South Baltimore Business Roundup

| March 5, 2013 | 1 Comments

Montgomery Park Signs a Huge Lease

Montgomery Park, a former catalog building of Montgomery Ward near Pigtown, underwent a $100 million renovation and transition to a new office space in 2002.  The massive building that is highly visible from I-95, and that contains 1.2 million square feet of office space, recently added a large new tenant in January.  Baltimore Business Journal has reported that AFP Logistics & Service, formerly of Hanover in Anne Arundel County, has moved their 80 employees into a a new 193,000 square foot space at the Southwest Baltimore office building.  From the article:

AFP President Jim Becker, “We’re certainly happy to be in Baltimore,” he said. “We did not lose any employee in the warehouse or office due to relocating both operations. We were very sensitive to that.”

Besides coming up with a “nicer place to come to work,” Becker said the space allows his workers to be more efficient.

DOG TIME Launches in South Baltimore 

A former Anne Arundel County pet services company named DOG TIME has re-launched in Baltimore City by Federal Hill resident Amy ‘Kay’ Miller.  DOG TIME offers dog walking, dog washes, nail clipping, obedience, pet siting, transportation services, emergency visits and personal concierge.  From their website:

Owner and Operator, Amy Miller, more commonly known around Baltimore as ‘Amy Kay’ has been a certified Dog Behaviorist since 2008.

After leaving the pet services industry and spending a few successful years in the corporate world, Amy realized something very important was missing.The love and passion she had while working and caring for dogs was gone. In 2013 Amy decided to leave the corporate world behind and focus 100% of her efforts on DOGTIME. She recently re-launched the business in Baltimore City with a primary focus on South Baltimore.

Petra Cafe Opens in Former Beach Bum’s Space

Petra Cafe is now open at 1038 Light St. in the former home of Beach Bum’s.  A sign on the window says they will be specializing in falafel and shawerma (…and their Facebook page features a picture of a shawerma wrap with sweet chili or tehina mint.)

Down The Hatch Sold Again

Down The Hatch at 1157 Haubert St., which was recently known as Witty’s (though the sign never changed), is going through a liquor license transfer for the second time in 12 months.  A team of three owners have applied under the name “The House” and it will go before the liquor board this Thursday.  We’ll keep you posted when we know more.

Bill Graves Has Passed Away 

We have some sad news to unfortunately share as Bill Graves of Bill Graves Shoe Repair at 1022 S. Charles St. has passed away. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and all the members of the community who knew him well – RIP Bill!

We will keep you posted when we know more about the future of the business.

Pigtown Adds New Pharmacy

Pigtown Main Street welcomes a new business as Total Health Care Pharmacy has opened inside the Bon Secours Clinic at 700 Washington Blvd.

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