October 2, 1999
As coffee bars continue to expand and show no sign of waning in popularity, for older Baltimoreans, the mention of Starbuck's or Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffee, for instance, must inevitably recall memories of the Smith Punch Base Coffee and Tea Co. and the C.D. Kenny Co., two former hallowed and cherished local purveyors of the heavenly bean.The C.D. Kenny Co. was founded by Rochester, N.Y., native C.D. Kenny, who arrived in Baltimore in 1872 and opened a coffee, tea and sugar store at Lexington and Greene streets.
June 23, 1995
Cinema Sundays at the Charles will resume this Sunday with a look at an amusing film by a well-known American independent. The screening, at 10:30 a.m., will be introduced by a Baltimore movie critic (who does not work for The Sun).The event marks the beginning of another three-film miniseries at the downtown art theater, with other showings set for July 9 and July 16.The series promises high-quality art house films weeks before their commercial release, although titles are never announced in advance.
August 8, 1993
If you've been craving the flavor of coffee grown on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii but just can't raise the plane fare, you'll be happy to know you can now satisfy your palate without leaving the county.A quick trip to "Coffee Coffee," a specialty shop in Bel Air that opened July 11 and sells more than 50 kinds of gourmet coffee from all over the world, will have your taste buds singing.Mary Romeo's motto -- "Life is too short to drink bad coffee" -- prompted her to open the shop, Bel Air's first, located in the Festival at Bel Air on Route 24."
December 10, 1994
GM again cuts production forecastGeneral Motors Corp., citing slow product launches and soft sales of luxury cars, slashed another 30,000 vehicles from its fourth-quarter North American production forecast yesterday.The reduction, which was larger than many Wall Street $l observers had expected, prompted analysts to trim their earnings estimates for the giant automaker and predict more difficult times for GM.Since September, GM has cut more than 80,000 vehicles from its fourth-quarter forecast for North American production, reflecting continued problems with new model launches like those for the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire.
August 12, 2007
It is a retail confrontation: McDonald's versus Starbucks, a real-life struggle pitting a fierce fast-food chain with 30,000-plus stores against a fierce gourmet coffee chain of more than 14,000 outlets. The world is their playing field. Some contend these two companies aren't direct competitors. But as they seek to increase profitability and expand worldwide, it is inevitable offerings and style will morph a bit. There are only so many ways to drink and eat quickly, short of intravenous feeding.
February 21, 1993
A common thread runs through shops in West Annapolis, where the owner likely will be the person behind the counter, a nearby resident and a woman.Owners of the couple of dozen specialty boutiques in wood-frame former homes lining Annapolis Street couldn't say for sure why."It's just the nature of the beast," surmised Claudine Hawkins, a 25-year-old who opened The Red Balloon, a children's consignment shop, last month. "Black-Eyed Susan is needlepoint, and Papagallo -- you wouldn't expect a man to run them, not the type of shops we have."