South Baltimore Business Roundup

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments


This South Baltimore Business Roundup is brought to you by: Federal Hill Main Street’s Fest-of-All

Inner Harbor Apartment Tower Gets Financing

Construction will start soon on South Baltimore’s largest new apartment tower as financing was secured for the 44-story, 394-unit apartment tower at 414 Light St. adjacent to Otterbein and the Inner Harbor. Questar properties will be receiving a $107.28 million loan for the project from Citizens Bank.

“The Citizens Commercial Real Estate Finance team has been a great partner on this transformative project,” said Stephen Gorn, president of Questar Properties, in a press release. “They bring great ideas, a wealth of experience in the market and are able to execute transactions successfully.”

The project will have 12,000 sq. ft. of first floor retail as well as parking for approximately 550 cars.

Rendering courtesy of Questar 


Bagel Pop-Up Coming to Cross Street

Bottoms Up Bagels will open a pop-up shop at Pixilated’s space at 46 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill from February 22nd to February 28th. It will offer bagels, lox, spreads, sandwiches, and daily specials. It will be open each day from 7am to3pm.

Sagamore Invests in Watch Company

Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Venture’s LLC, based at City Garage in Port Covington, announced a partnership with Towson-based Towson Watch Co. (TWC). From a press release:

Towson Watch Co. LLP, founded in 2000, designs and manufactures limited series timepieces crafted personally for the customer. The company was founded by George Thomas and Hartwig Balke, master watchmakers who first met by chance while making sailors’ small talk at an Irish pub in Annapolis.

“With this investment in the Towson Watch Company, we are excited to help raise the profile of a local manufacturer,” said Tom Geddes, managing partner of Plank Industries. “Working with George and Hartwig, we hope to grow the business and create new local jobs over time, while maintaining the high quality standards set by the founders.”

At this time, TWC is not expected to make a move to South Baltimore.

OrderUp Adds SoBo Restaurants

App delivery service OrderUp added Afters Cafe, Blue Moon Too, Cheese Galore & More, El Pollo Real, Encantada, and Sobo Market to its list of restaurants that deliver to South Baltimore.

Federal Hill Main Street’s Board Elections Tonight at Mother’s

Tonight, Federal Hill Main Street is hosting its elections for its board at Mother’s Grille at 7pm. From the Facebook Event:

Come join us and help elect Federal Hill Main Street’s Board for 2016! Any and all business owners and residents are encouraged to attend and be a part of what helps keep Federal Hill a great place to live, work and play!

Federal Hill Main Street maintains the Visitors Center on Cross St. and plans events year-round, like the Spring Block Party, Jazz and Blues Festival, and Fest-Of-All. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for you to share feedback, offer suggestions, and volunteer to help out. Board elections will also be held at this meeting and if you’re present, you can vote! There is no cost to attend but you must pre-register by February 12 at the Eventbrite link above. Your registration includes a FREE drink at the bar as well as snacks and appetizers. Contact Hillary Chester ( if you have any questions.

About Federal Hill Main Street’s Fest-of-All:

Join us in celebrating a showcase of all things Federal Hill at the 9th Annual Fest-of-All on Saturday, March 5, 2016 presented by Historic Federal Hill Main Street.

Fest-of-All is a premier showcase of the best of Federal Hill’s food, drink and fashion. The festival features an array of food from area restaurants and taverns, live music and dancing, a silent auction and a fashion showcase with items from neighborhood boutiques.

This year’s event will be hosted at GAME Sports Bar; South Baltimore’s newest bar & event venue. The Real Geniuses will be performing and are sure to make for a memorable evening.

Proceeds from Fest-Of-all go to the national award-winning nonprofit, Federal Hill Main Street, to benefit their community and business district revitalization efforts.

Tickets are $75 in advance, $90 at the door, and include unlimited food tastings, open bar, and access to great entertainment. Tickets may be purchased through MissionTix, or by contacting Historic Federal Hill Main Street.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

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