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March 27, 2013
I live in Otterbein. I believe in shopping locally. Rather than shopping at the big box stores in the suburbs where I would save money, I shop almost exclusively in the city. The mayor's office emphasizes the importance of Baltimore's "Main Streets. " The Baltimore City Council encourages shopping downtown. Why, then, are the parking meter fees in Federal Hill so high? I pay $2 an hour to shop on Charles and Light Streets in Federal Hill. I often stay 90 minutes and therefore pay $3 or more just to park.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
If you've ever been at one of Baltimore's ballparks with a souvenir Orioles or Ravens cup in hand, it was most likely made by Savage-based Acme Paper and Supply Co. The family-run business, born in Baltimore in the 1940s, has been with the Orioles for decades and is now responsible for stocking many of the region's largest attractions - M&T Bank Stadium, Maryland Live Casino, King's Dominion - with cups, nacho trays, napkins and a slew of other...
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | January 22, 1992
Owners of a North Main Street storefront succeeded in getting their building rezoned to local business last night after a 30-minute closed meeting by the Town Council.The request was similar to a controversial one from last summer by William Matthews, when the council rejected Matthews' request to rezone his Main Street property to local business. Matthews is disputing that decision in court.Like Matthews, Jerry and E. Virginia Wilhelm claimed the 1986 change of their property from general business to residential zoning wasa mistake.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
At least one local business is planning to fly drones over Baltimore after a judge ruled that there is no law prohibiting the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft. Terry Kilby, who with his wife, Belinda, published a book last year of aerial photographs of the city taken by unmanned aircraft, said Friday that they would launch their "rent-a-drone" operation next week. "It's really a great day for all of us that are in this industry," he said. "We've seen lots of companies go bankrupt waiting for this to happen, and it's a nice relief now to see this.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | November 17, 1991
The director of Loyola College's new Center for Family, Work and Education in Columbia said a recent survey of Howard County business leaders shows a surprisingly liberal shift that he expects could eventually influence local public policy.Joseph Procaccini studied 130 responses to the 12-question survey, which asked opinions on such issues as gun control (87 percent favored it), abortion (65 percent believe it is not morally wrong), and the availability of condoms in the public schools (78 percent support it)
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | February 1, 1993
Fast food at Fort Meade is giving heartburn to at least one West County business woman.Burger King formally opened its doors Friday on the Odenton Army post, complete with balloons, brass and burgers.But while Col. Kent D. Menser, the garrison commander, hailed the new restaurant as "an example of growth at Fort Meade," Mary Chewning couldn't help feeling that the restaurant forces local businesses into unfair competition against a government-run enterprise."The local business base will be destroyed," said Ms. Chewning, whose husband is a major landowner in Odenton.
NEWS
June 24, 2012
Some Bel Air firefighters recently got in trouble for posting comments on Facebook that expressed disappointment that a local fast food restaurant had failed to extend them a discount routinely offered police and military personnel. The comments included a snide suggestion that the owner might feel differently if he found his dumpster set on fire or if the volunteers declined to respond to a fire on the premises. Eddie Hopkins, chief of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, took swift and appropriate action, giving reprimands to the nine firefighters involved, suspending several members and demoting an officer.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city's wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
It is sad to hear that a local business, Santoni's Supermarket, will be closing after more than eight decades serving the people of southeast Baltimore ("Highlandtown Santoni's folds," Oct. 14). Not only are 80 people going to be out of jobs, but now another Baltimore neighborhood faces life in a food desert, all too common of a problem in our city. Santoni's has been in business since the tail end of the Great Depression, stayed in business through food rationing of World War II, though white flight of the '60's and '70's, and countless recessions, including the Great Recession of which some of the effects can still be felt.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
They gathered before dawn in a hotel parking lot, determined to prove themselves right. A former state senator. The one-time leader of Maryland's most populous county. Several local business owners. Would the Intercounty Connector, Maryland's most expensive highway, be everything they had promised the public over decades of debate and planning? To answer the question Tuesday morning, just hours after the road opened, these pillars of the community staged a road rally of sorts, pitting two time-honored Gaithersburg-to-Laurel routes against the new highway.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
On Feb. 3, 2013, crowds surged out of the city's restaurants and bars, filling the streets with purple attire and raw emotion after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory. A thousand miles away, in New Orleans, fans madly high-fived one another at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as purple and gold confetti wafted down from the roof. In its postseason reverie, Baltimore seemed to be floating above winter. But a year later - with the Ravens out of Sunday's Super Bowl after missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season - area fans are feeling the chill.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
