Eddie’s joins other grocers in rewarding customers who bring reusable bags

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Stephen Shaffer bags groceries for a customer. Photo courtesy of Eddie’s of Roland Park.

As city lawmakers weigh banning plastic bags and levying a new tax on paper ones, homegrown Baltimore grocer Eddie’s of Roland Park is joining its peers in trying to incentivize shoppers to bring their own receptacles from home.

Feds charge man with making threatening calls to Owings Mills synagogue

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Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation. Image via Google Street View.

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted 64-year-old man Stephen Lyle Orback for making threatening calls to the Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation in Owings Mills, suggesting there would be a mass shooting at the synagogue.

Grand Central and Agora redevelopment projects in Mount Vernon move ahead

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The planned design for City House Charles at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street. Design by SM+P Architects, via CHAP.

Two Mount Vernon redevelopment projects are moving ahead after Baltimore’s preservation commission this week approved designs that will significantly alter a prominent block of N. Charles Street.

Landmark Partners won approval for its plan to build an eight-story office building called City House Charles in place of the Grand Central nightclub at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street. Developers say they have already identified tenants for 100 percent of the office portion.

And Agora Inc. was permitted to transform the former Hynson, Westcott and Dunning building at 1030 N. Charles St., to a new hub for its growing workforce. It will be the 13th building renovated by Agora along the Charles Street corridor, which has become a virtual campus for its employees.

Hot Plate: B-More Kitchen Battle of the Brands, Fiesta del Mar at Clavel, cooking classes at Gertrude’s and Cosima and more

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B-more Kitchen’s Battle of the Brands is back again this year, with a fun party and friendly competition at the Accelerator Space on Thursday.

Summertime is waning, but that doesn’t mean the Baltimore restaurant scene is heading off on vacation. This week includes news of a bunch of high-profile autumn openings, continuing restaurant week promotions and several events that promise to be a lot of fun.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Plan chosen for new Center for Architecture and Design downtown, future home of local AIA chapter

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Rendering of a proposed light and projection beacon for the Light City festival on the planned Center for Architecture and Design. Image from presentation by Quinn Evans Architects/courtesy of AIA Baltimore

Baltimore’s very own Center for Architecture and Design at One Charles Center is moving forward, with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects announcing today that it’s picked a proposal.

Weekend Events Calendar: Hot August Music Festival, Crab Feast at Oriole Park, Muslim Food Fest, Vegan Restaurant Week

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Photo via Hot August Music Festival/Facebook

This weekend, get out to see some music at the Hot August Music Festival or, for the food-inclined, check out the Muslim Food Festival and Vegan Restaurant Week. There’s also a new jazz club opening on Howard Street, a crab feast on the field at Oriole Park and more. Here’s the full list: