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It's not just nice to share. It's changing how we do business.

The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneur whose startups are monetizing everything from power tools to parking spots. And who knows, one of them could be the next Airbnb. 

From trash to treasure: Artists turn discarded items into sought-after art

The creative reuse economy has exploded in recent years, with more artists turning discarded items into fashionable new products. We take a look at how upcycling is taking shape in a number of cities, including Baltimore.

Developers find new uses for sacred spaces

Baltimore is dotted with beautiful, old churches. But not all are used to hold Sunday service. Many have been renovated on behalf of nonprofits and businesses that now use them to hold meetings and events.

Step OUT for a dinner and cruise in Fells Point

Waterfront Kitchen's dinner-and-cruise series returns this summer. The evening begins on a boat, with a tour along the Patapsco, followed by a four-course wine dinner.  

Slow and steady wins the race for Baltimore area bike retailer

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. 

Slideshow: Toast to the Drink Local Wine Conference in Baltimore

Savor this slideshow that captured the red and white wines featured at the Twitter Taste-Off last weekend at Camden Yards. It was the final event in the daylong Drink Local Wine Conference in Baltimore.

Investing in the environment pays off for Woodberry firm

Ecosystem Investment Partners raises money to restore and protect rural streams and wetlands. Developers and city agencies then buy credits from the company to fulfill federal environmental regulations. Learn more about this Baltimore company that is banking on the environment.

The local food movement is just a click away

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? 

Green office architect planning wind-generation deal

Architect and entrepreneur Stan Sersen has transformed a 1905 farmhouse on a former lumberyard into a modern office building called the Enviro Center. Now he is finalizing a wind-generation deal and an education initiative to teach environmental literacy to Maryland homeowners. 

Four growing companies to watch

They make games, sell "smart" gloves, provide weather information and supply green energy. Take a look at these four innovative companies to watch.

Local musician sings the praises of urban gardening

Singer Karissa LaRen wants to see more community gardens in Baltimore. So she has teamed up with a local nonprofit to plant community gardens at city schools, using the proceeds from her debut album to fund the effort.

Baltimore chefs put bay's bounty on the menu

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources connects chefs from Ryleigh's Oyster, Woodberry Kitchen and other restaurants to the local crab houses and oyster companies that supply their seafood. The goal is to get more chefs to put Maryland seafood on the menu. 

Step OUT: For Wind Powered Baltimore Week

Raise a glass at various networking events to support alternative energy as Clean Currents hosts Wind Powered Baltimore Week. 

Q&A: Re-Envisioning Rash Field

That stretch of land between the Maryland Science Center and Rusty Scupper could be used for more than playing volleyball games. Find out some of the ideas that Baltimore architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross has for redesigning Rash Field. 
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