Co-Op Bakery and Coffee Shop, Plus Apartments, Coming to Hollins Market

| November 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

A property that was once a bakery dating back to 1869 is coming back to life in Hollins Market. Developer Noble Baier and her development company CityWorks are renovating 46 and 48 S. Carrollton Ave. to become a bakery in addition to five apartments.

The property has been vacant in recent years. 46 S. Carrollton Ave., which was once three stories tall like 48 S. Carrollton Ave., was partially demolished and is currently only one story. Baier is rebuilding 46 S. Carrollton Ave. back to three stories as part of the $600,000-renovation project.

The apartments will each have two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The bakery will have an 1,800 sq. ft. first floor for the retail operation and a 1,600 sq. ft. basement with baking stations.

The bakery will be set up co-op style with multiple businesses baking out of the facility and selling products in the retail section. CityWorks is providing the baking equipment for the operators. There will also be a coffee program in the bakery.

“This makes it more feasible for more small businesses in the neighborhood,” said Baier.

She also said this will allow bakers to still keep their day job and run their business part time. She hopes the collection of operators will bring a variety of different people to Hollins Market for the first time.

Offerings at the bakery will likely include cupcakes, pastries, and bread. Baier’s daughter will be making gluten-free and dairy-free items for the bakery.

Baier said getting approved for five apartments on the upper floors made the project more feasible. She said it “took pressure off the commercial space” in terms of its profitability so that the space could serve more as a beneficial asset for the community. She is thankful for her construction loan from Spring Garden Lending Group, which is based in the neighborhood.

CityWorks’ main focus is on community development. Baier is a resident of the neighborhood and is passionate about seeing Hollins Market make a “comeback.”

Baier said Hollins Market is “going in the right direction,” and she hopes this investment will lead to additional investment in the community.

New businesses in Hollins Market include Juice Lab and Mulberry’s at Hollins in the newly-renovated Hollins Market building. CityWorks also partnered on renovating three homes on Hollins St. adjacent to Zella’s Pizzeria that were burned during a fire.

Baier is hopeful an upcoming Baltimore Public Markets Corporation Request for Proposals for the large Head House building in the Hollins Market will bring an anchor business to the community.

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