South Baltimore Business Roundup

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sleepy’s to Replace Radio Shack

A lot of changes have taken place at Southside Marketplace recently with the addition of Southside Diner, Reflex Functional Fitness, Phenix Salon Suites, and Sherwin-Williams, which opened last week. Radio Shack also recently closed at the shopping center, but the 2,400 sq. ft. space will soon be occupied again with a new Sleepy’s mattress store.

Since began covering the area in 2012, 10 new stores have joined the Riverside/Locust Point shopping center, which has 31 retail sites. Currently two of those sites, totaling 4,706 sq. ft., remain vacant.

Eye Care Coming to McHenry Row

McHenry Row in Locust Point will also be adding a new business to its office tower. InnoVision Eye Care will be opening a store that will offer prescription eye glasses, contacts, designer sunglasses, and more.

hanover port covingtonChanges at Baltimore Yacht Basin

Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development has been buying up large chunks of Port Covington real estate totaling more than 120 acres and $90 million in investment. Plank detailed some of those plans last month and revealed renderings for the new Sagamore Spirit whiskey distillery.

Sagamore’s investment has also included $5.9 million for Nick’s Fish House and the attached Baltimore Yacht Basin Marina. Sagamore has brought in the ownership of popular Delaware restaurants The Starboard, Bethany Blues and Big Fish to run Nick’s, but changes are also being made at the marina.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Sagamore will be terminating the leases of vessels that are inoperable or uninsured. Also, all interested in continued membership will now have to make annual payments as opposed to monthly. From the article:

An evaluation found boats there that were inoperable and others without insurance, posing risks to other slipholders, John Maroon, a spokesman for Sagamore and the marina, said in a statement. Rules were not being enforced, and of the 58 vessels there, 21 were not in compliance when they had their leases terminated.

In the statement, Maroon said the marina is offering every boat owner the chance to stay.

“Moving forward, we will work with all our marina users to bring their vessels into compliance, or work with them on plans to safely move their boats from the marina while making sure to avoid imposing any hardship,” he said. “We will be flexible and supportive with our users as we work toward creating a safe environment where all our boaters can enjoy a memorable experience at the Baltimore Yacht Basin.”

Stache Bash Raises More Than $3,000

The Stache Bash, put on by Bart Viguers of Bmore Fresh and held last Saturday at Delia Foley’s, attracted a big crowd and raised more than $3,000 for Rebuilding Together Baltimore.

Idle Hour Update

Idle Hour’s Indiegogo campaign is off to a nice start as it has raised more than $18,600 in its first week. The owners of the popular South Baltimore bar are hoping to raise $40,000. The campaign has 38 days left.

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