South Baltimore Business Roundup

| July 31, 2013 | 6 Comments

mick1Fundraiser for Mick T. Pirate’s Daughter

On August 10th from noon to 5pm, Pickles Pub is hosting a fundraiser for the college fund of the daughter of the late Mick T. Pirate, a former Pickles bartender and spice maker.  The event will include cornhole, raffles, celebrity bartenders, face painting, a silent auction and ‘a few surprises.’  Visit their site for more information.

About Mick’s Dream: 

Mick’s boundless energy and zest for life made him many friends, which is why so many people have come forward to help keep his legacy alive. Mick’s dream was to provide a college education for his beloved daughter Matoaka, who just completed her freshman year. In honor of Mick, please make a donation to Matoaka’s college fund.

Sprint Store Opening at Southside 

Discount Cigarettes recently closed its doors at the Southside Marketplace and a Sprint Store will now be taking its place.  Southside Marketplace currently has two vacancies, including the old Popeyes and a space between Pet Valu and H&R Block. Leasing agent Jack de Villiers told that they are currently negotiating a deal for one of the vacancies.

New Tenant for Movietime?

A lot of changes are in the works for S. Charles St. in the heart of Federal Hill as HarborQue is moving into the old Kirby’s at 1125 S. Charles St., Michael’s is proposing a large new restaurant at the lot at 1000-1006 S. Charles St., and the main section of the long-vacant Movietime appears on its way to reopening with a new tenant (part of the old Movietime space was used to create Banditos).

The Movietime space has construction paper up in the windows and the ‘For Lease’ sign has been removed. We’ll keep you posted when we find out more.

Update 8/5:  Thanks to updates from several readers (Thanks!), has learned Forever Yogurt will be taking over this space.

New Capital One for Mt. Clare

Mt. Clare Junction in SoWeBo is seeing activity of late. Price Rite recently opened in the vacant grocery store space and now Capital One will be opening a branch in the space vacated by Wells Fargo. The sign was going up yesterday and it should be open for banking soon.

New Zipcars for SoBo

Two parking spaces outside of 1901 South Charles at the corner of Wells and Marshall St. are being prepped for Zipcar rentals.

Improvements to the Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center is currently undergoing $3.15 million in improvements including a refurbished planetarium; a new exhibit called ‘The Shed,’ which will open in September; and a new exhibit called ‘Power Up,’ which will begin construction in September.  From an article in the Baltimore Sun: 

Tom Noonan, the CEO and president of Visit Baltimore, said the Science Center’s refresh coincides with the continued rebound of tourism spending toward pre-recession levels.

“The Science Center is one of the Inner Harbor’s anchors, and as with some of our other destinations, we’re pleased that they have the ability to deliver new experiences for visitors,” Noonan said. “That’s going to make it all the more enticing for people to visit, especially those who have been there before and will be eager to see something new.”

RedOwl Analytics Enters Partnership

1111 Light Street’s RedOwl Analytics announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-­‐ Q-­‐Tel (IQT). IQT is a non‐profit, strategic investor that identifies, adapts and delivers innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. In a statement from RedOwl:

“Our partnership with RedOwl represents our continued commitment to powerful, mission-­‐ driven, and user-­‐centric capabilities in today’s big data environment,” said Robert Ames, Senior Vice President in charge of IQT’s Information and Communications Technologies Practice. “The company’s approach to pattern analysis technology makes it an important addition to the IQT portfolio.”

“Our mission is to transform the way in which organizations take advantage of their increasing digital exhaust, and truly treat historical data as a strategic corporate asset,” said Guy Filippelli, CEO of RedOwl Analytics. “We’re enthusiastic about the IQT partnership and the opportunity to further develop our technology for the government market.”

Tech Company Office Space Carousel

As the tech industry continues to surge in  South Baltimore, and Baltimore as a whole, many companies are finding a quick need for more office space. Baltimore is reporting that Parking Panda, which shared a space with RedOwl at 1111 Light Street, is moving to Bully Entertainment’s old space on the 1100 block of Marshall St.  Bully Entertainment, a gaming and 3D animation firm, has moved to a new space at The Foundry in Locust Point at 921 E. Fort Ave. Baltimore is also reporting that Cambridge Innovation Center, a Boston area coworking space and incubator, is opening a 44,000 square foot office at the UM BioPark complex in SoWeBo.

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