South Baltimore Business Roundup

| September 22, 2014 | 1 Comments

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Federal Hill Featured on ‘House Hunters Renovation’

If you have cable, you’ve probably seen an episode of ‘House Hunters.’ The popular show on HGTV features home buyers looking at three different homes before deciding which one to purchase. Now, there is also ‘House Hunters Renovation,’ where the selection process is followed by the new homeowners undertaking a renovation of their home.

It is always exciting when your city is featured on House Hunters and even more exciting when it takes place in your own neighborhood. A recent episode of House Hunters Renovation, which is now currently available on Comcast On-Demand (TV Shows – House Hunters Reno – Rowhouse Reno), featured a couple relocating from Buffalo to Baltimore. They checked out two homes in Baltimore County, as well as a home in Federal Hill/Riverside on Fort Ave.

The couple chose the home on Fort Ave. and completed an extensive main floor makeover, as well as a master bathroom renovation. Throughout the episode there were also a lot of great shots of South Baltimore and the Inner Harbor.

Pigtown’s Titled Pig Loses Liquor License

On April 24th, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) renewed Tilted Pig’s liquor license at 771 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. The renewal was protested by some Pigtown community members, but their protest was dismissed because of a rule stating they had to live within 200 feet of the establishment. The protestants asked for reconsideration of this decision now that two new members (Chairman Thomas Ward and Commissioner Dana P. Moore) joined the three-member BLLC board, which also includes existing member Commissioner Harvey E. Jones.

Reconsideration was granted by the new board as Ward said the following about the the 200-foot rule, “It’s the most ridiculous rule I’ve ever heard in my life” and “It’s a rule which makes protests impossible. It’s an impossible rule. It’s an unfair rule.”

After reconsideration, the renewal was unanimously denied for reasons including use of live entertainment without permission. Here is more about the decision from the Community Law Center’s Booze News blog:

Chairman Ward said, “the Liquor Board is responsible for the regulation of the privilege of dispensing alcohol.” He said that the Tilted Pig was knowingly violating the law for a long period of time, and it wasn’t until the Liquor Board inspector issued a violation that the issue stopped. The neighborhood has been terrorized and has been required to come down to testify. The question, according to Ward is, should the license have been renewed. There’s been testimony about the licensee’s improvement since March. But Ward reiterated that the neighborhood has been terrorized and there’s absolutely no question that what was going on is something that no one could live with. Ward concluded, “I feel that the community should not have to defend itself only after the total breakdown of law and order and have to come back in and hope that the bar would not do it again.” The bar has been a “total utter disgrace in the way it was being operated” and it should be closed permanently.

Commissioners Moore and Jones agreed with Chairman Ward.

photoNew Boutique Opens Hanover Street

Atstylestudio Reloaded recently opened a store at 1043 S. Hanover St. in Federal Hill. Atstylestudio is a women’s and men’s clothing boutique, as well as home to Gain’s Clothing Company.  

The new store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 7pm. It also has more than 7,800 followers on Instagram.

Alliance Comics Closes

Alliance Comics has closed at 904 Light St. in Federal Hill, however still has a location open in Silver Spring.

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