Pediatric Dental Studio ‘Sparkling Charms’ Coming to Southside Marketplace

| January 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

Sparkling Charms Dental Studio will be opening at Suite 21 at the Southside Marketplace shopping center at 883 E. Fort Ave. in Riverside/Locust Point. Sparkling Charms is a pediatric dentistry center started by Dr. Irene Spates.

Dr. Spates grew up in New Jersey and did her pediatric dental residency at University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Downtown Baltimore. She has been working as an independent contractor in recent years while focusing on opening her own practice.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Spates would sit on the benches at Federal Hill Park and take in the “beautiful” views. She said those visits made a light go off and led her to realization “that this is where I want to be.”

Dr. Spates likes that South Baltimore is a growing area with families and no other pediatric dental practices. She also likes that Southside Marketplace has surface parking and good accessibility from the highways. She believes the shopping center’s stores will additionally provide a convenience for her clients.

Sparkling Charms committed to the 3, 206 sq. ft. retail suite about a year ago and construction started in January. The suite has been vacant for more than 12 years and was last a Popeye’s.

Sparkling Charms will have a corner with video games, televisions at the dental chairs, and rooms with themes such as the Ravens, Orioles, Inner Harbor, and Baltimore parks.

Services at Sparkling Charms will include cleanings, X-rays, cavity prevention, fillings, crowns, tongue-tied evaluations, and emergency care. 

Dr. Spates hopes to open Sparkling Charms in mid-April.

“Overall, I’m very excited. It feels like the right decision and the right move,” said Dr. Spates.

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