South Baltimore Business Roundup

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

C&R Pub Making a Comeback 

C&R Pub, which previously made its home in Federal Hill before selling to the team from Wayward, is making a comeback in Towson. From Baltimore Business Journal:

Michael Stoltz, the director of leasing for Pikesville-based MFI Realty, said a new iteration of the bar and restaurant is opening on the first floor of Towson Commons along York Road. The new location will operate under the name C&R Pub, according to a leasing brochure from MFI, which owns the retail portion of the complex.

Guy Naylor, the former owner of Cowboys & Rednecks, sold the bar to the owners of neighboring Federal Hill bar Banditos in April 2016. The space was rebranded into Wayward Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant and bar. Naylor said in an interview Tuesday that his brother will be the one operating this location, while he will serve as a consultant on the project until it opens, and then move on to focus on his other ventures.

Naylor said his brother plans to apply for a Baltimore County liquor license soon for the bar.

Stoltz said the new bar and restaurant will occupy about 6,000 square feet. Site plans for Towson Commons show that there will be outdoor patio seating available.

Movement at City Garage

Ready Robotics is expanding. From

Ready Robotics, a startup spun out of Johns Hopkins University specializing in industrial robots, is also preparing to expand. Benjamin Gibbs and Kelleher Guerin founded Ready Robotics in 2015, designing robots that are used by manufacturing companies to make their operations more efficient.

Over the past year, Ready Robotics has experienced significant growth, increasing their team from nine employees to 15. Now, the company is doubling its current 3,000-square-foot production space in Main Street of City Garage, taking over the space next door to their existing site. The added space will allow the company to quadruple their production capacity, increasing output from four to five systems per month to over 15 robots per month.

Workbench is also growing and raising capital. From

Workbench, an education technology startup headquartered at City Garage, recently raised $1.7 million to expand their sales and marketing outreach for its hands-on learning tools.

Workbench allows teachers to use the technology platform for developing hands-on lessons that teach subjects such as math interactively. The program is currently used in 10,000 schools around the world, and this funding will allow the company to expand its reach even further.

Founded in 2013 by CEO Christopher Sleat, Workbench currently employs 14 people at its office in City Garage. They hope to add at least four more teammates by the end of the year.

Treason Toting Co. recently relocated from City Garage. From

An investment from Sagamore Ventures allowed Treason Toting Co. to increase distribution channels and improve quality control by bringing previously outsourced operations in-house. After using a 1,680-square-foot space for prototyping and manufacturing at City Garage, and launching a retail experience at the Sagamore Shop on Thames, the Treason Toting team is continuing to take steps towards growing the company. Earlier this month, Treason Toting was selected to join the third cohort of Conscious Venture Lab and relocated to their new location in West Baltimore. Throughout the three-month cohort, the Treason team will join six other startups where they will gain access to mentorship and funding opportunities.

Last month, Magma Build Studios relocated from City Garage to a new space in Station North. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The company, which specializes in making appliances and furniture out of glass, metal and wood, plans to complete the move into a renovated 11,000-square-foot space at 325 E. Oliver St. by the end of the week.

Magma Build Studios plans to maintain a presence at Sagamore Ventures’ City Garage in Port Covington. The company will still do most of its glass-blowing at the Foundery, a maker space inside City Garage. There, Magma Build’s artists will host classes and demonstrations.

The new Station North facility will hold a small showroom where customers can see some of Magma Build’s creations, and the rest of the space will hold its wood and metal production. Some of Magma Build’s creations include glass sinks and faucets, blown glass decorations and tables and chairs made out of reclaimed wood.

Magma’s former space will be the new home of a 10,000 sq. ft. medical manufacturing facility called The Factory and The LaunchPort.

New Luxury Apartment Complex in Brooklyn Park

Just over the city line in Anne Arundel County, Brooklyn Park is getting a 230-unit luxury apartment complex. Construction recently began. From Fox 45:

The developer says it’s the first “Class A,” or luxury, project for the area in 40 years.

The 230-unit Woodfall Greens is being built near the intersection of Route 2 and Hammonds Lane, by the Ritchie Highway Shopping Center.

The development will offer one-bedroom to three-bedroom units in four-story, elevator-served buildings, announced Enterprise Homes Inc., which is building the project in partnership with Southview Development, which owns the Southview Shopping Center.

The first homes are set to open in the fall of 2018.

Rendering Courtesy of Enterprise Homes Inc.

Camden Yards Named the 5th Best Place in America

Reader’s Digest recently published “Meet the 10 Nicest Places in America.” Coming in at #5 is Oriole Park at Camden Yards. From the article:

Professional baseball isn’t just our national pastime, it can also be a force for good in the world. By holding its powerful spotlight at the right angle, Oriole Park has gone beyond its role as America’s best ballpark to help big-hearted Baltimore honor its most important heroes. (Read more about how OPACY isn’t merely America’s best ballpark.) 

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