South Baltimore News and Business Roundup

| July 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Liquor Board Hearings for Hollins Market

Today’s liquor board hearing could result in the rejuvenation of two once-popular locations in Hollins Market.  Zella’s Pizzeria at 1143 Hollins St. is back making great pizza under the original ownership of Julie Ernst and Cem Ari and will seek to regain their Class “B” Beer Wine and Liquor License.

photo1114 Hollins St. is the former home of Baltimore Pho, and the brief home of Cockey’s, and a liquor board motion today seeks to transfer the Class BD7 Beer, Wine & Liquor License to Mi Ranchito.  Work has been underway at Mi Ranchito.

Update:  Both were approved

BambooMoves Yoga to Open in Locust Point

Locust Point is getting a new yoga studio this fall at 1624 Fort Ave. in the former home of an organic nail salon.  BambooMoves will be opening a Baltimore location to accompany their other locations in New York and New Jersey.  From their website:

Abiding by yogic ethical principles (Yamas & Niyamas), we conduct our business, our teachings, and our classes based on the principles espoused in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  This includes compassion, truthfulness, and surrender to the Supreme Energy. Honoring the ancient teachings of yoga, Bamboomoves inspires the body, transcends the mind, and uplifts the spirit.  We believe that everyone can experience more joy, peace, and happiness – one smile, one breath, one move at a time.

Our classes range from Yoga, Belly Dance, Tai Chi, Zumba, Capoeira, Meditation, and more.  Each studio serves as a community center and sanctuary offering nutritional programs, workshops, selfless service, and healing.

1901 South Charles Receives LEED Gold Rating 

South Baltimore’s own 1901 South Charles became the first wood-framed rental community in Baltimore to be awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  From a statement:

“The LEED Gold standard is a very high bar,” said Josh E. Fidler, a principal in Chesapeake Realty Partners. “Credit also goes to Clark Construction, JDavis Architects and our trade contractors.”

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. To achieve 1901 South Charles’ LEED gold certification, the owner/developer, designers, contractors, and consultants collaborated to achieve points in the following categories: High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Systems; Energy Efficient Appliances; High Efficiency Hot Water Heating; Energy Efficient Lighting; Indoor Environment Quality; Innovation & Design Process; and Material and Resources.

“As a LEED Gold building, we are energy- and cost-efficient,” said Jon Mayers, President of Chesapeake Realty Partners, the developer of 1901 South Charles. “That translates into real value for our residents.”

New crosswalks have also been added at the corner of Charles and Wells St. outside of 1901 South Charles as Wells St. transitions from an industrial thoroughfare to more residential- and pedestrian-friendly.

Chipotle Partners with AVAM’s Flicks From the Hill 

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) kicks off their Flicks From the Hill series tonight. For the next seven Thursday nights, people can visit Federal Hill Park and view a different film being projected on AVAM’s facade. In partnership with AVAM, Chipotle will also be offering free chips and salsa to the first 50 attendees. Chipotle will also be handing out BOGO discount cards (which can be used for tacos, burritos, burrito bowls and salads at all Chipotle stores) and raffling off Chipotle swag packs.

photoThe Armoire Close Its Doors

The Armoire at 905 Light St.  has closed and the location, previously a Coldwell Banker, is now available for rent. The Armoire originally opened at 735 S. Charles St. in November of 2012 before moving to Light St. last May.

New Home Coming to Riverside

A strip of garages on an alley intersecting with Webster St. will be the site of a new 3600+ square foot, 3-car garage single family home.

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