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Entrepreneurs Go From Farm to Retail

The owners of some of your favorite lunch spots and bakeries started out as vendors at area farmers markets, where they learned invaluable lessons about customer service and marketing. Find out how these entrepreneurs made the transition from the markets to standalone retail operations.  

Arts Collective EMP Ready For Next Act in New Space

Arts group EMP Collective is ready for the spotlight. It's moving into a new space in downtown Baltimore's west side and expects its budget to double this year. 

Technology Makes Engineering Firm a Concrete Success

Maryland company Structural has helped preserve the buildings that house the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. The company also plans to hire 100 over the next three years. 

What's Next for North Avenue?

Several building owners hope to breathe more life into the neighborhood's northern section by renovating buildings along North Avenue.

Tune In To Hear About WTMD's New Move

Movie nights. Free concerts. Weddings. Fundraising Events. And a higher transmitter so even folks out in Montgomery County can hear the alternative radio station's music. Those are some of the plans WTMD has in store once it moves to a new spot that is four times bigger than its current home. 

Redevelopment of Park Heights Moves Forward With Slots Money

An ambitious redevelopment plan is underway in the Northwest section of Baltimore. Park Heights is getting new senior housing a ball field and interest from private developers. Neighborhood residents are also receiving home-buying, tutoring and other services that are funded with slots money. 

Harborplace Makeover to Include More Activity on Light Street

When it opened more than 30 years ago, Harborplace was hailed as a watershed urban redevelopment project. Over time, the downtown city mall had started showing its age. Now it's turning another corner with new tenants opening this summer and plans to breathe more life onto Light Street. 

Catching More Business With Honey

Tracie and Cliff Spriggs moved into a new space in Randallstown this month to grow their catering business and rent out commercial kitchen space to aspiring chefs. Icedgems and Mallow Crunchies are some of Honey Biscuits' clients. 

Cuban Heritage Inspires Cafe, Cuisine and Cooking Show

After struggling to find a job during the recession, Marta Ines Quintana was forced to switch gears. She parlayed her culinary and marketing skills to form a food business that draws on her family's Cuban heritage. She started a prepared food business and opened a Towson cafe. Next on her agenda: a TV cooking show. 

Healthy Growth: Wellness School Tai Sophia Seeks University Status

Students from around the nation come to Tai Sophia Institute to learn about herbal medicine, nutrition and acupuncture. As national interest in wellness grows, the Howard County school is adding new programs, growing enrollment and seeking university status. 

What's On Tap? Brewing Up Business in Baltimore.

Consumers’ demand for artisanal, local products has led many beer lovers to turn their hobbies into new ventures. Several new breweries and beer-themed restaurants are in the works for Greater Baltimore as craft brew makers savor an uptick in sales. 

Development With a Mission? Possible.

Seawall Development has turned a vacant building in Remington into a thriving apartment and office complex for teachers and nonprofits. It is on the verge of completing a similar redevelopment in Hampden. Now, the Baltimore developer is about to take its socially responsible mission to other cities.

You've Come a Long Way, Station North

It’s no secret that Station North has been making some changes. Over the years, it’s evolved from a run-down neighborhood known for its crime into a thriving arts community. But the past couple of years have been especially busy for Station North. There’s been a sharp increase in the number of businesses opening up, and its monthly Final Friday events are attracting new crowds. But can the neighborhood sustain this momentum once it loses a key anchor later this year?

What do Jen Royle, Duff Goldman and Mike Brenner Have in Common?

Articles on food, startups, local celebs, design and solutions for urban blight were among readers' favorites in 2011. Take a look to see what stories made the cut.

Putting Money on the Table

After a dearth of new restaurant openings during the last two years, Baltimore witnessed a restaurant revival in 2011 as investors were once again hungry for new ventures. The owners of several new contemporary bistros, a Hollywood actor and a celebrity chef bet big on Charm City just in the last six months. 
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