Retail Collective Featuring Little Miner Taco, FEEL GOOD Cafe, and an Art Gallery Coming to Pigtown

| March 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Washington, D.C.-based developer Mike Azimi has purchased 1009 W. Barre and 1011 W. Barre St. in Pigtown/Barre Circle and is planning a retail collective with Little Miner Taco, FEEL GOOD Cafe, and an art gallery selling Baltimore-made crafts. The one-story buildings, which total 6,751 sq. ft., were formerly the home of Total A-V Systems.

Azimi, who owns 27 homes in Pigtown and is redeveloping the former St. Paul Episcopal Church School at 859-861 Washington Blvd. into 30 market-rate apartments, said he was looking to bring amenities to his favorite Baltimore neighborhood.

“There are not a lot of eating options in Pigtown,” said Azimi, who added he wants to have a nice place to enjoy lunch when he’s in the neighborhood.

Little Miner Taco is owned by Mackenzie Kitburi, who is a longtime friend of Azimi’s, and Kathy Voss. Little Miner Taco makes its own tortillas and serves birria tacos which are served with a side of broth for dipping.

Azimi said Little Miner Taco has “blown up” in the past year and mentioned an appearance the business had on Good Morning America talking about its ‘kids-eat-free program,’ which will continue in Pigtown. Little Miner Taco now has more than 57,000 followers on Instagram.

Little Miner Taco has locations in North Bethesda and Brentwood and a food truck that has been coming to the Pigtown property every Wednesday for the last few months.

Kitburi and Voss will also run FEEL GOOD which will offer coffee, juices, salads, and sandwiches. FEEL GOOD and Little Miner Taco will share a seating area.

Azimi said there will potentially be a liquor license and he is looking into outdoor seating options.

The art gallery will be curated by Michael Haskins Jr. of Baltimore-based lifestyle brand CURRENCY STUDIO. It will sell Baltimore-made goods, men’s and women’s clothing, apparel, and furnishings. Most of of the goods at CURRENCY STUDIO are handprinted, hand painted, and designed in-house by Haskins and Erica Lee Page. CURRENCY STUDIO’s new collection TRE STALLION will launch this month. The art gallery will also have an events space.

Azimi said the project will deliver in phases and construction will take place over the next 12 months. He said the project does not have dedicated parking or a parking partnership at this point, but will likely start out by taking advantage of the available street parking.

He said the project will cost more than $1 million.

Azimi said he is in the final planning and permitting process for the St. Paul Episcopal Church School conversion. He said material costs are currently very high due to demand in the supply chain, and that he will wait to start construction until things come back down to normal. However, Azimi noted the retail on Barre St. is not as complex and there are different ways he can get creative to keep the costs down.

Azimi, who does all of his Baltimore investing in Pigtown, is encouraged by the progress in the neighborhood.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the surrounding area continue to develop and I’m trying to do my part,” he said.

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