South Baltimore Business Roundup

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

RIP Beach Bums, Welcome Petra

Beach Bums at 1038 Light St. has long been a staple of Federal Hill and rose to sandwich fame when it was taken over by the owners of the famous Taneytown Deli in Catonsville. Known for their award-winning over-stuffed deli sandwiches (City Paper’s Best Sandwiches 2012) and ice cream, Beach Bums has seen many different owners over the last five years. Now, the new owners are changing the restaurant up a bit.

The restaurant will now be called Petra Cafe and the sign on the window says they will be specializing in falafel and shawerma.  Their Facebook page features a picture of a shawerma wrap with sweet chili or tehina mint. They are currently hiring, so check out their Facebook page for contact info and more updates.

And, if you are still craving a great deli sandwiches like the ones from Beach Bums, definitely check out Taneytown in Catonsville or visit one of the other delis in South Baltimore.

New Gym in Pigtown

A new 6,000 square foot gym has opened in Pigtown called COR Fitness Center at a former Bath House at 904 Washington Blvd.  COR is a non-profit, as money generated from their gym for adults will be used to fund their after school programs for children.  Here is a description from their website:

Our level of education goes beyond industry fitness standards, and incorporates military training methods, martial arts fitness conditioning, Yoga, and Taoism and qigong, an ancient Chinese art of energy cultivation.

And about COR 4 Kids:

COR 4 Kids is not just an after school program. It is a haven, where young children are able to learn how to improve and maintain good physical health and also develop strong character traits such as leadership, confidence, integrity, self-discipline, and respect. COR 4 Kids offers fitness training, martial arts training and health education.

For more information on their fitness programs and community programs, visit their website.

Cross Street Construction 

Arsh Mirmiran and Caves Valley Partners, the developers of 1111 Light Street, have begun construction on the former M&T Bank location at 17-21 East Cross St.  The property is undergoing an interior and exterior renovation. It is being offered for entrepreneurs looking for 1,000-3,000 square feet of retail.

Construction is also taking place at 48 East Cross St. at a retail location adjacent to Zelda Zen.  The location was once an African cafe many years ago.  We’ll keep an eye out for more updates.

Baltimore: 4th Hottest Tech City

Though Baltimore is known for health care and finance, the technology industry is certainly soaring in our city and once again Forbes has taken notice.  South Baltimore is not without its own successes including AOL Advertising, Videology, the UM Biopark, and the newly-formed incubator Betamore.  Baltimore-Towson has come in as the 4th hottest “Tech Hot Spot” in the US with 17.9% growth in STEM employment since 2001 and 3.9% growth over the last two years.

Tax Time

1412 Light St., which has been a construction office, law agency and insurance agency in recent years, is now advertising income tax preparation with flashing lights on their front window.

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