South Baltimore Business Roundup

| August 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

This South Baltimore Business Roundup is brought to you by Rhea Eyebrow Threading

Rhea Eyebrow Threading: 1020 Light Street

Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday: 11am – 5:30pm

Rhea Khadka opened Rhea Eyebrow Threading at 1020 Light Street (next to Maria D’s) in January 2017. The location was previously the home to Looks Beauty Brows Threading Salon. Rhea has been practicing threading and the art of Henna since high school. Before opening her own shop in Federal Hill, she worked at a Canton salon as a threading specialist. Rhea is thrilled to be operating her business in Federal Hill and sees it as a “great historical neighborhood with lots of foot traffic and friendly residents.”

Threading is an ancient Asian hair removal technique in which a thin cotton thread is twisted and rolled over the areas of extra hair removing the unwanted hair at the follicle level. It has been said that threading is a more precise (and often less painful) alternative to waxing and tweezing – especially for those with sensitive skin. Rhea offers threading of the eyebrows, Upper Lip, Chin, Side Burn, Forehead, Neck or all the above for a “full face package.” Rhea also offers Henna tattoo services and eyebrow tinting.

Rhea boasts competitive pricing with eyebrow threading and Henna Tattoo starting at just $10. She has also introduced a loyalty program for customers, student discounts and a special offer for NEW customers:

  • Buy TWO brow threadings and get your third FREE
  • Buy Three Henna Tattoos and get your Fourth FREE

No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are encouraged. Stop by Rhea Eyebrow Threading to meet Rhea and try this less painful, very affordable alternative to waxing and tweezing.

The Local Fry Opening a Second Location 

Federal Hill’s The Local Fry is opening a second restaurant at The Rotunda in Hampden. The Local Fry specializes in french fries with toppings, in addition to bahn mi sandwiches, chicken wings, and rice bowls. From The Baltimore Sun:

Irish (Co-owner Kevin Irish) said many of his customers in Federal Hill hail from North Baltimore, and he wanted to open a new restaurant closer to them. He hopes the new spot will draw from areas like Towson, too.

“We really wanted to be in that like Hampden/Charles Village area,” Irish said. “It’s right around the corner basically.”

Also from the article:

The new Local Fry will be smaller than the original Federal Hill eatery — about 1,200 square feet compared to about 2,000 square feet. Irish expects the Rotunda restaurant to seat 15 to 20 guests and do a lot of carry-out business.

The first Local Fry operates as a BYOB, and Irish said the Rotunda location will do the same if he can’t secure a liquor license.

Rye Street Tavern Job Fair 

Rye Street Tavern is hosting a job fair at 301 E. Cromwell St. on August 10th at 10am. Rye Street Tavern is the 13,000 sq. ft. restaurant and event space that will open at Sagamore Spirit in Port Covington. It is headed up by Chef Andrew Carmellini.

Sagamore Spirit opened its four-building rye whiskey distillery for production and tours this past spring.

Changes on the 1000 Block of S. Charles St.

Several changes are underway on the 1000 block of S. Charles St. in Federal Hill:

-Mark Cottman closed his art gallery at 1014 S. Charles St. on June 24th after seven years. Cottman told WJZ that he will produce art at his home and continue to participate in art shows, and is looking to get into standup comedy.

Video from WJZ:

-Millennium Plumbing has closed its office at 1055 S. Charles St. The company remains in business but no longer needs the Charles St. space, according to Federal Hill Main Street Executive Director Hillary Chester.

-Smitty’s Cut Rate Liquor Store at 1044 S. Charles St. is currently undergoing renovations, which will include a new facade. The business is working with the Baltimore Development Corporation on a Main Street Facade grant, according to Chester.

-Renovations are currently underway at Nobles Bar & Grill. These renovations include a new facade.

-Work is in process at 1007 and 1009 S. Charles St. on a project that will convert the current building into 10 apartments and 3,300 sq. ft. of retail space.

-The former retail space of Four Season Salon at 1039 S. Charles St. remains available for lease.

Many changes are expected at the adjacent 1100 block of S. Charles St. with the upcoming renovation of the Cross Street Market, as well as a new redevelopment plan for 1100 S. Charles St. from developer Mark Sapperstein.

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