South Baltimore Business Roundup

| August 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

New Boutique for Pigtown

With five retail store fronts currently under construction on Pigtown Main Street, it appears the first new lease has been signed.  ReVAmp Variety is described as “A One of a Kind Handmade Boutique” and will be opening at 769 Washington Blvd. next door to Cafe Calypso.  The sign on the window says books, clothing, jewelry, clothing, ceramic ware, body products and customized products all by local artists.  This should a nice addition to the area! Hopefully there will be more news on the other new locations soon.

New Convenience Store in Pigtown?

It appears the corner of Ostend St. and Washington Blvd. in Pigtown could be undergoing some changes.  The vacant building at 1201 Washington Blvd. on the SE corner is seeking zoning for a new convenience store on September 4th.  The intersection already has a bodega, New City Mart, at 1184 Washington Blvd. on the NW corner which is currently listed as for lease.  Smitty’s Sub Shop on the SW corner at 1200 Washington Blvd. has also not been open for a week.  We’ll keep an eye on that.

New Businesses at McHenry Row

The office building at McHenry Row has gained two new tenants.  Bikram Yoga has opened a studio in the building and classes begin on August 29th.  Vein Clinics of America has also recently opened an office in the building which offers treatments for varicose and spider veins.

‘Yes We’re Open’… Not Anymore!

This was always one of my favorite pictures.  This building, the home of Dawns Grocery and later just D’s Grocery, was closed for quite some time, re-opened and put a “Yes We’re Open” sign on the outside. It only lasted for a couple weeks, yet the “Yes We’re Open” sign was on the vacant building for many months afterwards.  The building is currently being gutted and the exterior brick has been restored.  We’ll keep you posted on whether it becomes another business or a residential property.

There are also currently three rowhouse renovations underway on the unit block of East Heath St., which has undergone a large transformation in the last 10 years.

New Bar at Lime

Lime, the former Mexican and tequila bar on 801 E. Fort Ave., has been closed for more than a year. It is not often these days that a bar or restaurant is vacant for very long on the South Peninsula. That stretch of Fort Ave. in Riverside has also seen the former Soigne/Slyfox/Ullswater empty for a couple of years at 554 Fort Ave.  The former Lime has recently been purchased and renovations have been taking place (a Pac Man arcade machine is also up against the front window.) hopes to have more information soon.  As far as 554 Fort Ave., the property is currently listed for $499,900.


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