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House of the Day: Stone-Fronted Colonial in Parkville

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$495,000
9014 Satyr Hill Road, Baltimore
5 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
9014 Satyr Hill Road
MAJOR PRICE ADJUSTMENT, NEW W/W UPPER AREAS, & WALLPAPER OFF-SO NEW PAINT – on top of approx. 3700 sf of living area * 2 lovely CUSTOM additions expand KIT, MASTER SUITE, & GREAT RM. Expansive Deck allows full enjoyment of great yard & peaceful setting-backs to trees! This special home will suit a Buyer looking for convenient location with a country-feel and move-in condition. (NEW PHOTOS COMING)
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Be Disloyal and Support Baltimore’s High Quality Coffee Scene

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Loyalty cards and loyalty programs encourage customers to keep coming back to the same store in hopes of gaining perks or discounts or some other amorphous reward. But what do you do when you don’t want customers to return to the same places again and again — when, in contrast, you want them to find entirely new places to explore? Why, you give them a disloyalty card, of course!

Charm City Cook: Out of a Rut and Into B&O American Brasserie

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You know how you get into ruts with restaurants? You stick close to home, stay with safe bets on dishes or go to the same places over and over. I sometimes joke that I never leave Hampden, but…I’m really lucky. Since moving to my ‘hood 13 years ago, it has become better and better, especially where food is concerned. We have some pretty great places like The Food MarketCorner BYOBArtifact CoffeeBirroteca and more. But everyone has to branch out and I’ve been doing lots of that lately.

Last month I did a piece on spring cocktails around town and for it, I went out for drinks six nights in a row. I honestly was exhausted. But really glad I did it. I met some great people and had incredibly creative cocktails. On my tour, I visited B&O American Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco (Baltimore & Charles).  It’s in a ‘hood I don’t visit often since I don’t live or work downtown, which is part of the reason I hadn’t been there in about two years. I’d forgotten how gorgeous the 1906 Beaux Arts building is – it’s the former headquarters for the B&O Railroad. After valeting your car, make sure you walk through the hotel’s lobby to take it all in.

B&O Brasserie

Here are the cocktails my friend and I had that first night – they were fantastic.

The Baltimore Original Sewing and Quilt Expo

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Sewing Expo

catch of the day fish (2)In 1913, when pockets first began appearing in women’s clothing, a Parisian reporter wrote (in response to this travesty), “it’s all over with men’s superiority over women.” Hmm. Perhaps it was a rather slippery slope, from there on out. That’s why we’re not here to say, “This isn’t your granny’s sewing and quilt expo.” After all, it seems that your granny’s sewing expo just may have helped paved the way for such novelties as women’s voting rights and equal pay. You know, the little things. But it is true that less people (women and non) are doing their own sewing these days. But if you’ve ever experienced the satisfaction of creating your own garment by hand (apron-making in Home Economics class, anyone?) you know how triumphant it can feel. Perfect for both newbies and dedicated crafters is the Baltimore Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, happening this weekend at the Convention Center.

Urban Splendor: Industrial Chic Warehouse Renovation Near Camden Yards

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Hot House: 625 Portland Street, Baltimore, 21230

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Renovated sign store and warehouse in Ridgely’s Delight, circa 1920, brick and stucco, with original frontage, gutted and completely rehabbed. 8,556 square feet over three stories, including large walled and landscaped courtyard with pond.  Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths,  elevator, private off-street parking for six cars, whole house intercom and music systems, gourmet kitchen with fireplace: $1,295,000

House of The Day: Warehouse For Sale, Walk To Stadiums

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$650,000
337 Fremont Avenue, Ridgely’s Delight
0 bedroom(s), 0 bathroom(s)
337 Fremont Avenue
337 Fremont Avenue
337 Fremont Avenue
337 Fremont Avenue
337 Fremont Avenue

Elephants on Parade

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Barnum and Bailey are in Baltimore for the next few days, bearing bastions of clowns and menagerie of talented animals.  Today at 11:45a, the elephants from the circus will parade through downtown, from the 1st Mariner’s Arena, through Hopkins Plaza, down to Lexington Market.  I, for one, hope there will be gossipy lady elephants reminiscent of the Golden Girls, talking smack about a misfit toddler elephant.  There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by taking my lunch break downtown, and watching these elephants parade towards some crabcakes at Faidley’s.  

RAW Batimore: April 4th

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catch of the day fish (2)Did anyone else notice how this past weekend really felt like spring? And it wasn’t just the weather. Maybe it’s just us and our glittering social calendar, but really, it was as though after months of semi-hibernation and getting through the drear, everyone, all at once, finally decided that this was the weekend for overlapping parties, performances, brunches, and general getting together.  But it’s cool; we were all too happy to provide the mimosas. But now that spring is here, we’re looking forward to weeks (nay, months) of taking in all the art and culture and general revelry that the city has to offer. A good start for those just coming out of their winter shells? RAW Baltimore’s April event, scheduled for this Thursday, April 4th.

Baltimore Loses Another Bookstore

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Sad news:  Yet another Baltimore bookstore will be shutting its doors as of later this month. The Book Escape‘s Calvert Street branch, which sells both used, rare, and new books, opened three years ago as an addition to its Federal Hill location. (That branch is staying open.) But since no one except me apparently likes to buy books in person anymore, sales weren’t strong enough to keep the second store going, and it’ll be officially closing on March 28.

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