Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Downtown Partnership: Getting Things Done


New Free Events in Downtown Parks and Plazas

Downtown Partnership will be hosting free events spring through fall in Preston Gardens, Hopkins Plaza and Center Plaza.


Enjoy concerts, yoga, poetry readings, dancing and more during lunch or after work.


Tuesday, April 26
Noon- 1 p.m.
Urban Gardening Workshop in Preston Gardens
This week: Growing herb gardens! Workshops taught by the Carrie Murray Nature Center


Tuesday, May 3
Noon- 1 p.m.
Poets in Preston with Wheely Good Smoothies
Readings by: Rafael Alvarez, Jenny Keith, Meg Tipper

Wednesday, May 4
5– 7 p.m.
Music in Center Plaza featuring Andrew Grimm & June Star. Free beer from Brewer's Art!

Thursday, May 5
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
First Thursday Concerts in Hopkins Plaza - MTA Corporate Karaoke

Sponsored by Baltimore Development Corporation, Manekin and PNC Bank.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Free Yoga Classes with Merritt Athletic Club in Preston Gardens


Click here for details on upcoming events! For the latest event information, follow us on Twitter @DTBaltEvents.



Spring Shopping Discounts!

Downtown retailers offer clothing and accessories from the fashion runways to the local artist’s studio, electronics, books, home decor, and unique and handcrafted gifts.


Shop in Downtown Baltimore this spring and take advantage of these offers from Downtown Partnership and participating stores.



Downtown Management Authority Updates

“Operation Check-In”
Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 25 Clean Sweep Ambassadors cleaned up areas around more than 20 Downtown hotels during its 6th annual “Operation Check-In" to provide a cleaner and aesthetically-pleasing environment for hotel guests.

During “Operation Check-In,” Clean Sweep Ambassadors conducted a major clean-up effort in a one-block radius in each direction of the hotel scheduled for service. The clean-up consisted of cigarette butt removal from pavement groves, power-washing of sidewalks, graffiti removal from poles and buildings, and other tasks to improve the appearance of areas  surrounding the targeted hotel before the summer tourism season begins.





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Bring the Kids Downtown for Spring Break

Enjoy warmer weather and keep busy during spring break with family-friendly events and activities at some of Downtown Baltimore's best museums and attractions. Click here for event listings.


Kids Love Downtown Baltimore Mom Ambassadors are real moms who are regular visitors to Downtown Baltimore. Reviews include Shrek at the Hippodrome by Maurissa from Canton and The Walters and B&O Railroad museum by Heidi from Federal Hill. Click here to read reviews by all of our Mom Ambassadors.


Interested in becoming a Mom Ambassador? Email nmcglynn@dpob.org.


First Operation: Storefront Tenant Opens

On Friday, April 22, the first in a series of tenants will open using an OPERATION: Storefront grant from Downtown Partnership. View multi-media work by local artists at a free opening reception at in\flux, 307 W. Baltimore Street, this Friday, April 22, 7-9 p.m.


Downtown Partnership has awarded OPERATION: Storefront grants of up to $10,000 to local budding entrepreneurs for costs associated with occupying currently unused space and operating that space, even if only on a temporary basis.



April Food Experience Giveaway: Win an Italian experience with La Scala and the BSO

Enter to win a Food Experience for 4- four $25 gift certificates along with bocce ball lessons on our indoor bocce court, and cooking lessons- both with Chef Nino! April's giveaway also includes two tickets to the BSO's Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony May 6- click here for information about the show.

How to Enter:

Enter by visiting DineDowntownBaltimore.com by tomorrow, April 20 and in the box in the top right corner sign up to receive monthly emails - you will be automatically entered to win.


If you already receive DineDowntownBaltimore.com emails, simply email promotions@dpob.org to be entered.


Click here for April's email featuring Easter and Administrative Professionals Day specials!


Members Can Post Events and Offers at GoDowntownBaltimore.com

If you are a member of Downtown Partnership, you can promote events and special offers on our web site GoDowntownBaltimore.com. For more information, please contact Kate McGraw at kmcgraw@dpob.org.



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Downtown Member, Development and Retail News

We compile the following information for the benefit of Downtown stakeholders and investors.  Any use or reprint of this information should be credited to Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.


For a downloadable pdf of the following information, click here.


Retail News


Now Open
Charm City Cantina is now open on a limited basis at 200 W. Pratt Street. The restaurant, which serves Mexican fare and margaritas, plans to serve patrons during most Orioles home games and large conventions and should be fully operational by mid-summer.

Gold Apple Watch & Jewelry Repair has opened at 16 E. Fayette Street. The shop sells jewelry items for men and women and also provides repair and cleaning services.

Hungry Andy’s is now open at 629 S. Broadway. The sandwich shop offers a variety of casual fare, including pit beef, wings, fried shrimp, and fried green banana chips.

Lenny’s Delicatessen is open for business in a new location - the Pratt Street Pavilion at Harborplace at 200 E. Pratt Street. The deli specializes in corned beef and also offers sandwiches and wraps, fried chicken, salads, and baked goods.

Nalley Fresh is now open at 120 E. Baltimore Street. The new eatery serves made-to-order sandwiches and salads along with soups, burritos, and frozen yogurt made from fresh, natural ingredients.

Novelty Haus has set up shop at 1036 Light Street in the back of Dangerously Delicious Pies. The shop is an extension of the owner’s art collaborative and offers an eclectic mix of books, toys, apparel, records, and more.

Race Pace Bicycles is now open at 1410 Key Highway. The new store sells a wide variety of bicycles and biking-related accessories and products.

Sterling’s Crab and Oyster House has opened a second location in Lexington Market at 400 W. Lexington Street. The eatery, originally located in Remington, is famous for its mixed-seafood sandwiches and spicy fish cakes.

