South Baltimore Business Roundup

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Diamondback Launches a Kickstarter

Diamondback Brewing Company announced plans in April to open a 6,800 sq. ft. brewery and tap room at the former Phillips and Coco-Cola plant at McHenry Row in Locust Point. It is now looking to raise funds for its tap room through a Kickstarter campaign. Donors can get items such as apparel, pint glasses, VIP tickets to Diamondback’s premier, and a Mug Club membership.

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New Restaurants Open

Three new food establishments have opened as Home Maid, Insomnia Cookies, and Ruby 8 Noodle and Sushi Bar are now serving patrons in South Baltimore. Home Maid serves all-day breakfast at 140 Key Hwy. in Federal Hill, Insomnia serves cookies every day until 3am (and provides delivery service) at 1059 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill, and Ruby 8 serves its cuisine from its Horseshoe Casino restaurant (plus a raw bar and more) at 1701 Whetstone Way at McHenry Row in Locust Point.


Baltimore Station Fishing Trip with Eugene Monroe

Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle Eugene Monroe, an investor in the Stadium Square development, recently hosted a fishing trip with 45 homeless veterans from The Baltimore Station (TBS), an organization which neighbors Stadium Square. From a Fox 45 article:

Monroe rented two charter boats himself and took the group of 40 veterans fishing. Apparently the vets found early success, catching the day’s limit — 90 fish — before noon. Chef Russell, The Baltimore Station’s chef will use the freshly caught fish in preparing meals for the vets throughout this weekend.

While the fishing outing was fun (and bountiful), it also had a significant underlying mission. The excursion was part of a behavioral health therapy activity offered by The Baltimore Station’s addiction treatment program, which strives to “turn lives around,” according to a statement released Friday.

MindGrub Makes Hires

McHenry Row’s MindGrub is growing fast in its Locust Point headquarters with 17 new hires in 2016, bringing its employee base to about 70. From a press release:

As part of Mindgrub’s strategic growth initiatives, the technology innovation company has created 3 new divisions: Business Development, Internal Marketing, and Digital Marketing. These divisions accompany Mindgrub’s existing teams, which include Mobile, Web, Games, Branding, User Experience, Design, and Client Services.

Tapas in the City Launches

A new event called Tapas in the City was created by three Baltimoreans. Tapas in the City will take place at popular Baltimore restaurants and provide attendees with the opportunity to sample a few of the restaurant’s popular items over the course of a sit-down meal.

The first event is on June 15th at Bluegrass Tavern.

Under Amour Signs UCLA

Under Armour continues to add sports teams and programs to its portfolio with a new 15-year, $252 million deal with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From UCLA:

UCLA and Under Armour® (NYSE:UA) today announced a new, 15-year performance footwear and apparel agreement. Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank joined UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero to introduce the partnership between one of the world’s most recognizable collegiate athletic programs and the global leader in innovative performance products.

As part of the partnership, Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel and equipment for training and game-day uniforms for all 25 of the university’s men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams. The long-term agreement between the university and brand, which commences July 1, 2017, is the largest apparel deal in the history of the NCAA, reaffirming UCLA’s status as a world-class institution and Under Armour’s position as a global leader committed to collegiate athletics.

UCLA is Under Armour’s 35th Division I all-school partnership and third in the Pac-12 Conference, joining the recently announced University of California, Berkeley and the University of Utah.

New Hire at Deep Flow Studios

Brooklyn’s Deep Flow Studios has brought Baltimore-based producer Dave O onto its team. Dave O has produced for various artist including platinum-selling hip hop artist Future.

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