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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.