I see that the Baltimore Development Corp. has hired a Texas-based consultant to "develop a strategy [for Baltimore City] to improve its business climate" ( "City to study ways to improve Baltimore's economic and business climate," Dec. 3). In a previous letter I described the city's lack of interest in aiding its existing small businesses and the loss of such businesses. As a result of that letter, I received correspondence from four local or family owned businesses with a combined 300 years of operation in Baltimore.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The long-time manager at the Ashland Café in Cockeysville arrived early on a Saturday to open the restaurant. But before he could get his key in the door, he said, two men held a gun to his temple. The men demanded that the terrified manager open his safe, the manager recalled, and made off with $15,000 in cash, a .45 caliber handgun, keys and a cellphone before fleeing in a silver car. They'd hit a liquor store and a chain restaurant in coming weeks before police tracked them down.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
It is sad to hear that a local business, Santoni's Supermarket, will be closing after more than eight decades serving the people of southeast Baltimore ("Highlandtown Santoni's folds," Oct. 14). Not only are 80 people going to be out of jobs, but now another Baltimore neighborhood faces life in a food desert, all too common of a problem in our city. Santoni's has been in business since the tail end of the Great Depression, stayed in business through food rationing of World War II, though white flight of the '60's and '70's, and countless recessions, including the Great Recession of which some of the effects can still be felt.
EXPLORE
By Catherine Mallette | October 3, 2013
When Theresa Lewis' husband, Bruce, a physician assistant, first came to her with the idea that they combine their talents and open their own workplace health-care clinic, she didn't immediately jump on board. As an electrical engineer, she had a good job already at Aberdeen Proving Ground. But Lewis also has the heart of an entrepreneur. In fact, she and Bruce had worked together on several enterprises since their days at Morgan State University, when they started selling sandwiches and chicken boxes to fellow students in the dorms.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Whether the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which will be run for a third time this Labor Day weekend, can survive depends on two factors: First, drawing and establishing fans of open-wheel racing during a time when the sport has struggled to keep people interested . Second, appeasing downtown businesses hurt by having the streets turned into a race track for the month of August. Organizers have taken many steps toward solving the first problem, moving an area for children inside -- away from the heat and noise -- and promising to book more entertainment options.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | October 24, 1994
Hampstead's Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss tonight changing the zoning for three tracts of land in the Roberts Field Business Center from general business to local business use.The tracts, which are restricted as part of a "planned business center," abut the Roberts Field housing development and are part of the shopping strip that houses a Weis Supermarket, a McDonald's and a Jos. A. Bank clothing outlet.Commissioners are considering a proposal, presented Sept. 26, for Blockbuster Video, Wendy's and Yingling General Tire Center on one of the tracts, which is at North Woods Trail and Clearview Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
After hearing rave reviews from his friends, Scott Cover decided it was time to try the pizza at Joe Squared himself. But after a lackluster pie and what he considered overpriced beers, Cover felt the popular Station North restaurant had fallen well short of his expectations. "Initially, I was severely let down," Cover, a 31-year-old information technology consultant, said recently of his March 2010 outing. "It was like, 'This isn't as awesome as everyone makes it seem.'" Then the Federal Hill resident did what many customers do after a bad experience: He turned on his computer and wrote about it. "The sauce was horribly bland, and I couldn't even taste it as it was simply overpowered by everything else on the pizza," Cover wrote.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
At Liam Flynn's Ale House in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District, two George Washingtons will get you a can of Natty Boh. But a single Baltimore BNote, with an image of Frederick Douglass on one side and an oriole on the other, will get you the same beer at half price. It's a special the bar's proprietors use to promote the circulation of the local currency. "It's a deal - and people take advantage of it every day," said Liam Flynn. "Usually it's about 20 BNotes a day. " The BNote recently turned 2 years old and is now accepted at more than 200 local businesses.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
I live in Otterbein. I believe in shopping locally. Rather than shopping at the big box stores in the suburbs where I would save money, I shop almost exclusively in the city. The mayor's office emphasizes the importance of Baltimore's "Main Streets. " The Baltimore City Council encourages shopping downtown. Why, then, are the parking meter fees in Federal Hill so high? I pay $2 an hour to shop on Charles and Light Streets in Federal Hill. I often stay 90 minutes and therefore pay $3 or more just to park.
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