South Baltimore Business Roundup

| October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Otto Turkish Cuisine Closes

Otto Turkish Cuisine at 1043 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill has closed. Otto opened last spring and was subleasing the space from Grano Pasta Bar, which closed in January.

A ‘For Lease’ sign is currently hanging on the door.

The Bridal Suite Closes Federal Hill Location 

The Bridal Suite has closed its boutique at 1126 S. Charles St., however it still offers bridal services and its Farrah Covington Bridal line, according to its website. Its former retail space has a ‘For Lease’ sign in the window.

Aww Baby Organics Opens Second Location  

Federal Hill’s Aww Baby Organics has opened a second store at Historic Savage Mill in Howard County.

Magma Build Studios Leaves City Garage

Magma Build Studios has relocated from City Garage to a new space in Station North. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The company, which specializes in making appliances and furniture out of glass, metal and wood, plans to complete the move into a renovated 11,000-square-foot space at 325 E. Oliver St. by the end of the week.

Magma Build Studios plans to maintain a presence at Sagamore Ventures’ City Garage in Port Covington. The company will still do most of its glass-blowing at the Foundery, a maker space inside City Garage. There, Magma Build’s artists will host classes and demonstrations.

The new Station North facility will hold a small showroom where customers can see some of Magma Build’s creations, and the rest of the space will hold its wood and metal production. Some of Magma Build’s creations include glass sinks and faucets, blown glass decorations and tables and chairs made out of reclaimed wood.

Magma’s former space will be the new home of a 10,000 sq. ft. medical manufacturing facility called The Factory and The LaunchPort.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Gets Top Rating

ReviewTrackers has named Oriole Park at Camden Yards the best MLB ballpark by fan sentiment. Its overall #1 ranking came from receiving the #1 Facility ranking, #6 Family ranking, #6 Fan Experience ranking, and #7 Food and Drink ranking.

M&T Bank Stadium in the Running for the World Cup

Canada, Mexico, and United States are bidding on the 2026 World Cup and M&T Bank Stadium has made the bid’s final 32 for cities that could host soccer matches. From The Baltimore Sun:

The official united bid for the tournament, due to FIFA by March 16, will have 20 to 25 stadiums. At least 12 locations could ultimately host games.

“Today’s announcement is great news for Baltimore and Maryland, for M&T Bank Stadium, and for soccer fans across the region, like myself,” Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford said in a statement.

“We look forward to the next phase of the process and our expanded relationship with the United Bid Committee.”

Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, also said the following in the article:

“As we move to the next stage of the bid process, we’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup in history and help accelerate the growth of soccer across North America and around the world,” United Bid Committee chairman and United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before.

Light City Artists Selected

Artists have been selected for Light City’s Neighborhood Lights 2018. The following resident artists were selected for the South Baltimore neighborhoods:

FutureMakers (Resident Artists: Federal Hill)

FutureMakers is a team of maker education coaches – artists, engineers, and educators that bring maker education workshops, experiences with creative technologies, and intensive explorations of tools and materials to communities that are curious about innovation. Since 2012, they have been creating events and experiences that engage participants in design thinking, community building and maker skills coaching, using a rich array of traditional materials, real tools and cutting edge creative technologies.

Maura Dwyer of Spectrum Studio (Resident Artist: Baybrook (Brooklyn and Curtis Bay) and Remington)

Maura Dwyer is an interdisciplinary artist from Baltimore currently working on ways to contribute to community and awareness-driven art practices. In her professional work, she partners with artists, schools, non-profits and small businesses to create murals and teach workshops. She finds the most joy in working on original content that speaks to a collective experience that may be under-told, whether a live performance, a short film, mural or illustration.

MANIFOLD design (Resident Artists: Pigtown)

Karen Lemmert and David Naill are cofounders of the art/architecture studio, MANIFOLD design. Lemmert received her Masters of Architecture from Cranbrook Art Academy and participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial.  David Naill earned a Master’s degree (AAD) from Columbia University and received the Lowenfish Prize.  Lemmert & Naill’s prior architectural projects include the Visionary Art Museum Think Tank, the MTV Detroit Offices, and MICA’s Brown Center. As MANIFOLD design, projects include the Greenwood Reforestation project, Narduli’s FSK Bridge Artwork project, the MANalive Urban Orchard, West Baltimore’s Positive Youth Center, BDC’s 40 facade project, Artist Valerie Maynard’s Studio & EHDC Small Business Incubator.

Malaika Aminata Clements (Resident Artist: Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore)

Malaika Aminata Clements is a freelance life experiencer whose ultimate purpose is to promote self-acceptance and understanding through creative expression. In 2013 she graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in print journalism, and has since worked on a number of different projects that use the mediums of writing, videography, photography, music, dance and theatre to share stories that are often ignored. Through OurNature, a creative catalyst co-founded by Malaika in 2010, Malaika aims to build community by creating spaces where genuine human interaction can take place.

Recording Artist A$AP Rocky Signs with Under Armour

Under Armour announced a partnership with recording artist A$AP Rocky in the following press release:

Global Recording Artist A$AP Rocky today announces a multifaceted strategic partnership with Under Armour (NYSE: UA, UAA), a leading global performance and sportswear apparel and footwear brand. A shared desire to positively impact the lives of youths in underserved communities is bringing Rocky and Under Armour together to build a series of philanthropic community-based programs and to develop new products. The upcoming collection will be housed by Under Armour Sportswear, an elevated lifestyle product initiative from Under Armour.

In addition, joint efforts will include updating existing and rolling out new community centers in neighborhoods where students and their families can go to express their creativity through art, fashion, beauty, music and sport. Partnership efforts will initially focus on centers in Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York and feature consistent programming led by experienced instructors, including Rocky himself as a participant.

“I wanted more than a collaboration partner,’’ said Rocky. “The only way to achieve this is with someone who is likeminded. The Under Armour team, and especially CEO and Founder Kevin Plank, has a shared vision, enthusiasm, and desire to do the same. I grew up in Harlem, and had limited resources to channel my inner-creativity, so I spent too much time on the streets when I should have been more productive. I now have the ability to create a better situation for today’s kids so they can go from school to a safe place to create without boundaries. Under Armour was the company that was most excited about my idea to turn sportswear products on their head while bettering kids’ lives.”

“Our relationship with Rocky is a first for Under Armour; he is one of the most influential style leaders working off field in the world today and we respect his pure creative expertise and passion for culture and community,” said Todd Montesano, SVP of Global Entertainment and Partnerships. “We believe Rocky will undoubtedly provide an impact across our business and it is our intent to empower him and his numerous talents to explore new product avenues. Furthering our unique and truly first-of-its-kind partnership together, we’ll prioritize giving back in disadvantaged communities, particularly with the youth of America.”

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