I have lived in Pasadena, MD for over 10 years and it is a mostly rural/suburban living, located between Annapolis and Baltimore it is far enough from both to escape traffic problems of the big cities. Being relatively rural though, amenities are limited. I found that restaurant choices are about 75% chain, with close to 25% being mom and pop local restaurants. Those restaurants tend to focus on local foods such as seafood and poultry from the eastern shore.
There are a couple movie theaters in Pasadena, including one that features discount "second-run" movies. A Walmart is located in Pasadena as the only big box type store. The rest are small shops and there is one enclosed shopping mall referred to as Marley Station. Pasadena, MD features between five and ten small bars, sometimes featuring live music. There is a batting cage and golf cage. Overall, Pasadena meets the needs of the citizens living in the town, but draws few visitors.