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ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Jesse Wong's Kitchen has closed at Hunt Valley Town Centre. "Jesse Wong's Kitchen closed on May 31 after 10 successful years of doing business in Hunt Valley Towne Centre," Michelle Schiffer, a mall spokeswoman, confirmed via an email.  The 6,300 square-foot restaurant space will become the first Baltimore-area location of Bar Louie, an Addison, Texas-based bar and restaurant franchise known for its signature martinis. Schiffer said Bar Louie is expected to open in late summer-early fall.
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BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
The Arc Baltimore said Monday that it expects to launch an employment-assistance program for people with developmental disabilities, an effort helped by a $160,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Weinberg's two-year funding to the group is a "challenge grant" that requires matching dollars. The Arc Baltimore has raised the first $80,000. The group's planned program, Career Catalyst, will be in Hunt Valley. Adults with development disabilities would receive job-readiness education and internships.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Pier 1 Imports opened its newest Baltimore-area store today in Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Shoppers who come in through Wednesday will get free reusable bags and Pier 1 backscratchers. The Fort Worth-based retailer has 22 stores in Maryland and introduced a new store concept three years ago. "We...hope that our new location will inspire customers to discover the eclectic and fun merchandise that is unique to Pier 1 Imports," Alex W. Smith, president and CEO, said in the company's announcement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
The Valley Inn, a landmark property on Falls Road near the city-county border, is back in business. Now operated by Ted Bauer, owner of the of the popular Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, the Valley Inn has been revealing itself, quietly, in stages. First came a clubby bar, which opened in late January with an introductory menu of sandwiches and bar snacks. In late February, a traditional, wood-paneled dining room began serving a full dinner menu. Bauer acquired the Valley Inn in 2011 from John "Bud" Hatfield Jr., whose family had operated it for nearly 90 years.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
No one needs to convince the people running Green Bay Packaging's box-making plant in Hunt Valley that energy efficiency pays off. The last time they got assistance making nips and tucks to their process, they lowered electricity use 1 percent even as production jumped 20 percent. So when officials there got word of a new regional effort to help manufacturers lower energy costs, they rushed to sign up. "Of course, I was like, 'Count me in!'" said Tyson Aschliman, the plant's general manager.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Hunt Valley-based PSA Insurance & Financial Services announced Wednesday a $3 million merger with Armada Employer Services, a retail employee benefit consulting and human resources firm. Armada Employer Services, which is also headquartered in Hunt Valley, is a division of ArmadaCorp, an insurance and health care services business. As part of the merger, PSA will partner with ArmadaAdministrators, one of Armada's other divisions, to provide both companies' clients with access to Armada's administration services, the release said.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Denise Charrier McQuighan, a database engineer and Johns Hopkins University graduate, died of cancer March 5 at her Gaithersburg home. She was 55. Born Denise Anne Charrier in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of George Charrier, an engineer who lives in Cody, Wyo., and Jacqueline Watson Charrier, a Hunt Valley resident. Mrs. McQuighan was a 1976 graduate of Cincinnati's Western Hills High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences from the Johns Hopkins University.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
It is unfortunate that Baltimore's major newspaper uses language suggestive of class warfare in its editorial about estate tax relief ( "The $431 million payoff," March 21). "Aging millionaire?" "Ultra-rich?" "Manor homes and penthouses?" The editorial's rhetoric and misleading statistics ignore the real issue: Middle-class Marylanders who have worked hard and saved throughout their lives now find themselves forced to restructure their estates, give away their assets (and hope they don't run out of money)
NEWS
February 16, 2014
So, Rebecca Pearce was given five pay raises by the O'Malley administration while leading a failed health insurance exchange and spending millions of taxpayer dollars in the process ( "Former Md. health exchange director given five wage increases," Feb. 7). This should give Mr. O'Malley an additional incentive to run for president, since he is demonstrating the traits necessary for success in Washington: Hold no one accountable, reward incompetence and move the goal posts as necessary to redefine success.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
More than three years after its closing, the Valley Inn is back in business. Now owned by Ted Bauer, the owner and operator of the Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, the landmark on Falls Road just north of the beltway had its newly remodeled pub open for business last weekend. The pub is the first space to open under the Valley Inn's new ownership, but there's more to come, including a separate raw bar area and a full-scale dining room. For now, the pub appears to be operating on a part-time basis.
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