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Ravens and soil and sweatshirts, oh my

Have a computer virus and an itching for a new Baltimore Ravens hoodie? There’s a business in town that can fix both.

Raven Zone, owned by Ken Breeden, specializes in Ravens merchandise and has two locations in Maryland. A computer guy for two decades, Breeden has a Computer Repair of Baltimore shop in each of his retail stores.

While many people come in just for retail, those who bring in computers often get lost in the aisles, said store manager Sonny P., pictured at right.

“Next thing you know, we’re looking for them because their computer is ready to go,” he said.

Other businesses around town are also packing in the purple alongside their other products.

Shoppers at Poor Boys Garden & Hearth in Dundalk can come in for both a T-shirt and a bag of soil. (Poor Boys’ other location on Old Harford Road is sticking strictly to Ravens gear for now.)

And on Belair Road, customers can stop into DePalo & Sons Inc. for pots, pans and an “Angry Raven” hooded sweatshirt.

The reason for the cross-promotion is simple, according to Tony DePalo, owner of DePalo & Sons: as the Ravens first home playoff game in five years approaches, “everybody’s getting excited,” he said.