South Baltimore Business Roundup

| January 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

STX Partners with Premier Lacrosse League 

Professional lacrosse player, Baltimore resident, and Johns Hopkins graduate Paul Rabil announced the formation of Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) last year. He co-founded the league that will host games in different cities each weekend starting in June with his brother Michael Rabil.

Last week, PLL announced a partnership with South Baltimore’s STX. From the press release:

“STX has been an industry leader and innovator since the very first synthetic head in 1970, and we’re excited to partner with such a forward thinking company,” adds Michael Rabil, CEO and Co-Founder of the PLL. “STX shares in our vision of a player-driven league and we look forward to building the future together.”

The partnership will showcase STX sponsored athletes — a list that includes such stars as Kyle Harrison, Marcus Holman and Will Manny — competing with their STX equipment during the PLL’s inaugural season. Additionally, STX will launch interactive experiences on site at PLL game weekends, allowing fans of all ages to engage with STX’s innovative products and PLL’s world-class athletes.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Premier Lacrosse League and provide the opportunity for the top players in the game to compete in our equipment,” explains Ed Saunders, VP of Sales and Marketing for STX. “The PLL is providing players an opportunity to pursue lacrosse in a full time capacity like never before, and we’re excited to join that movement.”

CIAA Basketball Tournament Coming To Baltimore 

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s first African American athletic conference, has selected Baltimore as the official site of the 2021-2023 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. The tournament will take place at Royal Farms Arena and is projected to attract 150,000 visitors to Baltimore. The tournament has been held in Charlotte for the past 13 years and will remain in the city for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments.

“This is an exciting time for the CIAA as we have an opportunity to bring the basketball tournament to a new market, moving it closer to many of our northern institutions who have traveled to Charlotte for more than a decade,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams in a press release. “We are incredibly thankful for our partnership between the CIAA, the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). Charlotte is still our home, we are still headquartered here. We have built life-long friendships with our partners and the community that goes beyond the tournament. We plan to continue this great relationship.”

“We are honored to have been chosen as the host city for the CIAA’s 2021-2023 tournaments. We are thrilled that the CIAA organization has recognized what we all know very well – Baltimore is a city of unsurpassed hospitality and civic and cultural amenities that make it a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors annually,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming the CIAA, its players and many fans, and to hosting these major tournaments in a way that demonstrates what a truly great city we are, and what a great decision this will be for all.”

Also included in the event will be Education Day, the Career Expo, and Toyota Fan Fest at The Baltimore Convention Center.

Healing Path Closes Federal Hill Location 

Massage and skin care center The Healing Path closed its Federal Hill location at 1202 S. Charles St. The Healing Path still has a location at 1819 Thames St. in Fells Point.

Irregular Exposure Showroom Relocates to Los Angeles 

Irregular Exposure Showroom announced late last year that it would be closing its Baltimore boutique at 910 S. Charles St. and opening a new boutique in Los Angeles, California. The business also has an online store.

Irregular Exposure’s former Baltimore retail space had a ‘for rent’ sign in the window in recent weeks.

Dope Beauty Bar Opens

Dope Beauty Bar opened at 1459 Light St. in Federal Hill. The space was formerly the home of Hack|Stone Film Group, which relocated to Power Plant Live.

Dope Beauty Bar is owned by Sunny Lee and offers Indian virgin hair extensions and mink eyelash extensions.

Rev Cycle Studio to Host Five-Year Anniversary Bash 

McHenry Row’s REV Cycle Studio is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a Brunch Bash on Saturday, January 26th from 9am to 1pm at City Garage in Port Covington. The event will offer three 45-minute classes using 100 bikes followed by a brunch buffet, a bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, Plantbar juices, a live DJ, limited edition apparel, and more.

The Therapy Stop Opens in Federal Hill

The Therapy Stop opened in a suite at 10 W. West St. in Federal Hill. The Therapy Stop offers full pediatric services from birth to 21-years-old and mental health services for patients starting at the age of four. The Therapy Stop offers day, evening, and weekend appointments. The business was started by Julia Mitchell BSW, MSW, LCSW-C and Odun Olalere, CRNP, MPH, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Kinderhealth, LLC.

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