Waverly Main Street has hired a local urban design firm to create a new master plan for the area that includes streetscape improvements, a new slogan and the redevelopment of several buildings. Leaders want the area to be known as a place to shop and dine — and not just the Saturday farmers' market.
Store owners know how tough it is to beat the chains that undercut them. But one Baltimore area bike retailer has come out on top since it opened 35 years ago. Race Pace Bicycles now operates five stores and brings in between $8 million and $10 million in sales.
Danielle DiFerdinando's purses are sold at top department stores and have received Oprah Winfrey's endorsement. The Maryland native talks about her rise in the fashion industry and her new purse line.
Daniel Wylie, owner of men's clothier Sixteen Tons, talks about the challenges of running a small business in this video by Shine Creative.
We check in on Kasey and Kelly Evick, who own Baltimore soap and bath products company Biggs & Featherbelle. They moved their business into larger digs this month and are now making money after landing deals with Whole Foods, Wegmans and other stores.
Relay Foods, Friends& Farms, Hometown Harvest and Baltimore's Green Grocer promise local food delivered to your doorstep or at fixed locations. Can they win over the buy-local crowd?
Many of the city's retail projects that stalled during the recession are now moving forward, says Morris Ritchie & Associates Architect Gary Getz. New shops have opened at Harbor East and Locust Point, while others are on the way in Canton and Remington.
The American Craft Council Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 22-24. Check out hand-made jewelry, furniture, clothing and home decor.
Issue Media Group, the parent company of BmoreMedia, has launched a new weekly online magazine that covers innovation, development and job growth in the nation's capital. Elevation DC's first newsletter debuts Jan. 15.
The Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood has become a dining destination with restaurants like Clementine. But the local Main Street group wants the area to be known for its shopping as well. So it's renovating an old fire station that it will use as an incubator to support budding shop owners.
The owners of some of your favorite lunch spots and bakeries started out as vendors at area farmers markets, where they learned invaluable lessons about customer service and marketing. Find out how these entrepreneurs made the transition from the markets to standalone retail operations.
You might know Hilary Phelps as the sister who cheered on her decorated brother at the London Olympics. But she is also the creator of an interactive website, Genuine Joy, which explores food, fashion, fitness and culture. Phelps talks about the inspiration for the site and her plans to expand it.
BmoreMedia Managing Photographer Steve Ruark has been a skateboarding enthusiast since the age of nine, when his uncle Ron Campbell bought him a Nash toy board. So taking pics of skateboarders seemed like a perfect fit for his latest photo essay.
Suburban life isn't all parking spots and Target stores. Good sandwich shops, ice cream parlors and an, ahem, independent cafe are some of the things suburbanites seek.
Recently grabbing the No. 6 spot on a national ranking of top chocolate makers, Glarus Chocolatier relies on Swiss techniques to make the confections. See what has made the husband-and-wife duo a sweet success.
Fluid Movement, a Baltimore theater group known for performing water ballets, has told the story of Baltimore's retail history. This time, the actors are on skates. Bmore Media Managing Photographer Steve Ruark captured the quirky tale with his lens. Step back in time with this photo essay.
Speakers from around the country are coming to the Hilton Baltimore to discuss best practices for sustaining arts and entertainment districts. Learn how neighborhoods are investing in innovation and using the arts to revitalize their areas.
When it opened more than 30 years ago, Harborplace was hailed as a watershed urban redevelopment project. Over time, the downtown city mall had started showing its age. Now it's turning another corner with new tenants opening this summer and plans to breathe more life onto Light Street.
Tracie and Cliff Spriggs moved into a new space in Randallstown this month to grow their catering business and rent out commercial kitchen space to aspiring chefs. Icedgems and Mallow Crunchies are some of Honey Biscuits' clients.
Jennifer Buerger is a mother of two, a psychotherapist and an entrepreneur who sells smoothies blended with Icelandic-style skyr. Don't know what is skyr? You will soon as Wegmans Food Markets just agreed to sell the product in its mid-Atlantic stores.
The popular Food Network host is coming to the Hunt Valley Wegmans to promote her new cookbook "Weeknights With Giada," which highlights simple and quick recipes. How do you say "get there early to find a parking spot" in Italian?
After struggling to find a job during the recession, Marta Ines Quintana was forced to switch gears. She parlayed her culinary and marketing skills to form a food business that draws on her family's Cuban heritage. She started a prepared food business and opened a Towson cafe. Next on her agenda: a TV cooking show.
Nikki Lewis drew on her childhood love of sticky marshmallow treats to found Mallow Munchies. Last month, she opened a Baltimore County cafe selling the Rice Krispies Treats and recently snagged a deal to sell the dessert in Whole Foods.
Sushi, wine-making and a contemporary bed and breakfast -- in Little Italy? They are among the new businesses calling the neighborhood home as more young people move to the area and more dollars flow into nearby Harbor East.
Step out to see see the 36th annual American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. Billing itself as the largest juried craft show, the convention showcases jewelry, ceramics, furniture and home decor.
A handful of women entrepreneurs have opened trendy fashion boutiques in Baltimore within the past year. By keeping prices and expenses low, using social media to promote the stores and staying ahead of the fashion curve, they hope to hang on by more than a thread as they ride out the bumpy economy.
Consumers’ demand for artisanal, local products has led many beer lovers to turn their hobbies into new ventures. Several new breweries and beer-themed restaurants are in the works for Greater Baltimore as craft brew makers savor an uptick in sales.
After a dearth of new restaurant openings during the last two years, Baltimore witnessed a restaurant revival in 2011 as investors were once again hungry for new ventures. The owners of several new contemporary bistros, a Hollywood actor and a celebrity chef bet big on Charm City just in the last six months.
Meet Josh and Kara Levinson, the owners of Charm City Run. The running shop is growing at a time when many retailers are struggling. The Levinsons operate four stores and are preparing to open their first Baltimore City location this spring. What is the Levinsons' formula for entrepreneurial success? Read on to find out.
To speak of a neighborhood's "growth" or "renaissance" is usually to speak of that which is new, that which is emerging and upcoming. It's just as important, however, to remember the stalwarts. Those who kept their heads down through the madness, through good times and bad. Like, for example, Hippodrome Hatters.
Back in April we brought you the story of what's happening on the East Monument "Main Street," one of Baltimore's less heralded commercial strips. Today, in partnership with WYPR's The Signal
, we present a companion piece: an audio feature that allows you to hear directly from some of the folks featured in the original article as they discuss their life and business.