South Baltimore Business Roundup

| December 9, 2014 | 1 Comments

Prudential PenFed Realty Now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty

Prudential PenFed Realty, which has a South Baltimore office at Southside Marketplace and is named for Pentagon Federal Credit Union, is now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. Prudential PenFed brings an annual sales volume of nearly $2 billion. From a December 4th press release:

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today announced that Prudential PenFed Realty has joined the network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty.

“Our transition brings together two revered brands that elevate our presence in the marketplace,” said Kevin Wiles, president, Mid-Atlantic Region. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ namesake is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the world’s most trusted and respected corporations. Of course, Pentagon Federal Credit Union is one of America’s strongest and safest financial institutions. We look forward to an incredibly bright future.”

“PenFed Realty is one of America’s top brokerages and is a wonderful addition to our network,” said HSF Affiliates’ incoming CEO Gino Blefari, who will speak during the reception at the Congressional Country Club. “We proudly welcome this company to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.”

IMG_3775Christmas Trees for Sale Next to Little Havana

The former Globe Brewing Co. lot adjacent to Little Havanas is being used to sell Christmas trees during the holiday season. The trees are $60 and include free delivery to the “peninsula and beyond.” The trees are Frasier Fir and Douglas Fir trees from North Carolina. Contact 410-837-9903 for more information.

They will also be hosing a craft sale this Saturday.

Liquor License Swap in Riverside/Locust Point

A liquor license transfer has been applied for to move the former Thorton’s Pub license at 1538 E. Clement St. to the location of the former Rallo’s/Big Matty’s Diner at 838 E. Fort Ave. Big Matty’s moved across the street earlier this year to the Southside Marketplace and is now called Southside Diner.

Renovation at Lucky’s Deli

Lucky’s Deli at 445 E. Fort Ave. in Riverside underwent a full renovation. The interior features new floors, refrigerators and shelves, as well as new stone facade on the outside.

Food Life Point Loses Liquor License

Food Life Point, a proposed deli and market at Silo Point in Locust Point that has seen little progress this year, lost its liquor license. Tweet from former BLLC Chairmen and current City Paper columnist Steve Fogleman:

Apothecary Wellness Announces Closing

Apothecary Wellness, a spa at 1200 Light St., announced it will be closing in an email and message on its Facebook Page. The announcement read:

With a heavy heart we are announcing today that on March 31, 2015 Apothecary Wellness will close its doors. This has been a labor of love for us and after 6 years we are proud that we have made a significant impact on our community and helped many people on their journey to wellness. However, if we’ve learned anything in life, it’s that change is constant.

Christine has a few opportunities that will take her away from the Baltimore area, and Rachel will be going back into private practice as well as pursuing a teaching career to help others to be amazing massage therapists.

In the last year we have searched for a buyer or an investor in an effort to continue to grow Apothecary Wellness to its potential while also reducing the demands on ourselves personally. Unfortunately, at this time we have not found anyone to take over the business. The business will remain up for sale until we actually close, so if you or anyone you know might be interested in purchasing Apothecary Wellness, please direct inquiries to Christine at [email protected] and we will direct them to our broker.

There are, of course, several loose ends to address. So please stay tuned over the next few months to hear about where your favorite therapists will be practicing once we close, and deep discounts on all of our retail products. Baring any last minute inquiries from a buyer, we will be selling off our equipment, furniture and décor in the last few weeks of March. We will keep you apprised of all of this in the coming months.

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