South Baltimore Business Roundup

| February 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Salon Opens at Former Ronnie’s Sub Shop

Dandelion Salon & Oil Bar has opened at the former Ronnie’s Sub Shop at 1 W. Barney St. in South Baltimore. Dandelion offers hair cuts, color, and hair removal, as well as aromatherapy.

The building’s owner, Iconic Builders, renovated the building and added a three-bedroom apartment on the second and third floor. Iconic Builders was marketing the space for another restaurant or carryout business before leasing to Dandelion.

Iconic Builders Managing Partner Josh Reznick told his company is “still evaluating the best options” for the beer and wine license that was at Ronnie’s.

LP Steamers Undergoing First-Floor Renovation

Locust Point seafood restaurant Locust Point (LP) Steamers is currently renovating and changing the layout of its first floor. LP Steamers has been closed since February 15th, but hopes to reopen this week.

The Baltimore Sun’s Printing Press Shuts Down in Port Covington 

Earlier this month, Baltimore Sun Media shut down its large printing press at Sun Park in Port Covington. The Baltimore Sun and its affiliate newspapers are now being printed by The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Sun Park property is owned by The Port Covington Development team. The Port Covington Master Plan shows the eventual elimination of Sun Park, replacing it with an oval park called Founder’s Park as well as new buildings and blocks. According to tax records, Sun Park is a 256,033 sq. ft. building on 18.9 acres, which includes parking lots for its employees and trucks. The printing press takes up a large portion of the building.

The Baltimore Sun still has its newsroom at Sun Park.

The Port Covington Development Team has offered no comment on the future of the building now that the printing press has closed.

Longeviti Neuro Solutions Moving to Port Covington 

Longeviti Neuro Solutions is moving from Baltimore County to City Garage in Port Covington. From Baltimore Business Journal:

CEO Jesse Christopher said the Hunt Valley-based company — which makes implants used in neurosurgery — saw 70% annual growth during the pandemic and is expected to reach profitability sometime in the next year or so.

“The main reason for the move is to scale operations for demand,” Christopher said, noting an increase in international sales. “We need to make more product.”

Hollywood Brown Showcases Bamboo Moves Yoga

Marquis “Hollywood” Brown of the Baltimore Ravens hosted an episode of ‘Put You On’ by Whistle, titled ‘WR Hollywood Brown Shows Off The REAL Baltimore!’

One of Brown’s stops during the episode is BambooMoves Yoga in Locust Point. After taking a yoga class, Brown said, “I like coming to this yoga studio to relax.”

Brooklyn BP Becomes Crown Station

The former BP Gas Station at 101 W. Patapsco Ave in Brooklyn is now a Crown station. This is another change for this station that saw its McDonald’s close last year.

This is the third former BP station in South Baltimore to change brands in the past year. Last year the BP station at 2401 Hanover St. in Port Covington became a Carroll Fuel and the BP station at 2000 Haines St. in Carroll-Camden Industrial changed over to Crown.

Two Downtown Hotels Closing in March

Two Downtown hotels will close in March. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor and the Radisson Hotel Baltimore-Inner Harbor at Fayette and Baltimore streets will close on March 8 when a deal to sell the property goes through, said Tracy Lingo, staff director of Unite Here Local 7, which represents the hotels’ employees.

Future plans for the landmark properties are incomplete but officials of Unite Here said they were told during severance pay negotiations this winter that the hotel towers would be converted to condominium units after the sale. The hotel workers — who had worked for both properties — will receive an undetermined settlement for severance pay. A separate union, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37, represents a small group of maintenance workers at the site.

The Radisson hotel rooms have been closed throughout the pandemic. The Holiday Inn portion of the complex is currently open, Lingo said. She added that ongoing negotiations with current owner McSam Hotel Group highlighted plans to sell the properties at 101 W. Fayette St. and 105 W. Fayette St. to RGI Investments LLC for an undisclosed price.

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