South Baltimore Business Roundup

| July 10, 2017 | 1 Comments

Pigtown Shopping Center Heads to Auction 

Mount Claire Junction, a 15.7-acre shopping center with 234,035 sq. ft. of building space located at 1201 W. Pratt St., will head to auction tomorrow at Baltimore City’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse. Alex Cooper Auctioneers is conducting the auction of all the buildings and fixtures. The shopping center includes a Price Rite, YouFit, a Capital One, Vizzinis, Downtown Locker Room, a laundromat, and other stores.


Anthem House Mural Finished 

The new mural at Anthem House facing Key Hwy. has been completed. The mural pays homage to notable Baltimoreans Edgar Allen Poe, Francis Scott Key, and Billie Holiday.

“They are painted in black and white while colorful Maryland and American flags provide contrasting background imagery,” the team at Anthem House told “There are hexagons throughout this mural which are each made up of four pentagrams. These add movement and modernity to the piece, as well as provide a subtle nod to the nearby Fort McHenry, which is also in the shape of a pentagram.”

Under Armour Nominated for ESPN Award

Under Armour has been named a finalist for ESPN’s Corporate Community Impact Award for its UA House Project in East Baltimore. From a press release:

UA House is a 30,000-square foot community hub designed to re-imagine how communities gather. It uses innovative programming focused on health, sports, academic enrichment and physical fitness as tools to support neighborhood stability and revitalization. More information about UA House can be found below.

The Corporate Community Impact Award is part of ESPN’s annual Sports Humanitarian Awards to celebrate and honor leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that are using the power of sport to inspire social good. To learn more about the Sports Humanitarian Awards, please reference this link.

  • Tomorrow night, the winners of the Sports Humanitarian Awards will be announced at ESPN’s award show held at L.A. LIVE’s The Novo. All finalists will receive a $25,000 grant for a charity of their choice and the winner of the Corporate Community Impact Award will be able to direct a $100,000 grant through ESPN to a designated charity.
  • On the evening of July 25, the hour-long award show will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Additional Under Armour Updates

Under Armour has hired Patrik Frisk as its new President and COO. From a press release:

As President and COO of Under Armour, Mr. Frisk will have responsibility for the company’s go-to-market strategy and the successful execution of its long-term growth plan. He will report directly to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Plank. The following executives will report to Mr. Frisk: Charlie Maurath, Chief Revenue Officer; Kevin Eskridge, Chief Product Officer; Andy Donkin, Chief Marketing Officer; Colin Browne, Chief Supply Chain officer; and, Kevin Haley, President of Strategy.

“Patrik’s global experience in brand building, including a proven and disciplined record of driving growth, while enhancing profitability and efficiency, will be instrumental as we work to transform our business model to deliver long-term value for our consumers, customers and shareholders,” said Plank. “The opportunity to leverage our strengths – innovative product, brand strength, premium sports marketing assets and unparalleled consumer connections – within an increasingly more digital ecosystem has never been greater.”

Mr. Frisk has nearly 30 years’ experience in the apparel, footwear and retail industry. Most recently, he was CEO of The ALDO Group, a global footwear and accessories company. Previous to that, he spent 10 years with VF Corporation where he served as the Coalition President of Outdoor Americas with responsibility for The North Face®, Timberland®, JanSport®, lucy® and SmartWool® brands. Before that, he was President of the Timberland® brand and prior to that, was President of Outdoor & Action Sports (EMEA) where he had responsibility for The North Face®, Vans®, JanSport® and Reef® brands. Previous to that, he was Vice President and General Manager of The North Face®. Before VF Corporation, he ran his own retail business in Scandinavia and held senior positions with Peak Performance and W.L. Gore & Associates.

Under Armour has also signed Josh Jackson, who was just selected at Pick #4 in the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns.

South Baltimore Contractor to Build Guinness Brewery

Carroll-Camden’s Plano-Coudon has been selected by Diageo Beer Co. USA to build the new $50-million Guinness Brewery in Relay in South Baltimore County. From Baltimore Business Journal:

Plano-Coudon was formed in 1999 by two former Virginia Tech engineering students, Brett Plano and Ryan Coudon. In a statement Tuesday, Ryan Coudon said the company had aggressively pursued the Guinness job over the past few months.

“I literally drive past that site on my way to and from work every day. I did not want to drive past another contractor’s sign every day while this facility was built,” Ryan Coudon said.

The new brewery is expected to open next summer and is expected to create 70 jobs.

Rendering Courtesy of Diageo USA

Betamore Opens at City Garage

Betamore has opened its new 8,000 sq. ft. facility in the Main Street Area of City Garage. From

Betamore, the award-winning co-working space and entrepreneurial incubator, has opened a new, 8,000-square-foot location at City Garage in Port Covington nearly double the size of its original Federal Hill location. Local entrepreneurs will have the option to hold memberships at either location or opt for a joint membership which provides access to both sites. Betamore’s expansion into City Garage is part of its broader push to increase its educational programming and workforce development efforts.

Sagamore Ventures first partnered with Betamore in October of 2015 to co-host Betamore’s annual celebration of innovators in Baltimore, Beta City, in conjunction with the opening of City Garage. Since then, both groups have been exploring ways to collaborate.

“The addition of Betamore to City Garage brings an exciting complement to the trade-skills training currently offered at The Foundery,” said Demian Costa, Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures. “Being able to learn welding and coding under one roof gives us the capability to prepare our local workforce to participate in the jobs of the future.”

Since opening at City Garage, Betamore has attracted 20 new members, representing seven startups. To learn more about Betamore, visit

The open Main Street area, which was previously used for events, will still have space for 150-person events.

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