Charles Village

Hopkins to convert Blackstone apartments to 115-room hotel

A rendering of the planned Study Hotel at 3333 N. Charles St. Image courtesy of JHU/Hospitality 3.

Johns Hopkins University is turning one of two adjacent, nearly century-old apartment buildings into a 115-room hotel, complete with a restaurant and meeting and conference spaces.

Walking, biking paths coming to St. Paul and E. 33rd Street medians near Hopkins

The intersection of St. Paul and E. 33rd streets, facing N. Charles Street. Photo courtesy of JHU.

Hopkins is looking to make a few high-traffic streets of Charles Village a bit more complete.

Starting this week and running through 2019, a stretch of blocks along St. Paul and E. 33rd streets will almost assuredly become a thorny obstacle course of road work and other construction. But once finished, Johns Hopkins University says it’ll be a more “vibrant, walkable retail district” catering to the students and residents in the area.

Bird in Hand applies for liquor license, plans more events and a few upgrades

Photo via Bird in Hand/Facebook

Upon joining as a co-owner of Bird in Hand in 2017, Emma Snyder said she saw the then-new business “was a really terrific model of merging a bookstore with a truly social space.”

Wax Atlas is opening a brick-and-mortar record store in Charles Village

The inside of Wax Atlas at 22 W. 25th Street. Photo courtesy of Andy Phillips.

It was two years ago that Andy Phillips stumbled upon what he dubs the “white whale” for vinyl collectors, a storage unit chock full of tens of thousands of records. Phillips had put up an ad on Craigslist as he was building up stock for his online record store (and formerly a blog under the same name), Wax Atlas.

A man responded to the ad, saying his father, who had owned a storage facility, passed away, and he was looking to offload a 15-by-20-foot unit full of vinyl, VHS tapes and other media.

“The urban legend that we all talk about, like, Oh, there’s a storage locker somewhere that’s filled with thousands of records that have been there forever… that’s what this was,” Phillips said.

‘Rolling Stone’ names Ottobar one of the 10 best live music venues in America

Photo via Loopnet

The Ottobar is one of the 10 best live music venues in the country, according to no less an authority than legendary rock magazine Rolling Stone.

Nonprofit video store Beyond Video to open Friday

Photo by Post Typography

Beyond Video, the nonprofit aiming to bring the old-school video store experience back to life, will open its doors to the public on Friday.

City crews removing sidewalk, retaining wall seen sinking on E. 26th Street

Crews on the scene of a E. 26th Street, where a sidewalk above a CSX rail line buckled. Photo by Brian O’Doherty.

A portion of E. 26th Street above a CSX train route appears to be sinking, four years after a retaining wall two blocks away collapsed into the rail bed below.

Fixed up after grease fire, Charles Village Pub to reopen this Thursday


It’s been a long summer without the Charles Village Pub, but the neighborhood institution is finally set to reopen this week after bouncing back from a grease fire.

Event Pick: Local writer John Lingan discusses his book on a Virginia town, ‘Homeplace’

Photo by Pat Jarrett

John Lingan has written about everything from Baltimore photographer Devin Allen to baseball in the Trump era to the legendary status of Smokey Robinson. For his first book, “Homplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk,” he heads to Winchester, Virginia, to find country music DJ Jim McCoy, the first person to give airtime to the singer Patsy Cline. McCoy also started the titular honky-tonk on his family’s land in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Event Pick: R. House hosts a benefit for Charles Village Pub


We told you recently about a local brewery, Peabody Heights, hosting a fundraiser for the staff of Charles Village Pub after the beloved bar had to close following a grease fire. Now another brewer, Union Craft, and the food hall R. House are stepping up to do the same tonight.