Sarah White, a long-time resident of Baltimore City, has called Station North home since 2004. Sarah moved into a rowhouse in Greenmount West while taking nursing classes at the Johns Hopkins University. Full of students from both Hopkins and Maryland Institute College of Art, young professionals, artists and even some clergy, this segment of Station North is very reminiscent of the district's eclectic vibe. Even with her background in the medical sciences, Sarah enjoys the "sometimes overwhelming artsy atmosphere" that makes the community so unique.
"People often assume I'm some type of artist when I say that I live in the Station North area ," Sarah admits, "but I find that there's something for everyone here. You don't have to be an artist to fit into the community." A desire to be closer to friends in nearby Mt Vernon and Charles Village strongly factored into her decision to move to Station North. Sarah lists the 'Baltimore Do-Gooders' organization as one of her favorite ways to get to know people in her own neighborhood and across the city.
Eat and Drink
Sarah isn't shy about giving local pizza joint, Joe Squared a glowing review. "I find that there's a genuinely laid back atmosphere no matter what day you go. It's the type of place you can enjoy with a group of friends or by yourself. I try to hang out at Joe at least once a week." Eating a calzone in Joe's outdoor dining space is one of her favorite ways to unwind on a Friday evening.
Sarah also frequents Caribbean Paradise. "My favorite part of Caribbean Paradise has to be their drink selection. I love the Jamaican grapefruit soda!"
While not a full-fledged vegan, Sarah also praises the popular Vegan restaurant, The Yabba Pot. "Chef Skai has an awesome class about how to prepare vegan meals. I heard that whenever India Arie comes to Baltimore for a concert she requests a meal from the Yabba Pot. It's a great place to go when you need an alternative to greasy fast food. Their smoothies are delicious too."
The Station North Flea Market has quickly become one of Sarah's favorite places to shop in Baltimore. "I've accumulated way too many things from flea market shopping," she confesses. "Vintage phones, soap, furniture for all rooms in the house, clothes, music…it's just one of those awesome Station North things that most people in the neighborhood try to support. When they say 'everything and the kitchen sink', they're not joking."
The flea market takes place on the first Saturday of the month and usually runs through the fall.
Sarah hopes that as the neighborhood continues to grow, more local stores will sprout up. "Right now, the music and theater thing is what our community is really known for, but I'm sure that sometime down the road there will be all kinds of artsy stores to complement the live performing arts scene."