South Baltimore Business Roundup

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Blue Moon Too on the Food Network

Blue Moon’s original location in Fells Point has made three appearances on Food Networks’ Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and now Federal Hill’s Blue Moon Too has a Food Network appearance under their belt. It was featured on Saturday at the 16th of July on show Guilty Pleasures.


Ravens Play 60 Grant Awarded to South Baltimore Non Profits

The Ravens Foundation, Inc. recently awarded $100,000 in grants to 26 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore area including Baltimore Rowing Club, Paul’s Place with locations in South Baltimore, as well as Charm City Youth Lacrosse which plays at Carroll Park.

The Ravens’ PLAY 60 Grant provides financial support of up to $5,000 for both initiating and expanding programs or endeavors that promote physical fitness and/or nutrition education among youth.

Eyebrow Threading in Federal Hill 

The former Nepal Jewelry at 1020 Light St. in Federal Hill is now Looks Beauty Brows Threading Salon.

Scott Plank Invests in Hollins Market 

Scott Plank of War Horse development has purchased more than 30 properties in Hollins Market according to The Baltimore Sun. From the article:

The properties sold, many of them commercial, line the blocks around Hollins Market, in an area roughly defined by Baltimore Street to the north, Lombard Street to the south, Arlington Avenue to the east and South Carrollton Avenue to the west, according to land records. will keep you posted on this story as it develops.



Becker Media Opens Federal Hill Office

Oakland, California’s Becker Media has opened in an office in Federal Hill at 1412 Light St. About Becker Media from their website:

Becker Media lives and breathes marketing for schools. It’s all we do. We’re a full service marketing agency for schools that relentlessly fights for the best results for our clients. Our mantra is more students for less marketing dollars. We know that marketing requires hard work every day for our clients, so we never rest. We take a holistic view of marketing, not just looking at any one channel. Our focus is building your business, not ours. That’s why you should talk to us.

Interim Design for McKeldin Plaza 

McKeldin Fountain and its skywalks are currently getting demolished at McKeldin Plaza Downtown. While a permanent replacement for the fountain will be part of a design competition, a temporary space will take it’s place. From The Baltimore Sun:

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is moving forward with plans to tear out the aging fountain in McKeldin Plaza, replacing it — at least temporarily — with new grass terraces overlooking the busy Inner Harbor intersection, illuminated with strings of lights and shaded by new trees.

The new design is an interim plan, expected to be in place for just a few years, Fowler (Kirby Fowler, President of Downtown Partnership)  said. It was created by landscape architect David Rubin, a member of the city’s design panel and the founding principal of the Philadelphia landscape architecture and urban design firm Land Collective.

Maryland’s First Lady Visits The Baltimore Station

Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan recently visited The Baltimore Station in South Baltimore. From a press release:

“We wish to thank Mrs. Hogan for spotlighting the success our client-centered approach has had combating the issues and challenges of homelessness—particularly for veterans in Baltimore—with her visit to The Baltimore Station,” said The Baltimore Station executive director John Friedel. “Her visit will help us grow our support and volunteer network in Maryland that’s critical to breaking the cycle of homelessness.”

The Baltimore Station has been specifically responding to the multifaceted needs of veterans experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder for 27 years by providing treatment beyond housing that includes mental health and substance use disorder therapy, food and life skills training and pro-social experiences to help heal, provide a basis for future positive social engagement and guide reentry into the workforce and independent living.

“Our state owes our veterans a tremendous debt, and thanks to facilities like The Baltimore Station, military heroes who have fallen on hard times are receiving the care they deserve,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “It is so important that we honor our veterans for their selfless service, and The Baltimore Station is doing that every day, by providing a safe and compassionate environment for those who put their lives on the line for our country.”

Mrs. Hogan’s visit aligns with her principal goals as first lady to spotlight and connect with communities in Maryland while creating sensitivity around issues like veteran homelessness that are important to Marylanders. Last year, The Baltimore Station served 355 men—88 percent of whom were veterans—and 74 percent went on to secure independent housing or reunite with family.


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