South Baltimore Business Roundup

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Federal Hill Natural Market Closing 

Federal Hill Natural Market is closing at 1205 Light St. after four years in business. The natural products store, which sells vitamins, healthcare products, teas, oils, and foods, is currently offering discounts on its remaining inventory.

Howard Street Tunnel Reconstruction Gets Funding 

A reconstruction of the Howard Street Tunnel is now fully funded after CSX and the State of Maryland have agreed to $103 million in additional funding for the $466-million project. The project will allow for the double stacking of CSX trains going to and from the Port of Baltimore. The Howard Street Tunnel runs under Downtown for 1.4 miles and reopens next to the Camden Yards Sports Complex.

The project received a $125-million federal grant this summer. CSX had previously committed to $91 million and the state to $147 million.

The Maryland Congressional Delegation said this is projected to create 7,000 jobs in Maryland.

A New Jamaican Restaurant in Brooklyn 

Straight JamDown Island Cuisine opened in recent months at 429 E. Patapsco Ave. in Brooklyn. It takes over a long-vacant retail space. The Jamaican menu features fried chicken, curry chicken, jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, red snapper, patties, and more.

Former Unleashed by Petco for Lease

Unleashed by Petco closed at 1100 Light St. in Federal Hill in November 2018 and now the 3,600 sq. ft. space is up for lease. A new ‘for lease’ sign was placed in the window by MFI Realty. The space sits at the prime corner of Light St. and E. Cross St. adjacent to Cross Street Market. The retail space shares a building with Dunkin’ Donuts.

New Murals Added to Hollins Market 

Phase 1 of improvements to Hollins Market has been underway since June. Improvements include new siding, trim, lighting, and fixtures to the exterior of the 14,000 sq. ft. shed. In recent weeks, three new murals were also added. The project was spearheaded by War Horse Cities CDC and was designed by design PI.KL Studio.

Baltimore Public Market Corporation (BPMC) will lead an interior renovation of the market. This is currently in the planning phase.

Kamala Harris to Close South Baltimore Campaign Office 

Senator Kamala Harris shut down her campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Senator Harris’ campaign headquarters was located at Spaces in Stadium Square in South Baltimore, but that office will now close.

Suspended Adds Thursday Hours 

Suspended Brewing Company has been open for a year and a half at 912 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown, but its tap room has been limited to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This month it added a fourth day to its lineup as the tap room is now open on Thursdays from 4pm to 9pm.

Diablo Doughnuts on Food & Beverage Magazine Cover

Michael Roslan, owner of Diablo Doughnuts in Federal Hill, appeared on the cover of the December issue of Food & Beverage Magazine. The magazine published a story on Diablo’s partnership with DuClaw Brewing Company on Sour Me Unicorn Farts beer.

Food & Beverage Magazine cover

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