South Baltimore Business Roundup

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Red Owl Making Moves

Red Owl Analytics, a Federal Hill-based cyber security startup at 1111 Light Street, has secured $17 million in new financing according to the Baltimore Business Journal. From the article:

RedOwl plans to hire between 15 and 20 staffers over the next six to nine months. Hiring will be focused on software engineers and scientists — the specialists responsible for fine-tuning RedOwl technology that analyzes human behavior to detect internal system threats, said CEO Guy Filippelli.

RedOwl on Tuesday reported a $17 million Series B round led by Allegis Capital. The round brings the company’s total funding to $30 million. The money will go toward building out technology features of RedOwl’s cybersecurity software, pursuing clients in new markets, establishing an office in London and hiring the experts needed to make that happen.

Peruvian Chicken Comes to Federal Hill 

IMG_8437El Pollo Real has opened in the former Cross Street Kabob House at 1101 Light St. in Federal Hill. The property was originally a pawn shop.

According to its Facebook page it will offer pollo a la brasa, also known as Peruvian chicken, and sides, as well as Mexican favorites such as tacos, quesadillas, burritos, chicharron, ceviche, and more.

Pigtown Main Street Real Estate Updates

Several shakeups are happening on Pigtown Main Street that could help reshape the South Baltimore business corridor. On the same day as an upcoming auction for the former Tilted Pig, two adjacent buildings totaling 9,100 sq. ft. at 908 and 912 Washington Blvd. are available at a a July 29th Alex Cooper auction. The properties were recently used as a “house of worship and school,” according to the listing.

Pigtown Main Street Director Ben Hyman told in an email, “we certainly hope that those properties become productive commercial uses for the community.”

An adjacent building around the corner at Poppleton St. and Washington Blvd. was recently sold and is currently under renovation.

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Across the street, three vacant rowhomes, adjacent to a vacant lot at the corner of Washington Blvd. and W. Cross St., will be demolished at 923, 925 and 927 Washington Blvd. The property, consisting of the demolished homes and vacant lot, will become a new parking lot, which The Pigtown Main Street Business District Strategic Plan identified as an ideal use for this piece of real estate.

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Charles Street Pop-Up Shop

A pop-up shop called Swoon opened at 910 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill at the former home of Oomph Marketing. The shop and exhibition will be open from July 11th to July 27th. From

Swoon is a collection of new abstract pattern work by recent MICA graduate Leah Greer Moloney.

Using a variety of media and bold combinations, Moloney forms a luciously rich and full puzzle that will encircle you. Swoon reflects distinctive characteristics of perception and emotion. With Swoon, Moloney cultivates swirling color groupings across an intoxicating range from gently muted to wholly fluorescent.

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