South Baltimore Business Roundup

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

IMG_8439New Coffee Shop on Key Hwy.

A new coffee shop named 3 Bean Coffee will be opening this August at 209 Key Hwy. in a first-floor space that was a former insurance office. 3 Bean Coffee – named after the coffee, cacao, and vanilla beans they use – will serve coffee and coffee specialty drinks, espressos, teas, milkshakes, pastries, parfaits, quiches, and desserts.

Tabrizi’s to Feed the Homeless

HarborView restaurant and wedding venue Tabrizi’s will be taking Restaurant Week off this year to feed the city’s homeless. From owner Michael Tabrizi in a Baltimore Magazine article:

“I decided that, after all of the chaos earlier this year, it would be better to do something for the city to unite the people,” he says. “It isn’t about revenue and money right now, we’ve done restaurant week before and we know the numbers, but right now it’s more important to promote the welfare of the city and its residents rather than to promote the business.”

“These people don’t only suffer from hunger, but also from hopelessness, they feel that they don’t have any dignity anymore,” Tabrizi says. “We want them to come in and feel like they’re cared for.”

Keller Williams Closes Federal Hill Office

The Keller Williams real estate office at 1118-B Light St. has closed. The space is currently available for lease.

Improvements on Race St.

The Enclave of Federal Hill, a 13-new construction townhome project at Fort and Race St. that is part of the project from developers Steve Murphy and Steve Strohecker, is cleaning up the appearance and functionality of the corner of Fort. Ave. and Race St. The developers have removed the former jersey walls that stood at the corner and have replaced them with new guard rails and directional signs. New landscaping will also be coming soon to beautify the intersection.

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Auction in Morrell Park

A lot approved for 20 townhomes at 2595 Carroll St. in Morrell Park will be heading to auction on August 13th at 11am. The opening bid is $200,000.

Jeremy Diamond of The Diamond Group told that the lot is prime and ready for brand new townhomes featuring rooftops decks showing views of the Inner Harbor that could sell for less than $300,000 each.

Tilted Pig Auction Rescheduled 

An auction for 771 Washington Blvd., which was originally scheduled for June 18th, has been rescheduled for July 29th. The building is 3,348 sq. ft. and includes a fully-equipped kitchen, a built-in bar, and numerous TVs.

The property was last Tilted Pig before it lost its liquor license in September 2014. Prior to that it was Café Calypso.

Baltimore Ideal for College Grads

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has named Baltimore as the 11th best major metro city for college graduates to work. From the study:

Baltimore is a city in transition and its 11th place ranking among our top 15 Major Metros raises hope and yet poses challenges for public and civic leaders. Conditions are strong in the labor market, with an unemployment rate in the middle of this group of cities.  In addition, earnings and rents are in the middle band. When Baltimore is compared with Washington, DC, rents average a significant $400 less a month, making the southern portions of the metro area an option for those priced out of the DC rental market.  Sadly, this lower cost structure is the legacy of years of industrial abandonment and disinvestment. The events of the spring of 2015 are likely to cause civic leaders to focus on rebuilding.

Below is the complete Top 15 list:

1. Washington
2. San Francisco
3. Boston
4. San Jose
5. New York
6. Seattle
7. Denver
8. Austin
9. Minneapolis-St. Paul
10. Raleigh
11. Baltimore
12. Columbus
13. Hartford
14. Chicago
15. Pittsburgh

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