Sweet Bakery has opened for business in its new location at 239 W. Read Street. The bakery and café, formerly of Ellicott City, offers an assortment of baked goods from croissants and scones to cookies and pies as well as custom cake decorating services for weddings and other special events.

Coming Soon 

Charm City Wings and Waffles will be opening at 803 Washington Boulevard this spring. The new space is a second location for the restaurant, which currently operates in East Baltimore.

Cuban Revolution will open next April at 855 N. Wolfe Street in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. The restaurant serves Cuban fusions fare.

IT’SUGAR is coming this summer to the Pratt Street Pavilion at Harborplace at 200 E. Pratt Street. The new store will sell candy and candy-related apparel, accessories, and gifts.

Juste-B, an organic nail salon, will be opening at 1624 E. Fort Avenue in mid-May. The salon will offer manicures, pedicures, and soy-based waxes for both men and women, and all products used and sold will be made from natural ingredients.

Teavolve, a cafe and lounge currently located in Harbor East, is opening a second location at 855 N. Wolfe Street in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. The new space will be open next April.

Thousand Kabobs is coming soon to 218 N. Liberty Street. The new eatery will offer kabobs, falafel, salads, and more.


If you have available retail space for lease in Downtown or have recently signed a new retailer to your location, please contact Mackenzie Paull at mpaull@dpob.org.


Member News


Awards and Honors

Scott C. Scarfone, ASLA, founder of and principal at Oasis Design Group, a landscape architecture and urban design firm in Baltimore, has been appointed to serve a four-year term as a board member of the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board. The 10-member Board equally represents Maryland’s Carroll and Frederick counties and its members are appointed by the Carroll County Commissioners and the Frederick County Commissioners.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P. has been awarded the President’s Award by the Maryland chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The award thanks and honors organizations that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and inspire others to share in the mission of transforming the way buildings are designed, built and operated.



B&O American Brasserie has hired Thomas Dunklin as Executive Chef. Chef Thomas brings his New American style of cooking and a vibrant new perspective to the restaurant. Featured items on his new spring menu include slow-roasted pork belly, butter poached oysters, and a trio of house made sausages.


The Fitzgerald at the University of Baltimore, a housing project developed, built, and managed by The Bozzuto Group, is the first residential building in the Mid-Atlantic to install public electric vehicle charging stations. A “plug-in” ceremony took place at the building’s parking garage at 80 W. Oliver Street on March 31st to demonstrate and celebrate the new stations.


Through the end of May, the City of Baltimore is surveying residents to get your perspectives about the satisfaction with City services. City departments use survey results to help them deliver services more effectively. A diverse cross-section of approximately 1,800 randomly selected residents will complete a telephone survey, which is being conducted by the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center. If you are contacted to participate in the survey, please take the few minutes necessary to provide your honest opinions about how we’re doing in Baltimore. There’s a separate, online survey available too this year.

If you are a member of Downtown Partnership and would like information about your company and its events/promotions included in monthly emails, please contact Kate McGraw at kmcgraw@dpob.org.


Development News

City Center

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates voted on March 30th to allow the City to purchase the office building at 401 E. Fayette Street. Some City agencies, including the fire department and the information technology office, have been housed in rented space at that address for two decades. The City will spend $2.6 million on the 78,700 square foot building.

ManPower, a staffing firm, has leased 1,000 square feet of vacant space at the Shops at Harbor Park at 55 Market Place. The company plans to move 30-40 employees into the space by June of this year.

Northwestern Mutual, a life insurance firm, has signed a lease for 17,000 square feet on the 25th floor of the Harborplace Tower office building at 111 S. Calvert Street. The company plans to move about 70 employees to the new location by the fourth quarter of this year.
Cushman and Wakefield represented the tenant and CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord in this transaction.

Inner Harbor

Entertainment Cruises, which offers boat tours around the Inner Harbor, is making improvements to its fleet in preparation for the summer tourism season. The company has added a second 70-foot speedboat, the new Seadog VI, and has also replaced two old engines in the Spirit of Baltimore dinner cruise boat in order to improve fuel efficiency. The company hopes to double their business this year and serve over 42,000 passengers.

The Four Seasons Baltimore hotel is scheduled to open this November at 200 International Drive. The luxury hotel will feature a 13,000 square foot spa, waterfront ballrooms, two high-end restaurants, a pool bar and a lounge, among other amenities. The project, developed by H & S Properties Development Corporation, is expected to cost about $200 million in total.


Mt. Vernon

Parkway Hospitality Management LLC, a startup hospitality management company, has leased space at the office of event firm P.W. Feats at 3 E. Read Street. The space will house four employees.


Adjacent Neighborhoods

Governor Martin O’Malley announced that two new life sciences companies have signed leases for space in the John G. Rangos building at 855 N. Wolfe Street in the Johns Hopkins Science + Technology Park in East Baltimore. Personal Genome Diagnostics, a cancer diagnostics company, and Inostics, a German diagnostics company focused on cancer drug development, will help to bring the 300,000 square foot building to over 80% occupancy.

The Inn at the Black Olive is now open at 803 S. Caroline Street in Fell’s Point. The new building was constructed with environmentally-friendly design principles in mind and includes 12 guest suites and a gourmet food market called the Black Olive Agora.

Yerman Witman Gaines and Conklin Realty, LLC, the residential real estate division of The Strata Group, has taken occupancy of its new location at The Offices at McHenry Row in Locust Point. The 175,000 square foot office complex is part of the mixed-use McHenry Row project, currently under construction. Other tenants include Continental Title Group, a commercial and residential title entity that is also part of The Strata Group.



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