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Nonprofit CEO Says Books Still Matter in a Digital Age

So you scanned the headlines on your iPhone and downloaded the latest issue of your favorite magazine on your iPad. But you probably still have cherished memories of your favorite books that you wouldn't trade for the latest Apple gadget, says Baltimore Reads CEO Shirley Bigley LaMotte. 

Step OUT: For the Launch of an Urban Culture Blog

Baltimore's emerging hip hop and urban culture scene has gotten its own voice with True Laurels. Founder Lawrence Burney is hosting a free event with live local music and visual art April 6.

Photo Essay: Baltimore's West Side Story

Fluid Movement, a Baltimore theater group known for performing water ballets, has told the story of Baltimore's retail history. This time, the actors are on skates. Bmore Media Managing Photographer Steve Ruark captured the quirky tale with his lens. Step back in time with this photo essay.  

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. 

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. 

Entrepreneur Sells Sweet Snack to Whole Foods

Nikki Lewis drew on her childhood love of sticky marshmallow treats to found Mallow Munchies. Last month, she opened a Baltimore County cafe selling the Rice Krispies Treats and recently snagged a deal to sell the dessert in Whole Foods. 

Squash in the City

SquashWise is part of a growing urban squash movement that is teaching students to excel on and off the courts. The Baltimore nonprofit now wants its rackets to reach three times as many students in the coming years as it builds on its track record of achievement. 

Video: Celebrating Black Male Identity

Art on Purpose spent a year challenging black male stereotypes through dance, dialogues and art exhibits held throughout Baltimore. The nonprofit shares some of the project's highlights and the lessons learned. 

New Boutique Owners Design Their Future in Retail

A handful of women entrepreneurs have opened trendy fashion boutiques in Baltimore within the past year. By keeping prices and expenses low, using social media to promote the stores and staying ahead of the fashion curve, they hope to hang on by more than a thread as they ride out the bumpy economy.

Baltimore City Kids Offer Lessons in Startup Success

Do you have an elevator pitch? Kids participating in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program do. The nonprofit's executive director says any budding business owner can learn from these students who learn how to craft a business plan and get money from investors.

Photo Essay: Maryland Historical Society

Bmore Media Managing Photographer Arianne Teeple captures notable architectural details and exhibits at the 167-year-old Maryland Historical Society museum and library in this photo essay. She highlights pieces from the Mount Vernon attraction's folk art collection and an exhibit that takes a look at Maryland’s role in the Civil War. She also takes photos from its War of 1812 collection, which will take on greater significance this year as 2012 marks the war's 200-year anniversary.

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?

Opening Baltimore: OSI-Baltimore's 2011 Community Fellows

You can call the world your home. You can care about more than one place and learn lessons that apply globally from highly localized, community-oriented action. Open Society Institute-Baltimore operates with the goal of letting underserved communities know that they matter. Today, OSI-Baltimore announces its 14th class of Community Fellows.

Best of Bmore: Jen Royle's Year in the Life of Baltimore

Here's a look back at Neal Shaffer's interview with sports reporter Jen Royle, soon after wrapping her first season on the Orioles beat and getting through her first quarter of the season with the Ravens.
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