In Hamilton-Lauraville, one of the country’s oldest continuously operating children’s bookstores is approaching its final chapter

The Children’s Bookstore in Hamilton-Lauraville will close its doors after 43 years in business. The shop is one of the longest continuously-operating children’s bookstores in America. Photo by Ed Gunts.

After 43 years in business, including 32 in Roland Park and nearly three in Hamilton-Lauraville, The Children’s Bookstore is closing its doors.

Owner Melissa Doty has set July 25 as the final day of operation for the independent bookstore at 4717 Harford Road, part of the SoHa Row commercial district.

It will be the final chapter for one of the oldest continuously-operating children’s bookstores in America. It was also one of the original tenants of James Rouse’s Harborplace development, back when the twin pavilions featured local merchants rather than chain stores.

Hot House: Sweet Bungalow in Hamilton Asks $224,900


Hot House: 5413 Grindon Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214

Wood frame bungalow, circa 1926, with front porch and back deck, in excellent condition. Four bedrooms, two full baths over two stories and 1,313 sq. ft., with full, unfinished basement.  Many recent updates in 2017-2018 including new roof, new furnace, remodeled bathroom, french drain and sump pump, large fenced garden with raised beds. Tool shed, above-ground pool, fully fenced yard. .25 acre lot: $224,900 

New Live Baltimore Videos inspire Mayor, City Schools CEO, Local Families

Mayor Catherine Pugh and Live Baltimore’s Executive Director Annie Milli at the screening.

On Aug. 29, Live Baltimore hosted an exclusive video screening celebrating the release of three new videos — highlighting Baltimore City’s amazing schools, families and surrounding neighborhoods as part of the Way to Stay program.

Hamilton’s Green Onion Market to Shut Down After Five Years

Photo via Google Streetview

After half a decade operating on Harford Road, Hamilton’s beloved Green Onion Market is closing its doors.

Zeke’s Coffee Moving to Larger Space in Planned SoHa Row

Courtesy Zeke’s Coffee/Facebook

Zeke’s Coffee in Lauraville is plotting a move, but it’s not going far.

Baltimore Artist Dedicates Herself to Family, Nature, and Social Responsibility

Kacey Stafford of Found Studio
Kacey Stafford of Found Studio

Kacey Stafford is an independent, mixed media artist in Baltimore, creating beautiful patterned paintings filled with color and texture. Her one-woman art business, Found Studio, offers her own hand collaged paintings featuring uplifting sayings, botanical and animal imagery, and Maryland themes. She manages an aesthetic that could fit in at Anthropologie, as well as it could a pop-art exhibit, or child’s playroom.

Hamilton Bakery Set to Close

Get 'em while they last (via Hamilton Bakery)
Get ’em while they last (via Hamilton Bakery)

One of the Harford Road small businesses that gives Hamilton its charm is set to close.

Clementine is Back! With Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Your Table


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Our mission is simple – offer seasonal, local and,most importantly, delicious food made from scratch.
Clementine holiday sides are beautifully presented in a glass pie plate. Just heat & serve!  Our side dishes will truly compliment any bird or your vegetarian main dish and will be a tasty complement to whatever is being served at your  Thanksgiving table.

Clementine to Close in August

Photo via Clementine/Facebook
Photo via Clementine/Facebook

Count this as notice to plan your last visit. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Richard Gorelick, the husband-and-wife team behind Clementine is closing its brick and mortar restaurant on Harford Road in August.

Zeke’s Coffee Brings Us Kopi Luwak


Kopi Luwak

catch of the day fish (2)If you’re given to foodie-ish tendencies, or you’re one of those who easily goes in for specialty, rarely-imported delicacies, you’ve probably heard of Kopi Luwak. No, that’s not a character from the next Star Wars release. It’s the (in)famous coffee variety that’s so perfectly processed, so hard to come by, and so delicately flavored that it could only come from one place– the digestive tract of the Asian palm civet, which, if you didn’t know, is a small, tree-dwelling mammal akin to a squirrel or weasel. Yes, that’s right. This prized coffee variety gets its unmatched, coveted flavor by passing all the way through another animal’s digestive system. And now, Zeke’s is bringing it to Baltimore.