 190 local businesses that accept the BNote.  If we keep consumer spending local, we can create millions in economic activity and thousands of jobs. [...]

Pingback from Local Revolution in Baltimore? | You See Kids….
Time March 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

[...] are called BNotes.  They are an alternative local currency being sponsored by The Baltimore Green [...]

Pingback from BNotes: two years later, local currency accepted at 195 businesses » Baltimore
Time April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

[...] Two years ago today, 55 businesses around Baltimore began accepting BNotes, this city’s local, alternative currency, that come in one- and five-dollar denominations imprinted with the likenesses of Frederick Douglass and Edgar Allan Poe, respectively. [...]

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Time July 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

[...] got groups interested attacking the Baltimore problem from the standpoint of the economy. Here the BNote movement is an interesting one, although I think there's much more potential in the ideas put forth by [...]