South Baltimore Business Roundup

| October 12, 2016 | 1 Comments

WoodKnott Coming to Federal Hill 

South Baltimore resident Eric Knott and business partner Meagan Kelly are opening WoodKnott at 912 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill at the former Federal Restorations which recently relocated to 838 Leadenhall St. Knott has been a contractor since 2002 and will now focus on creating custom furniture and cabinets that will be sold at the new store.

The 1,900 sq. ft. space will feature a first floor showroom, where WoodKnott will keep about 10 pieces that will serve as an illustration of Knott’s work, and a workshop in the basement. The owners are currently undertaking a mostly cosmetic renovation of the space with an opening date targeted for November.

Knott told the pieces will be “rowhome-centric” to help with the space limitations of city living and prices would be affordable and comparable to many other furniture stores.


Lakeside Title Company Opens in Federal Hill 

Lakeside Title Company opened an office at 1200 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The space was formerly the home of a Signature Title and a RE/MAX office before that.

Lakeside started in 1994 has 14 locations between Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


The Well Opens in Federal Hill 

Jennifer Poulin, formerly a team member at Federal Hill Massage & Wellness Center which closed in August, recently opened The Well Community Acupuncture and Wellness at 42 E. Cross St. within Federal Hill Main Street’s building. The Well offers community acupuncture, one-on-one acupuncture, custom message therapy, and shiatsu.


Visit Baltimore Hires News CEO

Visit Baltimore hired Al Hutchison as its new president and CEO:

Hutchinson brings more than 24 years of experience in the hospitality and destination marketing industry to Baltimore, most recently serving as president and CEO of Visit Mobile, where he was recognized as the 2016 Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance’s ‘Tourism Promoter of the Year.’ Under Hutchinson’s leadership, Visit Mobile launched a new brand campaign, ‘Born to Celebrate;’ saw record visitor attendance; a large increase in visitor inquiries; and an increase in the city’s hotel occupancy rate and revenue collection.

As president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, Hutchinson will be responsible for leading the growth of the convention and tourism industry in Baltimore, overseeing the day-to-day management of all sales and marketing programs and serving as the hospitality industry’s liaison to the business, civic and local community, while demonstrating the impact of tourism on the City and State.

Prior to joining Visit Mobile, Hutchinson served as the vice president of convention sales and services at the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau where, for more than 11 years, he led the convention sales and service team, directed the advertising agency and worked closely with community leaders, industry decision makers, elected officials and tourism  partners

South Baltimore Restaurants Honored in The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun recently released its 50 Best Restaurants of 2016. The following South Baltimore restaurants were recognized:

50 Best: Wine Market Bistro, Encantada

10 Meals under $10: Samos Greek Island Grill’s spanakopita

Top 25 Bars: Bookmakers Cocktail Club,

Baltimore’s Best Crab Dishes: Nick’s Fish House crab balls

10 Restaurants with Ambiance: Encantada

10 Favorite Servers: Stephanie Underwood, Blue Moon Too

Standout Dishes: Blue Moon Cafe and Blue Moon Too’s Frito pie French toast, Mi and Yu Noodle Bar’s ramen

Readers Choice; Best Restaurants: SoBo Cafe, Federal Hill

Kevin Plank Receives Hall of Champions Award 

Today, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) came to Locust Point to present Kevin Plank with its inaugural Hall of Champions Award.


Maryland Stadium Authority Participates in Cleanup 

The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) had a volunteer day last Wednesday at Solo Gibbs Park in Sharp-Leadenhall, adjacent to the Camden Yards Sport Complex. According to Jan Hardesty of the MSA, its team spent the day weeding, watering, planting, and cleaning the park as part of a Governor Hogan’s initiative.

Photos courtesy of MSA



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