Rec Pier Chop House pays homage to Baltimore at every turn—it is, after all, in the building that once welcomed immigrants seeking the American dream. The soaring entry hall later hosted pickup youth basketball and social dances, and finally the iconic 1914 building played a police station on TV in …Read More »
Natasha Brown Wainwright and Ginny Marks each credit some kind of divine intervention for their launch into sweet start-ups. For Wainwright, it was a call out of the blue from a QVC broker with an invitation to showcase her Natasha’s Just Brittle on the home shopping station. “It was a …Read More »
WATER PARK The 30,000-square-foot Sandlot is designed to feel like a mid-century national park, complete with a vintage Airstream trailer serving up ice cream treats and frosty beverages. But the sand-filled space, jutting into the harbor from the new Harbor Point development, has decidedly modern touches. The site, developed by …Read More »
Any restaurant opening is a big deal: a hopeful, creative and occasionally chaotic attempt to invent a place that nourishes the community. But the stakes feel higher for the team behind the Light House Bistro, the newest arrival to Annapolis’ downtown dining scene. The launch of the 50-seat eatery at …Read More »
Wheel Deal With improved infrastructure, an increase in protected bike lanes and the proliferation of groups like Bike Maryland and Bikemore, Baltimore is becoming a safer and more inviting city for cyclists. That’s good news for all of us, of course—but especially for Marla Streb, a world-champion mountain biker and …Read More »
As a single 20-something, Steve Roop worked with investor partners to open his dream bar in Canton. Portside Tavern, which opened in 2002 is, according to Roop, the neighborhood’s version of Cheers. “I’d be shocked if I didn’t know everyone in here,” he says. Now 41, with a kid at …Read More »
Booze Crews When it comes to creative marketing, these area alcohol entrepreneurs know how to party with a purpose.
Boordy Vineyards reposes on a pastoral corner of northeast Baltimore County—barely 15 minutes beyond the Beltway but a world away in terms of bucolic charm. Rows of vines arc gracefully over the undulating lands, sweeping down to a series of trim green-and-white outbuildings clustered around a 19th-century stone barn. Visit …Read More »
Single Malt Duo Highlandtown’s Old Line Spirits is the newest jewel in Maryland’s craft-distilling crown.
Quick, what do the Scottish Highlands and Highlandtown have in common? No, an artisanal haggis eatery hasn’t opened on East Pratt. But a single malt distillery has: Old Line Spirits, the latest addition to the state’s bourgeoning craft-distilling scene. It was launched in February within a 25,000-square-foot industrial building at …Read More »
Butchers Hill Society was named to underscore owner Malcolm Mitchell’s hope that it becomes a go-to for the neighborhood, a kind of secret society supper club. A tiny commissary in the basement level opens at 7 a.m. and sells breakfast items, grab-and-go sandwiches and charcuterie as well as wine, craft …Read More »
BUCK-A-SHUCKS PLUS Patience paid off for Hampden’s oyster lovers when Dylan Salmon finally opened in December. After inaugurating his friend Phil Han’s pop-up in Mt. Vernon (in the space that is now Sugarvale) back in 2014 to accolades, Salmon set about to find a permanent home and soon scored a …Read More »