Hampden

Neighborhood Spotlight: Businesses Thrive and Community Flourishes in Hampden

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Hampden Baltimore MD

When you ask merchants and residents of Hampden what makes their neighborhood a great place to open a business, grow a family or just to live day-to-day, the answer is always the same.

“It’s a unique blend of artists, working class people, general Baltimore weirdos and business owners all mixing together with new residents and visitors,” said Benn Ray, co-owner of Atomic Books on Falls Road and president of the Hampden Village Merchants Association, a group of about 150 merchants that promote the neighborhood’s business interests. “[Hampden] is a neighborhood with a lot of character and community.”

Little Bird in Hampden to shut down this weekend, plans in works for pub-style expansion

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

Bluebird Cocktail Room’s subterranean sibling will pour its final cappuccinos and spritzes this weekend, as the operators plan to shut it down after Sunday’s breakfast and lunch service.

Team behind Papi’s Tacos in Hampden eyes mid-March opening

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

Baltimore restaurateur Charlie Gjerde says his team is “coming down the home stretch” for its anticipated Papi’s Tacos location in Hampden, and is tentatively eyeing an opening in mid-March.

Nepenthe Brewing Co.’s experimental beers and innovative pub food are just days away

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

The starting line is near for Nepenthe Brewing Co. After about a year and a half of construction and outfitting the business’ sprawling new space at 3626 Falls Road, co-owner Brian Arnold said he should finish kegging the first four beers to be served there by the end of this weekend.

True Vine sets up GoFundMe for relocation

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

Amidst a rent dispute, the True Vine Record Shop has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for relocation costs and a rent deposit on a new space.

True Vine owner says he is being forced out by Golden West

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

The True Vine Record Shop, a Hampden-based record store that has been recognized as one of the nation’s best for its eclectic offerings and shelf space for experimental genres, says it is being forced out of its Hickory Avenue storefront by an unlikely foe: the Golden West Cafe, a funky Tex-Mex restaurant around the corner, on W. 36th Street.

Golden West Cafe takes on new investors with an eye toward expansion

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

Golden West Cafe, the eclectic restaurant serving Southwestern food in Hampden for the last two decades, is taking on new investors with an eye toward expanding its current space on The Avenue and possibly opening other locations, co-owner Samantha Claassen said.

Planning Commission green-lights five new townhouses in Hampden

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The future site of five new townhomes at Ash and W. 36th streets in Hampden. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Baltimore’s Planning Commission on Thursday approved a developer’s plan to add five new townhouses at the western edge of Hampden in North Baltimore, in spite of the neighborhood association’s objections about the parking arrangement and front-facing design of the new residences.

PinBaltimore 2018 packs three days of pinball, live music, art and more into Holy Frijoles

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A woman plays a The Addams Family pinball machine at Holy Frijoles, host venue to PinBaltimore 2018. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Geoffrey Danek has been an avid collector of pinball machines for years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he went to his first-ever tournament at The Windup Space to play with fellow aficionados of the game.

HampdenFest 2018 in Photos

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Photo by Tedd Henn.

Despite a steady rain, whose presence has seemed to affect so many events this summer, HampdenFest went on as planned. Check out our photo gallery of the damp Saturday fun as people braved the weather to see the bands play and the toilet bowl racers race at the annual end-of-summer street festival in the Hampden neighborhood.

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