South Baltimore Business Roundup

| October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

EarthShake Closes in Locust Point 

Smoothie, juice, and all-natural bowls bar EarthShake closed at 1442 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point. EarthShake opened this location in June of this year. It was previously open at a different location in Locust Point in 2016.

The storefront was formerly an ice cream shop and deli before becoming EarthShake, but has been vacant in recent years. The entire building was also renovated in recent years.

New LED Signs at The Baltimore Sun 

The Baltimore Sun has added new color-changing LED signs to the top of its Sun Park building in Port Covington. Facing north and viewed from I-95 is a sign that reads “” and facing the south is a sign that reads “BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA.”

Fleet Pride Leaving Brooklyn

Fleet Pride is leaving its location in Brooklyn at 3530 S. Hanover St. after 11 years. It will relocate to a new location in Baltimore County. The 12,5000 sq. ft. building on .37 acres is for sale with Gold and Company for $750,000.

Jim Chivers of Gold and Company said, “the property offers drive-in access with a fenced-in storage lot and warehouse/showroom. It is ideal for a contractor or industrial services looking to own their own building with access to all the main interstates.”

The building has visibility from Rt. 2 and I-895.

Masonville Cove Wins Environmental Award

Brooklyn’s Masonville Cove won an environmental award. From The Maryland Port Administration press release:

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has honored the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) for its 10-year stewardship of community education and outreach programs at Masonville Cove, the urban wildlife habitat area along the banks of the Patapsco River. An MDOT MPA entry, “Masonville Cove: A Decade of Dedication,” was recognized with an Award of Distinction in the Stakeholder Awareness, Education & Involvement category in the 2019 AAPA Environmental Improvement Awards. The award will be presented next month at the AAPA convention in Norfolk, Va.

“This is wonderful news for all of the parties involved in this project,” said Kristen Fidler, MDOT MPA director of harbor development. “In addition to its role as a dredge material site for channel sediment, Masonville Cove has been an important environmental asset, with features and programs that continue to be utilized by local communities.”

The award recognizes outreach and educational programming at Masonville Cove by MDOT MPA and its partners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Aquarium and the Living Classrooms Foundation. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, which serves as a gateway to environmental education opportunities on the campus.

Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis Film at Nick’s Fish House

Nick’s Fish House in Port Covington had some high-profile visitors as Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis filmed a segment of Manning’s ESPN+ show, “Peyton’s Places,” at the restaurant. Lewis showed Manning how to pick crabs.


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Hamilton Bank Now Orrstown Bank

Hamilton Bank, which has a location at 788 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown, is now Orrstown Bank after a merger of the two companies. Orrstown is based in Shippensburg, PA and has been around for 100 years.

Littlepage’s Closing on W. Baltimore St. 

Littlepage’s Furniture, which has made its home on W. Baltimore St. for 125 years, is closing. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The fourth-generation, family-owned business has been selling furniture in West Baltimore since 1893 but has now embarked on a liquidation sale. The store at 1317 W. Baltimore St. will close once all the inventory is gone, which is estimated to take about three months, said Sarah Littlepage, who runs the store with her brother, David.

“Today is the beginning of the end,” she said. “We like to say that we had a good run.”

Like many family-owned businesses in Baltimore, Littlepage’s has felt the pressure from online sales and business has declined, Littlepage said. Everyone who currently works at Littlepage’s is past retirement age and no one from the next generation is interested in taking on the business. The area along West Baltimore Street has also declined in recent years, she added.

Also in the article:

Southwest Partnership Inc., a nonprofit coalition consisting of neighborhood associations and anchor institutions in southwest Baltimore, bought the building in March for $400,000, property records show.

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