Black-owned skin care company NKVSKIN opens with support from program striving to fill downtown Baltimore vacancies

A sign reading “Love the NKVSKIN you’re in” hangs above the new downtown storefront for owner Nikia Keevie Vaughan’s skin care company NKVSKIN on North Charles Street. Photo by Liv Barry.

Black-owned skin care company NKVSKIN is the second of five storefronts opening in downtown Baltimore this year through a program striving to fill downtown vacancies and support Black entrepreneurs.

Owner and licensed esthetician Nikia Keevie Vaughan celebrated the grand opening of her business’s storefront on North Charles Street on Wednesday. She is one of the members of the 2021 class of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Black-Owned and Operated Storefront Tenancy (BOOST) program.

Downtown Baltimore’s historic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower to reopen to the public April 9


Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Marcus Payne via Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower/Instagram.

Baltimore’s iconic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower will reopen to the public on April 9, with the tower’s galleries, artist studios, museum, and famous clock on display. 

Alertus Technologies to bring 220 jobs to Baltimore with relocation to Downtown’s ticker building


10 N. Charles Street. Designed by Ziger/Snead. Photo by Baltimore Heritage/Flickr.

Alertus Technologies plans to bring 220 jobs to Baltimore when the company completes its relocation to Downtown Baltimore’s “ticker” building this year. 

Candy Lane: A new holiday season attraction in Downtown Baltimore


Candy Lane is new holiday season attraction in Downtown Baltimore.

Don’t tell the not-quite-autumn leaves, but 24-foot-tall ice cream cones, a forest of candy canes and thousands of festive lights are on display in downtown Baltimore.

Candy Lane is a larger-than-life experience from the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit management group that is boosting Baltimore’s central business district, which is also home to some of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

From Nov. 20 to Dec. 23, on Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m., Candy Lane — at Center Plaza, or 100 N. Charles Street — will provide families and furry friends with hot chocolate and holiday cheer — as well as the perfect selfie backdrop.

Bright lights, big city: Baltimore signage district to bring energy to downtown


A projection installation on the D & F Tower in Denver. (credit: Third Dune Productions/Nightlights Denver)

Select buildings in downtown Baltimore could soon be ablaze with lighted signs and digital billboards, following permission last month by the Baltimore City Council.

Within a new district created by ordinance, more than a dozen electronic signs could be located throughout downtown — displaying art installations and interactive gaming opportunities while generating revenue for arts and downtown programming. The scale of the new signage district, officials note, would not be akin to Times Square in New York City or the Vegas strip – but is modeled after successful programs in Denver and Atlanta.

“The concept is not to overwhelm the visual beauty that we already have here,” said Lauren Hamilton of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “I think we all love Baltimore, the architecture and the views. It is not the intent of this initiative to change that at all.”

Woman’s Industrial Exchange ceases operation, transfers building and assets to Marian House


Women's Industrial ExchangeAfter 140 years of operation, the Woman’s Industrial Exchange of Baltimore City is no more.

The nonprofit known for tomato aspic, deviled eggs and Golden Girl waitresses announced today that its board has ceased operations and turned its landmark N. Charles Street building and assets over to another local group dedicated to helping women, Marian House.

The action marks the end of an organization that was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1882 to help women earn income at a time when jobs for women outside the home were scarce.

Downtown restaurant Maisy’s announces it’s closing for good


Image via Google Street View.

Maisy’s, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown known for brick oven pizzas and creative takes on classic American fare, will not reopen after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, owner Matt Helme posted on Facebook.

Fate of historic Martick’s building still in question after panel rejects removing the roof


A rendering of the former Martick’s building with a “green screen” in place of the roof. Courtesy: Chris Janian.

The developer who agreed last year to explore restoring part of the historic Martick’s restaurant building in downtown’s west side now says he is not able to carry out his original plan because the public funds he was seeking never came through.

The HI Baltimore Hostel, an affordable option for travelers, closes and goes up for sale


Photo by Ed Gunts.

For sale: 38-bed hostel. Prime downtown location. Lots of memories.

After serving thousands of budget-conscious travelers over the past four decades, one of Baltimore’s most affordable lodging options has closed its doors permanently and is now for sale for $675,000.

The HI Baltimore Hostel at 17 W. Mulberry St., served its last customers on Oct. 19 and is being shown to prospective buyers.

A Festival of Literature & Light – Brilliant Baltimore – 11/1 – 11/10


Join us for a 10-day, one-of-a-kind international event at Brilliant Baltimore. Starting Friday, November 1, Brilliant Baltimore will illuminate the city for 10 days with literature, ideas, world-class art installations, and live performances. Engage with authors, poets, thought leaders and innovators in lively discussions. Check out awe-inspiring works of art and light from artists around the world. Groove to live music and DJ sets throughout the festival concourse and the Brilliant Baltimore Concert Stage. Hungry? Foodies will love the menu of food trucks, local vendors, and bars that reflect Baltimore’s food scene. Celebrity chefs will also take to the stage to share their pro tips and bites. Stop by and witness Baltimore shine.

LIT City Dance Party in Downtown Baltimore – 11/8


Join hundreds of Downtown neighbors at LIT CITY for an illuminated dance party Friday, November 8th. Tickets include food from some of Baltimore’s best restaurants like Sobo Café, Cazbar, Roy’s Restaurant, and HomeSylce, open bars, serious vibes from DJ Cory T, performances by HoneyLuna, Circus Entertainment, and more. Must be 21+. Grab your tickets today for an unforgettable LIT Friday night.

Royal Farms Arena under new management after merger between AEG and SMG


Photo by stephencearley, via Flickr

There’s a new global venue management firm running the show–all the shows–at Royal Farms Arena.

Longtime homeless refuge closed in downtown Baltimore ‘until further notice’


Photo by Ed Gunts

One of the few sanctioned gathering spots for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Baltimore has been shut down “until further notice.”

New train station opens at Camden Yards


Photo by Ed Gunts

Baltimore, the birthplace of American railroading, has a new train station.

Proposed Charm City Night Market mural gets thumbs down from preservation commission


Photo by Ed Gunts

Leaders of Baltimore’s Chinatown Collective had what they thought was a promising idea for their second annual Charm City Night Market, coming up on Sept. 21.

They identified a prominent building where they envisioned painting a large mural, hoping to help draw people to the West Side district where the event will take place. The building owner agreed to it. Best of all, an artist collective from Washington D.C. offered to paint it for free.

But it’s not happening–not this year, at least.