Born in Philly and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, Amber Eisenmann moved to Baltimore after a year spent in a "pretty rural area" of New Hampshire. Now, in her fourteenth year, Amber says without equivocation that, "Abell Avenue, which in my opinion is the best street in the best neighborhood in the best city in America."
Where the air is sweet
"Several years ago I was walking down my street with a friend who lived in another neighborhood. First we encountered a skateboarding kid. We greeted each other by name. Then we walked past a neighbor playing guitar on his porch and stopped to chat for a while. Then we ran into my cousin, who lives two blocks away, walking her dog. To me it was a typical morning in Charles Village but my friend was impressed. He said, 'your neighborhood is like Sesame Street all grown up!'" Amber explains.
What makes Charles Village unique, she says, is that it has a very diverse community and its centrally located. "We have Hopkins on one side, Greenmount Avenue on the east and Guilford to the north. It's walkable and there are lots of trees."
Out in the Village
Amber says she loves going to the Waverly Farmers' market, running into friends and neighbors and "walking. I have a regular walking route."
"Punjab's market is a wonderful place to shop. The Waverly Market is a good source for food and entertainment. And, the annual spaghetti disco is a great event. Everyone dances, eats great food and has fun together," she continues.
The toughest part about eating out in Charles Village is choosing one restaurant from among the many excellent places in the neighborhood.
"We love to go to the Thai Restaurant on Greenmount [Avenue] and Donna's for dinner. Pete's Grill is great for breakfast and it is really a place where lots of different parts of Baltimore come together," she notes.